Birmingham Home Extension
One of the more common services that are requested by builders in Birmingham is a home extension. The extension itself is broad, meaning that any part of the home itself can be extended such as the kitchen, living room, bathroom or bedroom. Unlike an addition, an extension is simply the enlarging of pre-existing space within the home. This is something we at Birmingham Builders perform all the time, since many of the homes built pre-1960 have smaller kitchens and bedrooms and do not house enough space for the home owners. A home extension itself is enjoyable for builders to complete since the project is relatively simple but also challenging to complete.
A large home extension
One specific home extension we performed was a multi-room extension within the city of Birmingham that required us to extend the kitchen, living room and dining room of the left-hand side of the home simultaneously. The kitchen itself was very small, to the point that only one person could comfortable manoeuvre around the room. The living room and dining room were also very small, at most being able to house 3 people comfortably before the size restrictions become both immediate and frustrating. Since the home was a two-story detached property, we decided that for the sake of the budget the homeowner had, we wouldn’t also extend the second storey with the first. The additional costs of the extension would increase by roughly half of the total budget that was required if we were to also extend the second floor. That is why we instead built roofing within the space of the second story to create a mini-roof.
The kitchen extension itself was effective by moving the side of the kitchen which housed the appliances (the outer wall) further back by 5 times the size of the previous kitchen space. The home owner wanted enough space to not only allow 3 people to help with food preparation and cooking simultaneously, but also to fit a small kitchen island too. The floor space itself is where we targeted the extension, since the homeowner didn’t need any additional space for the appliances itself. By only extending the outer wall backwards on one side rather than two, we could save a decent amount of costs. We also managed to create enough floor space that our builders managed to fit a kitchen island that could seat four different people at once while still not compromising on cooking or food preparation space, which was a primary concern of the home owner.
Other details of the home extension
For the dining room, we used the same basic principle of moving the left wall outwards to increase floor space. The connecting side walls meant that we couldn’t increase the overall length of the dining room, but that was not necessary since our builders were able to come up with a suitable compromise during the extension. By pulling the outer dining room wall to create a wider space rather than a longer space, we managed to increase the overall floor space to fit a wider and larger table into the dining room that could seat an additional two people on the smaller sides. This allowed the dining room to seat additional people which was the main aim of the homeowner, and we managed to extend the dining room by almost an additional half.
Finally, the living room extension was different to the previous two rooms. Since the living room was quite small to being with, we decided to increase the overall space by having our builders extend both the outer wall and the wall closest to the street. This not only kept in place with the other extensions allowing the entire side to match size, but also create a much larger space towards the street. It did however mean we had to create almost spherical wall corners for aesthetics, but it looked much better than any alternatives that would have been possible otherwise. Overall, the home extension was a complete success, managing to hit the targets our homeowners needed.
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