How to make a lot of extra space out of a little extension

This week I went to see a completed project in Stoke Gifford. The property was a 3 bedroom house, and the owner wanted to create some additional space on the ground floor. The garage was just used for storage, so we got planning and building regulation permission to convert it into another reception room, and then added a small extension to the rear of the garage, in an under used corner of garden, to create a utility room and small shower room.

The alterations have only created about 6 square metres of additional building, but with the garage conversion, the living space on the ground floor has increased by about 50%. Garage conversions are usually relatively affordable, the structure is already existing, and just needs to be adequately insulated to create the new room, keeping costs to a minimum.


The new reception room is light and bright, and the owner intends to use it as a dining room. Its a very flexible space, and could be utilised as a study, playroom, or in combination with the shower room to the rear, as a ground floor bedroom, especially useful for elderly or ambulant disabled residents, or as a guest suite. The new utility has room for a washing machine, dryer and other cupboard space, so removing the noisiest items from the open plan kitchen.


The extension is a great use of existing space, giving the house a significant amount of extra space, by converting an extending an underside side of the house. If you have a similar project in mind, why not contact Alexandra Cork Home Designs.

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