Have you decided to create new living space at your property in Canterbury? There are numerous paths you can take in this regard. However, your own design aspirations, lifestyle requirements and personal circumstances will determine which route is best for you. When calling in the builders on such projects, two options stand far above the rest: property extensions and loft conversions. While property refurbishments and home renovations are also popular, they transform existing habitable spaces.
We established our company in 1994, and our workforce shares over 100 years of trade experience. You can rest assured, during this time, our team of builders has extended homes and converted lofts of every kind countless times.
We use our insight to advise which option works best for you. There are multiple things you need to consider when choosing between property extensions and loft conversions. We have covered some of them below.
To discuss either option, as well as property refurbishments, home renovations or any other service, call 01622 741 239. South East Building Service covers all locations in and around Canterbury.
Should I Extend my Home?
The primary benefit of choosing to extend rather than convert is the greater flexibility. Put simply, our builders start your addition from scratch. Free of pre-built limitations like sloping roofs and awkward angles, you can consider a wider range of design options.
Naturally, you won’t have complete freedom when designing and building an extension. Your addition will still need to comply with certain limitations that dictate how much space it can occupy. These limits will vary depending on the size of your Canterbury premises, your proximity to neighbouring homes and the square footage of your original house.
Like most loft conversions, single-storey property extensions qualify as a permitted development. In such cases, you don’t need planning permission from the local authority in Canterbury before our builders get to work. Conversely, most double-storey additions do need prior approval.
When completed to the highest standards, such as those we achieve, an extension can add as much as 20% to the resale value of your home. Combining one with wider property refurbishments and home renovations can truly transform your property.
Should I Convert my Loft?
As with single-storey property extensions, loft conversions in Canterbury typically fall within permitted development rights. Again, this minimises delays for you and our team of builders. It’s important to note, however, that conversions involving structural changes, or those that need to raise the roof, almost always require planning permission.
In much the same vein as property refurbishments and home renovations, converting your loft transforms an existing structure. As such, there’s no need to excavate and install foundations. From start to finish, there’s less labour required. When compared with home extensions, loft conversions have a faster turnaround time as well as lower costs.
A huge benefit for many Canterbury homeowners, a loft conversion creates that all-important new space without eating into the garden. This is ideal if your garden is small to start with, or you simply want to preserve a larger one.
Like any reputable builders, we strive to tailor every aspect of your conversion to your exact needs. The same applies to property extensions, home renovations, property refurbishments and all our services.
From an extra double bedroom to a new bathroom, we turn your ideas into a stunning reality.