When looking at home extensions it’s important to keep in mind the many pros and cons
When Talia Barry walked into her new family home her reaction was emphatic.
“I actually cried the day we moved in, thinking I’d made a terrible mistake,” she said. “My daughter cried too, and I kept saying: “It will be really nice… one day.”
Talia kept her promise, although it took almost a decade and a six figure sum to reinvent the dated and damp fixer upper……
Should you do a kitchen extension?
The kitchen is the beating heart of the home, and a modern, open plan multi-purpose living space is high on many homeowners’ wish lists.
How much will it cost?
Building costs vary around the UK, but Ben Ridley, director of Architecture for London, said extensions in the capital tend to cost around £400 per square foot (excluding VAT and professional fees, which will add 30 to 40pc to your final bill).
Paul Archer Design suggests budgeting around £300 to £500 per square foot for a kitchen extension….
In a high value market like Oxford, Daniel Parrott of agents John D Wood & Co, thinks a kitchen extension will pay for itself. The work, he estimated, would cost around £350 per square foot, but the resale value would be £500-per-square foot plus.
If you do decide to build, says Carol Peett, managing director of West Wales Property Finders http://www.westwalespropertyfinders.co.uk , you should think beyond one massive open plan room. “Be careful to ensure that the property remains user friendly by making sure you still have a separate utility room for muddy boots, dogs, and washing machine,” she says.
“A utility room and a small downstairs loo and shower room are probably the most requested things for country property searches.”
And to maximise value Fuller believes owners need to think carefully about the design, prioritising natural light and good access to the garden. Incorporating energy-efficient features and environmental building materials will add value and reduce long-term operating costs and add to the appeal,” he adds.
When would it be a bad idea?
“More isn’t always better,” said Andrew Harwood, of Strutt & Parker’s Sevenoaks office. “If the house sits on a smaller plot and is already a good size and well-proportioned, it could well be detrimental to its value if you over-extend and drastically reduce the garden size.”
Kitchen extensions are amongst the most expensive home improvements, because of the cost of the fit out….
The Daily Telegraph – Saturday, 13th January 2024 – https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/property/stressful-home-renovation-kitchen-extension-loft-renovation/