10 Genius Hacks To Increase Space Without Moving Home

For most homeowners with growing families, moving out is not an option because of the many challenges that accompany the move, from the financial and emotional turmoil to denying your family the stability it needs as well as space to breathe, grow, and thrive.

A question often asked by homeowners is; if I can’t move, what options are available to me? In this blog, you will find 10 genius hacks to increase your home’s space and gain the extra space your family lacks without moving house.

Here are 10 win-win alternatives to keeping your house and increasing your property space;

1. Porch Extension

Building a porch is a fantastic way of adding a little extra space to your property while also adding a sense of security and providing ideal storage space for shoes and coats. As a perfect way to allow light into your home, a porch offers excellent benefits such as; a perfect way to allow light into your home, a porch provides unique benefits such as improving your home’s energy efficiency by preventing the loss of heat, adding a beautiful appeal to your home and adding a little value to your property as high as 10%. It is a better entrance to your home.

Cons of Building a Porch: The space it adds is limited

Cost of Building a Porch: Average £4,000

Duration: 1 Week – 2 Weeks

Will You Require Planning Permission? No, but there are certain conditions you must stick to otherwise you may need to.

2. Back Courtyard Extension

Where space is a problem and you need extra functional space, a useful option is opting for a back courtyard extension. Apart from getting a functional room, courtyard extension lets in light into your home and creates a usable outdoor space. It is swift and easy to build, meaning less disruption.

Cons of Garage Conversion: The space it adds is limited.

Cost of Converting a Garage: Average £6,500

Duration: 9 – 20 days

Will You Require Planning Permission? No, but there are certain conditions you must stick to otherwise you may need to.

3. Loft Conversion

A Loft Conversion is converting your attic or a dead space where you have turned into a dumping site for storing the family heirloom into a functional, living area. Unlike home extensions that eat up valuable outside spaces, loft conversion lets you keep valuable outer space, making it an excellent and stress-free way of adding additional living space to your home.

A loft conversion benefits are humongous, including reducing your energy bill and increasing your real estate value by 11% – 20% depending on your location. Did you know that in the long run, a loft conversion can pay for itself?

Cons of Loft Conversion: The space it creates is limited by the style of roof

Cost of Loft Conversion: Average £40,000

Duration: 8 Weeks – 10 Weeks

Will You Require Planning Permission? It depends on the type of conversion, and the area you are in, but in most case, it will fall under permitted development.

4. Home Extension

A Home Extension increases your house space by stretching your it outwardly towards your garden or the boundary fence to create a functional living space. There are four types of extension common in the UK: Side Return Extension, Wrap-Around Extension, Single Storey Extension. Multi-Storey Extension, all of which are excellent options depending on what you want to achieve.

Extending your home does not just give your family the stability it needs to thrive, thereby saving you from the emotional turmoil of moving out; it increases your property’s real estate value by over 10 -21% depending on your location.

Extending your home is a worthwhile investment, both financially and emotionally. Staying put and opening your home gives your family the stability and root it needs to grow and be happy.

Cons of Extensions: Eats up valuable outside space

Cost of Extending a home: Average £40,000

Duration: 8 Weeks – 14 Weeks

Will You Require Planning Permission? It depends on the type of extension and the area you are in, but in most case, it will fall under permitted development.

5. Open-Plan Design

Usually, a garage is a place where you park your car, but for most families in the UK, that is not what they do with their garage. Their garage is a dumping site for the things not needed, while some use the garage as a heritage site for keeping family history. Turning your garage into an extra room is an excellent way of creating the space your family is craving but lacking.

The beautiful thing about this is that you can convert your garage by yourself. Otherwise, it is an easy and budget-friendly way to create a functional living space.

Cons of Open Plan: No privacy and heating costs are high unless you plan to install an underfloor heating system. Also, high noise level if you have kids and the smell lingers in the air.

Cost of Open-plan Design: Depends

Duration: Varies

Will You Require Planning Permission? Not really, but you need to meet building regulations with regards to doors, fire escape.

6. Kitchen Extension

If one of the reasons for wanting to move house is to build your dream kitchen and you need the space for it, then extending your kitchen instead of moving out, is an ideal way to get the kitchen you have always wanted and add extra space a dining room. You can decide on a kitchen-dining room open plan, and arrange your kitchen the way you see fit, and a wonderful place to host friends and family while being a part of the show instead of hiding in a cramped kitchen.

Cons of Kitchen Extension: Can be the most expensive type of kitchen.

Cost of Kitchen Extension: Average £25,000 – £100,000

Duration: 5 Weeks – 10 Weeks

Will You Require Planning Permission? No.

7. Space-Saving Bespoke Furniture

A constant headache for homeowners is getting off-the-shelf furniture that makes decorating and furniture placement a nightmare and eats up unnecessary spaces. With bespoke furniture, you can have multi-functional furniture that saves space, creating excellent storage opportunities and reducing the burden placed on other rooms.

Cons of Bespoke Furniture: The space it adds may not be sufficient for your use.

Cost of Bespoke Furniture: Varies

Duration: Varies

Will You Require Planning Permission? No.

8. Innovative Wardrobe Designs

A lot of space is wasted with free standing Wardrobes that come in pre-determined sizes. Aside from looking out of place and stealing the spotlight from other valuable pieces of your interior décor, it eats up critical spaces that can be used for other purposes hence the need to get made-to-measure wardrobe designs. Bespoke or fitted wardrobes are designed according to the room, and awkward shape of any area and the exceptional feature of a fitted wardrobe is that it can create innovative storage from impossible places from the stair, corridor, high ceiling, to the bay area, to a sliding wardrobe by your bedside bed. With made-to-fit wardrobes, anything is possible.

Cons of Wardrobe: The space it creates might not fit the purpose or meet your space needs.

Cost of Customized Wardrobe: Average £4,500

Duration: 1 day to 3 weeks

Will You Require Planning Permission? No

9. Garage Conversion

Usually, a garage is a place where you park your car, but for most families in the UK, that is not what they do with their garage. Their garage is a dumping site for the things not needed, while some use the garage as a heritage site for keeping family history. Turning your garage into an extra room is an excellent way of creating the space your family is craving but lacking. The beautiful thing about this is that you can convert your garage by yourself. Otherwise, it is an easy and budget-friendly way to create a functional living space.

Cons of Garage Conversion: The space it adds is limited to your garage space.

Cost of Converting a Garage: Average £6,500

Duration: 9 – 20 days

Will You Require Planning Permission? No. But you should inform your local building regulations authority since you will be changing the door and fit in new windows which will have to be certified.

10. Conservatory

Conservatories are cost-effective and very quick and easy to build. Aside from the increase in your property’s price, adding a conservatory has the added benefit of giving you the feeling of being in your garden without the effect of the wind or rain. Getting a conservatory that opens into your garden provides a warm link between your inside and outside space. Additionally, it adds loads of natural light into the adjoining rooms, making it a perfect place to read or entertain.

Cons of Conservatory: Not necessarily considered live able space, so doesn’t add as much value, and it is prone to the weather – hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It also eats up valuable outside space without providing real functional space.

Cost of Building a Conservatory: Average £10,000

Duration: 8 Weeks – 13 Weeks

Will You Require Planning Permission? It falls under permitted development, but speak with your local planning authority whether you need one based on your proposed project.

Summary

Many options are available to create the functional space that your family lacks that you can choose that are not as expensive as your moving house financially and emotionally. Just pick the one that makes the most sense to you and fit your needs except you don’t mind and you want a fresh start for your family.