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A house extension is exactly what the title suggests, you can extend your house up, sideways and out to create the perfect home that you have always wanted without moving and building a new house from scratch. If you ever want to build a garage, porch or just make your kitchen bigger without the nuisance of moving to a new house, then a house extension is the way to go. It is also much more economically viable as you cut down a lot of costs associated with buying a new house. The this blog provides information on the best type of house extension depending on your budget and design needs.

We also provide an idea on the average cost of a house extension Scotland. Single storey extensions in Scotland start from £1800 per square metre with a two storey extension costing between £1800 to £2500 per square metre depending on the complications of the design. There are more details on cost listed below, if you already have architect drawings, please get in touch to arrange a free home survey, for a more detailed and precise cost to consider.

House Extension in Ayrshire, Scotland

Kitchen area and extra living space extension

Benefits of a House Extension

A house extension can make you feel like you are living in a brand new house by utilising all of its space to give you the house that you always dreamed of. Another obvious advantage of house extension is that you can increase the value of the property by proper extension. With a proper plan, you can maximise the space and function of the house which ultimately raises its market value. It is also important to consider the overall design of the house while planning a house extension. House extension that matches the overall design or even elevates the existing design can make your house worth more.

 House extension can make you save a lot of money as it cuts cost on deposits, stamp duty and expense for the movers.  There are also other expenses like paying the real estate agent which is cut down. You can enjoy the same neighbourhood that you have settled in with while saving you a lot of time that you will invest in when you have decided to move to a newer place.

Listed below are some other benefits of having house extension built:

One of the most obvious benefits of a house extension is the additional living space it provides. Whether you need extra bedrooms, a larger kitchen, a home office, or a playroom for children, a house extension can meet your growing needs without the hassle of moving to a new home.

With a house extension, you can customise your living space to suit your specific requirements and lifestyle preferences. You have the freedom to design the extension to maximise natural light, improve flow between rooms, and add modern amenities, enhancing the overall comfort and functionality of your home.

A well designed and professionally executed house extension can significantly increase the market value of your property. The additional square footage and improved living space appeal to potential buyers, making your home more attractive and desirable on the real estate market.

Moving to a larger home can be costly and disruptive. With a house extension, you can avoid the expenses associated with selling your current home, purchasing a new one, and moving all your belongings. Plus, you get to stay in the neighborhood you love and avoid the stress of uprooting your family.

A house extension allows you to personalise your living space according to your taste and style preferences. Whether you want to create a contemporary open-plan kitchen, a luxurious master suite, or a cozy home theater, a house extension gives you the freedom to design the perfect space for you and your family.

A well designed house extension can enhance the overall appearance and curb appeal of your home. By seamlessly integrating the extension with the existing structure and landscaping, you can create a cohesive and harmonious look that enhances the aesthetic appeal of your property.

If you’re not in immediate need of the extra space, you can consider renting out the extension to generate additional income. This can help offset the cost of the extension and provide a steady stream of rental income over time. These days people often rent our their house extension using air B and B for the parts of the year it is not in use.

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Overall, a house extension offers numerous benefits, including increased living space, enhanced comfort and functionality, added property value, and the opportunity for personalisation and customisation. It’s a practical and cost effective way to improve your home and enhance your quality of life.

House Extension Ideas

There are many ways in which you can extend your house while adding value and charm to the existing design, that too on a budget.

  • A two-storey extension: double-storey extension is a great way to reduce the cost and get more space as you get more square footage for your money than a single-storey extension. You can get more living and sleep space with a double-storey extension, not to mention the garden and outdoor space that is saved.
  • Kitchen extension: Generally, the kitchen is the place where we spend most of our time cooking, eating and lounging, so a spacious and a kitchen extension can transform your house completely. A contemporary kitchen can add much value to your house. Having enough storage space and a fresh look is always preferred.
  • A conservatory: a conservatory extension is a great way to bring in lots of natural light. It can be used as an office room, living room or a library where you can just relax and enjoy the view with your family and friends.
  • Outdoor house extension: if you are a big fan of nature and sunlight, an outdoor garden room extension is a way to go. A veranda or loggia is perfect for this. A covered outdoor extension can also be done to protect you from the warm climates.
  • A new bedroom or bathroom: Adding more bathrooms and bedrooms can only increase the value of your property.
  • Porch extension and doorway area: Porch extensions are popular especially for creating more storage space for shoes, clothing and personal belongings for your family.

Small House Extensions Scotland

Just like regular extensions small one storey house extensions can be used for things such as kitchen extensions, sunroom extensions, bathroom extensions or an extra bedroom.

