As house prices in Leeds continue to rise and the costs of moving escalate, more and more homeowners are deciding to invest in their current property rather than opt for a change of scene. At Refresh we are experts at adding living space and value to your home by creating beautiful extensions that are not only sympathetic to the existing structure but designed in such a way as to improve your whole family’s quality of life.
Refresh Leeds is capable of stunning bespoke designs and unique custom builds to satisfy your house extension drams. Our other renovation services include but are not limited to the following;
- Home extensions
- Ground floor extensions
- Single storey extensions
- Double-storey extensions
- Adding a second storey
- Home additions
- Interior design
- Floor plans
- Electrical work
Increasing the amount of living space should, without doubt, improve your family’s lifestyle, and the indications are that it can also add value to your property as long as the ceiling price for the local area will support it. There’s an argument to say that the value that an extension adds is more likely to be realised over time, especially if the project is complex and therefore requires a significant budget, but in general, any additional living space will often be attractive to potential purchasers. The key to adding genuine value is to create an extension that is not only in proportion to the existing house but also matches the quality of the build – it’s not uncommon, for example, for a poorly built extension to devalue a property. Statistics indicate that a professionally built two-storey extension can add as much as 11% to the asking price of a property, so there is an argument to consider a second level if funds permit, especially as the structural work would already be in place for the first storey.
In order to work out a budget for your home extension, you’ll need to make a few important decisions, not least of which is whether you need one or two storeys. In addition, there’ll be a direct correlation between the cost and the square footage you require. A very rough guide to budgeting is that a single-storey extension can cost in the region of £1,500 - £2,500* per square metre, while a two-storey solution may require around £3,000- £4,500* per square metre. The discrepancy here, and therefore part of the appeal of a double-storey extension, is that by creating a second level you are only adding walls and joists since the roof and foundations would already be required for a single-storey version. The level of budget required should also be influenced by the clarity and ambition of the design brief and the style of the fixtures and fittings that you specify.
*Please note that these are rough estimates only. For a high-level indication of what your unique design will cost, the Refresh Process is designed to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Even if your extension falls under the permitted development rights, you should still require architectural drawings, and building regulations approval. Your Refresh renovations consultant can take care of all planning requirements for your project before any work commences to ensure that the project is planned out properly, budgeted accordingly, and our processes and systems ensure that everything is completed on plan and on budget.
Permitted development rights allow you to extend your home without requiring planning permission as long as your home extension adheres to some specific conditions.
Single story extensions can be added to a property under permitted development as long as they fit within the size restrictions and are in keeping with the existing finish of the property. Permitted development often does not apply to properties in conservation areas and areas of outstanding natural beauty, and can almost certainly not apply if your property is a listed building.
Refresh Leeds and Wakefield offer home extension design services in Garforth, Horsforth, Boston Spa, and the surrounding areas.
To find out more about what we offer and how we can help you, get in touch. We are always on hand to provide advice and guidance on all aspects of house extensions.