Open Plan Living Spaces – Tips for Planning your New Home Extension

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If you’ve gotten to the point where you’re considering a home extension, it’s invaluable to know a few tips, apart from the obvious tip of using a business that has planned & implemented many home extension projects like us, that will ensure you’re making the most of this exciting home improvement. An open plan living space allows for a flexible environment that can act as a crossover for many rooms found in the average home. It’s vital that you understand what it is you want and how you want it to be done, subpar planning and a lack of vision can lead to a disappointing reality when the work is finished. To avoid these feelings of remorse, it’s worth considering the following advice.

Decide what you want this new space to act as

If you’re planning on increasing your living space by means of adding a conservatory or orangery to your home, where you position it can play a big part in how well it functions as a certain room. For example, if you place your conservatory or orangery near a kitchen, it can work exceedingly well as a dining room. Whilst it doesn’t matter if you don’t do this, it will certainly impact how well it works in tandem with the other rooms of your house. By establishing what you want your space to be well in advance, you can then decide where it should be.

Conservatory quotesDecide whether you want a conservatory or an orangery

Whilst both a conservatory and an orangery are valid choices, each offers a different kind of aesthetic and depending on the kind of room you want, will complement it to a varying degree of success. For instance, if you’re looking for a summery room with a more ‘open’ feeling you might want to opt for a conservatory but if you’re leaning more towards a conventional household room with more structural aspects then an orangery would be a better choice.

Ensure there’s enough room for the furniture and appliances needed

When you know what kind of room you want your new space to be you’ll also roughly know the kinds of things the room needs to have in it. If you’re planning on making it a laundry room or something similar, then you’ll need to ensure that the conservatory or orangery has enough space to fit appliances like a washing machine and a tumble dryer. If you don’t bother to work out how much space your new room will need, you could be left with an extension that doesn’t fulfil the role you want it to.

bifold doorsWork out the finer details

After putting thought into the more obvious things, you should start to think about the smaller decisions. Things like the kind of door or flooring you decide on can have a positive or negative impact on the overall room. If you want your new extension to act as more of a living room or playroom then you’ll be looking at having carpet fitted but if you want it to be a kitchen or dining room then a tiled floor might suit it better.

It’s the same thought process as any other room basically. When it comes to doors, you’ll want something that doesn’t seem to separate the space from the rest of your house as the whole point in this extension is to have a space that crosses over seamlessly. A good choice for this purpose would be bifold doors as they allow for a smooth opening that’s less jarring than your average door.

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Fitter Windows doesn’t only provide impressive conservatories and orangeries, we also sell high-quality windows and doors. For more information, you can contact us or browse our website.

Nicola VaughanOpen Plan Living Spaces – Tips for Planning your New Home Extension

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