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Home Extension in Edinburgh, Scotland

Luxury kitchen extension and lounge area

Types of House Extension

  • Single- storey extension: single-storey extension is a great way to increase the living space in your downstairs area. You can add space to your kitchen where it can also function as a dining area. An additional bathroom or bedroom can be set up in your house. You can also use the single-storey extension to create a cloakroom or a utility room.
  • Multi-storey extension: extending your house both upstairs and downstairs is a good strategy to increase space and value to your house. A multi-storey extension that matches the overall vibe and feel of the house can both enhance and add value to your residence.
  • Porches: porches extensions are commonly projected in front of the house as an entry passage. It is outside the walls of the house and more notably doesn’t require planning permissions.
  • Garages: Garages conversion extensions are typically a single-storey extension made attached typically to the front of the house. Vehicles are usually parked here and it can also be used as a storage space.
  • Basement: basements are built either partially or completely below the ground floor. The basement is used as a storage space or a hangout area but due to the expense of building a big house with lots of bedrooms, nowadays, the basement is also used as a sleeping space.
  • Loft conversion: Loft conversion or attic conversion is an excellent way to utilise the existing structure of the house. You can transform the empty attic into a gym, a storage area, an office room or even a bedroom. This is becoming an increasingly popular choice due to the less expense associated with it when compared to a double-storey extension. Normally, you don’t need planning permission to convert your loft but if you live in a designated area or listed building you will have to get it. Building regulations should also be followed.

Bungalow Extension and Loft Conversion in Bearsden, Glasgow

Please see the gallery above which showcases a bungalow extension and loft conversion we installed in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire last year. (2019)

This conversion comprises of a rear extension, internal alterations to the house with a full conversion of the loft. This new loft section of the home now extends above the new extension part, plus dormers.

On the ground floor extension, we designed and fitted an open plan kitchen dining room with a utility area and a bedroom which includes a large fitted walk-in wardrobe.

For the upstairs which is now the new loft conversion area we installed 3 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a storage room. All the rooms in the loft conversion have Velux windows and other as well as other windows allowing for the maximum amount of light possible to enter each room.

Clever positioning of the new stairs allowed the layout to be maximised to its full potential. 

Kitchen Extension in Edinburgh, Scotland

Bespoke kitchen extension

Average House Extension Cost in Scotland

The cost of your house extension depends on a lot of factors including the size and degree of house extension you want to build. Also, the quality of the build is a factor as building house extension with good quality products could be costly. Thus the cost of the kitchen extension, single-storey extension, and double-storey extension varies due to its different sizes and requirements. Another factor to look in to is the location of your house as a house extension near the city could cost you more.

Single-storey extension: In Scotland, the average cost of single storey extension ranges from £1800 to £2000 per square metre, here the quality of the extension determines it’s proper cost. For an average extension of 5m square in both breadth and width, the cost could range from £32,000 to £50,000 depending which part of Scotland you are in and your design needs

Double-storey extension: A two storey extension will not cost you that much more than a single storey extension as you are only adding walls and floor joists to it more than a single-storey extension. The price in Scotland will range from £1800 to £2500 per square metre depending on the design specification.

Basement, porches, and garages: Basement extension typically costs much more than a single rear extension as it involves a lot of processes. This includes digging out the ground for the basement, setting up temporary support, waterproofing, lighting, plumbing, and ventilation. So the extension cost of the basement can be around £4000 per square metre including the VAT.

A front porch from the ground can cost around £1200 to £1500 per square metre. The cost can be lowered if there is already a porch structure and you only want to modify it. The average cost of a garage conversion can range from £4000 to £20,000 including all the equipment cost and labor cost. Depending on the size and purpose of the garage extension, the price can vary.

Home Extension in Edinburgh, Scotland

Slide open doors allowing plenty of fresh air, perfect for warmer days

House Extension F.A.Q

1) How long is it going to take?

One of the frequently asked questions about the house extension is just how long is it gonna take. This is a valid question as you need to give up a considerable amount of your valuable time for a house extension. Not to mention how it can disrupt your day to day normal life during the build. The installation time depends on the type and size of the extension you are getting while also including factors like interior designing and location. For a simple single-storey extension that is rear ended, it can be completed within 2 months. But for a double-storey extension, it may take double the time and even up to 6 months. For a loft conversion, the time frame is relatively smaller, it can be completed in 6 weeks. 

2) Do I need to move out of the house?

With proper planning and discussion with the architect and contractor, you can avoid moving out of your house. You need to plan on how to avoid the dust and dirt from the work as best as you can.

3) Is planning permission required for a house extension?

Not all house extension requires planning permission, this is known as ’ permitted development rights’ however, most of them do. Certain criteria have to be met for building extension without planning permission. This means that for single-storey extension the maximum height should be 4 metres and it should not extend beyond 3 metres from the walls if the house, otherwise you are always going to need planning permission.

4) What type of house extension is most popular?

Common types of house extensions include rear extensions, side extensions, two-storey extensions, loft conversions, and garage conversions. The type of extension you choose depends on factors such as available space, budget, and planning regulations.

5) How much does a house extension cost in Scotland?

The cost of a house extension varies widely depending on factors such as the size and complexity of the extension, materials used, labor costs, location, and any additional features or amenities. 

As stated above, a single storey extension starts from £1500 per square metre and a two storey extension ranges from £1500 to £2500 per square metre in Scotland.

6) Will a house extension increase the value of my property?

A well designed and professionally executed house extension can increase the value of your property by adding extra living space and improving its functionality and appeal. However, the extent of the increase depends on factors such as the quality of the extension, local property market conditions, and buyer preferences.

Areas Of Scotland We Build House Extensions

Home Conversion Scotland (Ayrshire)

1b Beith Road, 
01563 599991

Home Conversion Scotland (Glasgow)

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G3 7NG
0141 280 6755

Home Conversion Scotland (Edinburgh)

101 Rose Street,
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0131 202 2943
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