Trends in Home Extensions in the United Kingdom
If you were visiting a moderately prosperous suburban subdivision typical, built perhaps in the 1930s 50 years ago, it is unlikely that it would has changed. Maybe there would be some garages where they were not part of the original, often a dilapidated collection of buildings often made from concrete panels or corrugated iron materials. There are, however, relatively few extensions as we think of them today. Go from before fifty years and most will have changed significantly. Doors and windows have often been changed (in many cases, different materials and styles come and go). In addition, the majority will have a kind of extension and many more basic garages will have been replaced by more elaborate structures. Granted, fifty years after passing, we were expecting a number of changes, but even looking at twenty or thirty year old fields today, there would still be a lot of changes. Why are we more and more inclined to change homes?
The generation who purchased these new buildings in the 1930s often came from overcrowded housing, which gave the impression of having their own bathroom, kitchen and even a bedroom. what they had already known. By the 1960s, some would have changed hands and even for those who had not done so, people were gradually acquiring more property. In the kitchen, a fridge and a washing machine became common, so he was starting to feel a little cramped. The box-room no longer seemed so spacious with the seemingly unlimited supply of children's toys. It was also the time when more and more numbers were buying their first car, although they did not achieve construction quality when given the choice to leave it at the same time. Outside, unless you want to see it rust before your eyes and not be able to start
The 1960s mark the beginning of a significant expansion of the habitat. The extensions of this era were often more open additions to the building with flat roofs being extremely common and the windows often followed the popular style of the time rather than necessarily matching the original building. Prefabricated extensions also became popular with walls often made of concrete or wood panels and corrugated plastic roofs or flat roofs made of felt and often constructed as "tanning salons"
. to home extensions corresponding to the existing building. There are several reasons for this: –
· Urban planning services have an increasing influence on even minor projects
· The type of prefabricated extension, especially when it is used as living room (as opposed to a conservatory or similar) It has become more complex to justify under building regulations with increasing insulation requirements etc. and perhaps a more robust interpretation of them by some advice.
· Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the owners realized that it was generally better to make the extension a more integral part of the building. ;origin. This is partly explained by the increase in the value of homes which has sometimes become a national obsession. The large-scale sale of communal houses also increased the number of occupying homeowners who were often eager to individualize them, presumably in part to show that they now owned the property.
Changes in the regulation of construction in some areas have also helped some types of extension. The exemption of conservatoires has made it a potentially more rapid and easier form of extension (although it may require planning approval, a point often forgotten http: //en.wikipedia. org / wiki / Permitted_development ). This in addition to being another product for the UPVC expanding window industry and the introduction of polycarbonate roof systems has made it one of the most common home improvements of these past decades. Another important change in the regulations has been the elimination of room height restrictions (other than stairs). This has made a lot of loft conversions, especially those with just viable skylights that could not have been in the past and has become a very popular form of home extension, it is often more economical to build than 39, an extension at ground level have less impact on the existing home and garden.
I guess it was predictable that the next trend would be to not rigorously follow the design of the existing building to give it a proper identity. Often, it incorporates elements that have been popular on some new detached homes such as large glazed surfaces, white walls and the use of wood on the outside. Overall, this trend is more localized, it will often be more expensive to build, it may require more design skills to work successfully, especially in the richer parts of our larger cities.
What about the future direction of home extensions?
The current economic climate has generally reduced the amount of activity and especially the most grandiose projects. However, in the longer term, the extension of properties will return to previous levels. We are not building enough new homes to satisfy the potential demand that, after a temporary "blip" will mean that house prices will continue to rise and so it is generally more economical to spend money on your existing property than to move. Among the trends that we have observed in recent years, I would expect that the conservatoires market has largely reached its peak, there will always be some demand for them but there will be less mass market. Although sun lounges (large windows, but a solid roof) will still be popular. The more contemporary type of extension will continue to be a fairly specialized area, but systems can generally rely more on the judicious use of space than on a large floor area. There are some new products on the market that can facilitate loft conversions, especially for modern roof trusses. Currently, they often require huge steel beams to support the new roof. Basements have become popular in some of the most expensive urban areas, but it's usually a more expensive way to expand and it's unlikely that it's going to generalize. However, it may be interesting to find an existing cellar shape in the building to convert it into usable housing.
The use of alternative energy systems (solar, heat pumps, etc.) is becoming more common as a good time to incorporate such products. Similarly, the coating of an existing building with a different material (plaster, tile, etc.) can be a way to increase the insulation and improve the appearance of the building. A tasteless house. It also means that an extension built at the same time can blend perfectly with existing rejuvenated parts. There are many properties from the 60s and 70s that are not particularly attractive but often of good value compared to other times while being solidly built and often with larger areas and gardens than the more recent properties . These would often benefit from a facelift and an extension to improve appearance and facilities.
The use of alternative materials such as green roofs (turf or other plants) and some highly insulated building forms could also include SIPS (structural insulating panels – sandwich insulation between two sheet materials) or the even more environmentally friendly methods such as straw bale walls.
Open plans will likely remain popular but in a more restricted form this can be cut rather than trying to create a single open space. Try to read 'War and Peace & # 39; while someone else is playing the drums is not always a good mix! In addition, even if an open kitchen has some advantages, watching you take dinner on the floor or having to see piles of dishes may call for a more "open but not open" approach. In other words, may be a partially open plan but offering some degree of enclosure.
Private garden rooms have become increasingly popular in recent years, often used as home offices, gyms or music rooms. Positive advantage, the recent modifications allowed ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permitted_development ) mean that they are no longer included with any other extensions for the purposes of 39, town planning near the house. It will be interesting to see if this will be used to circumvent the rules on home extensions in some cases.
Once economic activity improves, we can be sure of the arrival of more skips in our residential areas as the extensions regain their previous momentum.