What a real estate agent might call cosy, you might call cramped, especially as your family grows and needs additional space. Is it a case of move or of improve? There are many factors to consider, and sometimes the careful selection of a new home is going to be your best option. But there are many valid arguments for improving your existing living space by renovating your home. You're spared from the complications of moving, and you don't have to give up your beloved existing home, as you're refining and expanding it instead. Home extensions can, of course, vary significantly in cost, and it depends upon the extent of the work and its positioning, as in whether the extension needs to be seamlessly incorporated into the visible facade of your existing home. There's a way to simplify the process, and that's to just hide the extension around the back.
Disparate Styles and Materials
A seamless incorporation of the extension into your current dwelling can create complications which can drive up the cost of the project. The addition needs to be a precise match in terms of style and materials, and it also needs to be designed in a manner that won't impede the aesthetics of the building. By adding a plain addition to the rear of the property, many of these complications can be overcome. It allows for the use of disparate styles and materials without any potential sacrifices to the obvious aesthetics of your home.
An Unchanged Kerb View
The front kerb view will remain unchanged, allowing the rear extension to have a disparate look that still complements the existing structure. It's not as though the extension will look low-quality or simply tacked on, but it can have a clear stylistic distinction between the old home and the new addition. This can have additional benefits for homes that are of significant age, when it can be difficult to replicate its age and style with an extension.
A Detached Yet Connected Extension
Is the purpose of the extension to create a semi-independent living space, perhaps for an older child or elderly relative? You might want to think about constructing a separate structure at the rear of your property if space allows, which is essentially a granny flat. To promote inclusiveness and accessibility, the new structure can then be connected to your existing dwelling with a covered walkway, creating an all-weather corridor. This could be a glass tunnel or any type of enclosed walkway, again allowing for a clear stylistic distinction between your existing home and the new structure.
There are so many different options for adding a home extension, but the most straightforward way of achieving your goals can be to just place the extension around the back.