Consider the following option:

Remodelling existing rooms
Unless your property is listed, knocking down internal walls, dividing rooms with partition walls or installing en-suite bathrooms won’t require planning permission but MUST comply with relevant Building Regulations. So if you need different living accommodation rather than extra space, remodelling could be the answer. Plan every stage of your project in fine detail. Taking down internal walls to open up the kitchen, living and dining space for example should let light flood in and create a wonderful sense of space.

Converting unused space
Think about the space in your home that is currently filled with boxes and junk – all stashed away ‘just in case’. It’s quite likely that you could make much better use of your loft, garage or basement. Take a look at the images in our gallery to see what a bit of imagination and meticulous planning can do to an unused loft!
Loft conversions offer a convenient way to add extra living space such as a playroom, a home office or an extra bedroom. There is no minimum headroom requirement to convert your loft, but common sense says at least two metres is a good guide to ensure that you can stand up in the room! The stairs to reach your loft conversion however must have a minimum headroom of two metres.


Most garages end up being used as storage rooms but could provide an extra reception or even a guest room, if your garage is built-in to your home. As the basic structure already exists, often there is no need for expensive external walls and foundations. Disruption to your home life should be minimal and the project can take from a couple of weeks to a couple of months for more substantial conversions. But don’t forget having an off-street parking area will always increase your property’s value so a garage conversion may not be so valuable if it means you have to park your car on the street.

An increasing number of people are converting basements and cellars, particularly in central urban locations where land values are extremely high. However it is significantly more expensive than an extension.

A single-storey rear extension with a loft conversion is a popular choice for terraced homes, but if space allows, semi- and detached houses may benefit more from a two-story extension. The trick is never to over-extend your property; every road has its ‘ceiling price’ and if yours is out of keeping with its neighbours, you may not recoup your investment when you eventually sell.