Is an extension always the solution.

It’s no secret that over the course of the past year or so, we’ve had to get a bit creative with how we’re utilising our homes. Using rooms for things that they were never designed for and trying our best to get ourselves through this crazy situation. So it’s completely understandable that those of us that have the means to, are exploring options to improve the home and make it that much more adaptable.

This begs the question, is an extension always the solution?

Of course I can’t just give a straight yes or no answer to something like this. It’s going to completely depend on the individual and their own situation. Lets take a look at some of the things you need to consider when thinking about extending your home.
First up, a lot of these considerations can be summed up into two categories; emotional and financial.
Perhaps a bit self explanatory, emotional benefits are those that include a decision or change that is going to directly affect you, your family or whoever dwells at the property and how you all feel. Will an extension disturb the equilibrium of the home, is it a short term or long term affect and is it a positive or negative affect? Ultimately is the change worth the emotional energy it takes to get there.
Financial benefits are all to do with money! Are your plans feasible and are you able to get the funds to facilitate them? By making sure that budget is a priority and ensuring that the budget you set out for this particular project is realistic, you will be setting yourself up in the best possible way. You want to get the best bang for your buck, having a quality structure built to a good standard, which means it will have durability and stability for the longest possible time. Don’t forget to be transparent about your budget with your contract too!
To help you with your decision, we’ve delved a little deeper into the pros and a few cons that can go along with extending.

1. It could add value to your home!

Purchasing a home is an investment, once you’re on the ladder this can be seen as an asset. Increasing living space is the perfect way to possibly add more value to your home, whether you’re planning on selling any time soon or not, it’t a solid way to future proof the home.
Emphasis on possibly here, while it’s rare for an extension to not add value, nothing is ever certain! Especially if it’s a poor thought out or sub quality build too. Take care to make sure you’re looking at the long term benefits of your particular plan and make sure it’s not something that will hinder the houses’s potential.

2. It could be far less expensive that moving!

One of the most common reasons for moving is due to lack of space, so instead of uprooting the family, more and more homeowners are opting for extending their current abodes. Taking into consideration the hassle of house hunting, packing, transporting, unpacking and just generally starting over again, a lot of people would agree with us when we say that improving the home may be just that little bit less stressful. On top of this, it’s more than likely going to be considerably cheaper too. extending is also a more preferred option if you have a young or growing family that is already settled in the area.

3. It’s unique to you!

Possibly our favourite reason in the ‘for’ camp when it comes to extending, is the fact that you’re able to design the space to fit you and your needs. It’s not often that if you decide to go down the moving route instead, that you’ll find the perfect, ready made home which won’t be needing adjustments, adding to the cost! By looking to improve your home, you can work with your architect and contractor to design something completely bespoke that suits the way you and your family live.

4. It might be easier than you think!

Have you heard of permitted development? This means that in most cases, you won’t need to apply for planning permission in order to extend your property. Most extensions will fall under permitted development, which are rights given to you as a homeowner, to make changes to your property without having to contact your local authority for permission, which can sometimes be the most stressful point! There are of course a few restrictions and conditions you have to meet to make sure that you qualify for permitted development rights, one example of this would be if you were to live in a conservation area. It’s always a good idea to double check before any work begins.
With the points highlighted above, you could of course see some of these as negatives. When your options are between moving or improving, you may not only be looking at it from a financial point of view, it may be that you feel your family would also benefit from a new area which is where the emotional weighs into it. This is why it’s always good to look at each point from all angles! Only you can make the decision on what’s best for you but whatever you decide, we’re very confident that ti will be the right one.

Design & Build

If you have a project in mind but don;t quite know where to start, O&U offer a Design & Build service that guides you through the process. Working with an in-house design team we can take care of the project from design stage all the way through to completion. If you’d like to find out more, send us an email to and one of our team would be more than happy to discuss you project and options with you.


If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional extension option, take a look at our Habattach offering. A pre-designed modular extension that can be installed within 18 days! Take a look at the website for more information.
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