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There are many benefits to living in a bungalow. Being compact and having only one level makes them easily navigable, cosy homes for people who have difficulty using stairs. However, their compact nature can quickly seem cramped and cluttered, especially if you have a young family, and you might find yourself wishing that your cosy bungalow had just a bit more space. Here are some ideas of how you can extend your bungalow.

Loft conversions

Most bungalows come with lofts, which are mainly used as storage spaces for Christmas decorations and old furniture. Why not increase the living space in your bungalow by converting your loft into a useful space? With the addition of dormer windows in your loft conversion, your bungalow could be classed as a dormer bungalow. A loft conversion can have financial benefits; should you eventually put your property on the market, a bungalow with a loft conversion fetches on average a 20% higher price than one without. The loft could become a separate bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a games room for the kids, or an upstairs sitting room – your loft conversion can really be anything you want it to be! An expert will help to fit your design vision. More loft conversion guidance and inspiration can be found at touchstonelofts.co.uk.

Conservatories

A conservatory is a great addition to any property, providing an attractive additional living space. Due to their glass walls and roof having a greenhouse effect, conservatories are often naturally warmer than other parts of the house, making them the perfect way to enjoy the back garden without having to rely on the weather. Conservatories are a particularly good option for bungalows because, unlike extensions, you do not need planning permission to build one. However, there are certain conditions that must be met when building a bungalow conservatory relating to the height and size of the conservatory. Once you are clear about the regulations, you can look at the different conservatory designs available. Lean-to, Victorian and Edwardian are popular options, but you are sure to find a design that appeals to you and complements your bungalow.

Extensions

If extra living space is a big issue, you could consider building an extension. Although bungalows often have large gardens that can accommodate an extension, you will need planning permission to build one. As well as this, there are other design considerations to consider when you are planning your bungalow extension. How will it be attached to the bungalow? Should your extension have a flat roof? Will it look in proportion with the main property? It is best to consult with an architect when making these design decisions. Other considerations relate to how the extension will be used. Are you building a separate kitchen or laundry room? A dining room or living room? Or perhaps you are planning a master bedroom away from the kids? These rooms will need different design considerations in order to get the best from your bungalow extension.

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