The Best Way To Extend Your Home
Lifestyle FAQ’s with the Expert
For many of us, we dream about extending our homes. But we fear the upheaval and the unknown. And it can be difficult to know how to find a reliable company to actually complete the work, on time and indeed, on budget. And what sort of extension is right for your property? What can be achieved within the parameters of your available spend and development rights? We talked to MD Franklyn Sheldon from Ultraframe Home Improvements to get some advice.
Traditionally you either had a conservatory or an extension – are there other options available today?
That’s right, as recently as five years ago you either opted for a conservatory-type structure – which typically involved a glass or polycarbonate roof or you engaged the services of a local builder to construct what we’d typically call an ‘extension’ involving a solid roof and brick walls. But that’s changed dramatically recently – homeowners are no longer constrained by one route over another. Today’s building technology allows us to construct thermally superior, solid-roof extensions with the same speed efficiencies that you would expect if you were having a conservatory built. But the beauty of today’s roof technology is that you can easily combine glass and solidity in the same roof space.
So if a reader is thinking of adding space to their home what would you advise?
I think before you commit to any type of extension you need to really think about how you want to use the space. It’s very on-trend to consider open plan living, that’s not right for everybody, but it’s a fantastic way to create a more versatile space. This option is incredibly popular with growing families. Traditionally you would have used the services of a builder to complete a job that required any structural work but that’s no longer necessary. We’re very focused on designing extensions that give the homeowner both budget peace of mind but also design peace of mind – this is a really important part of the process, it’s essential that you can visualise your space before you commit to the build so we spend as much time as needed finessing the design options with our clients.
Does that mean then you can design different types of extension structures?
Most of our clients have a reasonably good idea about how they want to use their added space – but most aren’t familiar with the broad range of extension types available so we spend time really exploring all options including glazed and solid roof structures, which might be completely solid or with elements of glazing combined – we can design an incredibly contemporary glazed conservatory or veranda type structure and at the same time we can also design a solid-roof extension with the use of glazed panels to bring in the light but still create a beautiful vaulted ceiling. And of course, there are huge efficiencies to be had if a client simply wants to upgrade an existing conservatory – we use an award-winning system called Livinroof that was, in fact, voted New Product of the Year 2014 by the glazing industry!
Any final advice?
Be absolutely sure that you’ve explored all design options for your home extension – consider a combination of both glazing and solidity in your roof choice which gives the best of both worlds – lots of natural daylight but also a beautiful vaulted-style ceiling. Remember, it’s your home – make sure your installation partner understands exactly how you intend to use your space and can guide you through the many numbers of extension options available in the market today.