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We take a closer look at recent extension projects featured in Build It to see how you’ve been adapting existing properties


Hayley and Harry Upton’s renovation and extension of a 1930s property has created a bright and spacious home – read more about this project on page 64

If you’re looking for a larger home, it could be more cost effective for you to add space to an existing property rather than move house or even self build. Before we investigate some recent projects, how much they cost and what they involved, here are some key ways to get the most out of your home improvement venture:

Identify your needs: Think carefully about your reasons for extending – are you looking to add more general living space or do you want a room with a specific purpose, such as an extra bedroom? Thoroughly considering what you want from the finished addition will help to form the foundations for coming up with a suitable brief and design.

Set a brief: Once you’ve determined your motivations and how you intend to use the new space, consider how your property will best respond to the addition. Key areas to focus on are establishing the potential ways that you could maximise space and natural light.

Work with skilled designers: While you may choose to come up with plans yourself and work with a structural engineer and a good builder to fine tune the details, an architect or experienced designer’s flair will help you get the most out of your home improvement project.

Assess the opportunities: When you talk it through with your designer, you’ll probably have a vision for how you think your home can be tailored. Keep an open mind and be flexible – it may even work in your favour.

Cost versus value: It can be easy to get carried away with all the exciting extension possibilities, but take a moment to step back and have a look at how much value it will add to your house. You might have different priorities if this is your forever home, but as a rule, try not to spend more on a property update than its finished value.

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Build It magazine's new August 2018 issue is packed full of ideas and practical advice to help you successfully create your dream home. Here's our pick of some of the top features this issue: - Cover house - a characterful oak self build home on a garden plot - Design & build special: the companies who can take the stress out of your project - Wow-factor extensions that add space, light & value - Are heat pumps worth the money? - Why you should invest in rooflights - Create a summer-ready outdoor living space ... and more!