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Double Storey Extension: A Beginner’s Guide

Double storey extension is a perfect alternative to moving house. The reason is obviously the cost which involves moving a house. Furthermore, sometimes we are emotionally attached to a house because we have spent so many years. So, why should we consider such option when we can increase living space and add value to our existing property. If you are a kind of person who spends most of the times at home, then adding another storey can provide space for your home office. Furthermore, you can consider a kitchen, bathroom, and more bedrooms. You can also create a space with a perfect view of the garden. In short, you can use this extra storey as the way you want it to be.One of the things to make a successful two-storey extension is to integrate rooms upstairs and down into your house. Adding an extra storey to your house provides you with more space for your buck compared to a single-storey extension. It is the best alternative for growing families and small homes.

Does Double Storey Extension Add Value to Your Property?

First of all, a person who wants another storey is to have some extra space. But it is also important to make sure that money you are investing in adding value to your home. Keep in mind that an extension may cost more than it is adding to the property. But in the long run, it is less expensive than moving to another property. After knowing about the legal fees, agent fees, and stamp duty involved in the process.In the UK, the value of a property determined by the price per square meter. If you want an idea about the worth of your house, you can check with local property agents. Sometimes, the asking price is more than the selling price of a property.

How Tall It Can Be?

How tall your double storey extension is? an important question related to planning. Planning policies say that your extension cannot be larger than the existing house. If a building has low ceilings, then it will be difficult to build an extension tall enough. There are some solutions such as lower ceiling heights or integrating upstairs rooms into the roof space.

Cost of Double-Storey Extension

The cost of an extension can varies from one place to another in the UK. The cost of labour is different from one city to another. Furthermore, the material you choose has a significant effect on the overall cost of the project. If you go with standard quality material then a double-storey will around £1,500 per square meter. While a good quality design will cost you around £1,700 per square meter.Keeping these numbers in mind, an extension of 40m square will cost you £53,000. We have not included professional fees and VAT. In areas such as London, you should expect to pay more than that. So, if you are going to estimate the cost of your project, you should at least consider around £75,000 for a two-storey extension with a footprint of 4m x 5m and standard finish.

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The basic information to know about Double-storey extensions

A double-storey extension may seem like a much larger project to do in comparison to a single storey. They’re often a more budget-efficient way to add extra space to your home and is a lot cheaper than moving house.  

Will you need planning permission for a double-storey extension?  

It is possible that you can build a double-storey extension under permitted development, but it is very likely that you will need planning permission. The basic rules that planning permission will be required are if the extension:  

  • Extends towards the road 
  • Increases the overall height of the building 
  • Covers more than half the area of land surrounding your home 
  • Is taller than 4m  
  • Extends more than 6m from the rear of an attached house 
  • Extends more than 8m from the rear of a detached house 
  • Is more than half the width of your house 
  • Uses different materials to those of the original house 
  • Includes a balcony or raised veranda 

Designing the double-storey extension –  

You should consider how to blend the extension with your existing home to make sure that it doesn’t look out of place. You can do this by matching the floors and walls between the new and existing space. Another way is to use the same decorations such as colour schemes, furniture and mouldings.  

You may also need to reconfigure the layout of the upstairs to make the new access to the rooms feel natural.  

Adding in windows and doors that capture the most sunlight and the best views are a major point to think about when it comes to designing an extension. Bi-fold doors are a very popular option because it’s a great way to bring the outside in. They also make the space feel bigger and they allow for a lot of sunlight to enter the property.  

How much does a double-storey extension cost?  

The average price of a double-storey extension can cost around £60,000 however, this depends on the size of the space, your location, and how you plan on using the space. 

A big factor in the cost of your extension will be the finish you are aiming to achieve. Here are a few types of finish and what they consist of depending on the size:  

  • Basic – The bare essentials. £40,000 – £90,000 
  • Average – A mix of basic and bespoke items. £47,000 – £95,000 
  • Deluxe – All fixtures and fittings are top quality. £55,000 –  £100,000 

Duration of the project –  

The time scales of your project can never be precise due to delays that can happen. But roughly this is how long you should expect your extension to take:  

  • Small extension – 8 – 10 weeks  
  • Medium extension – 10 – 12 weeks  
  • Large extension – 12 – 14 weeks  

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