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Crammed in at Christmas? Here’s how you can create a roomier home for 2019…

Having trouble housing all your relatives and friends this Christmas? The festive season really brings home how much of a squeeze it can be when people come to stay. Finding yourself crammed in at Christmas can make the whole thing feel rather stressed can’t it?

Whether it’s grandma and grandpa, uncles and aunts, or family friends, getting somewhere for all of them to sleep can feel like a juggling act. And that’s before we get to the queues for bathrooms and loos!

If this sounds all too familiar, it’s time to vow that Christmas 2019 won’t be like this and it’s time to take action.

So, how can you create more space in your home, for yourself and your visitors?

Here are 3 brilliant suggestions…

An over-garage extension

Garage conversions can be great, but if you’d rather continue using your garage as originally intended, what about an over-garage extension?

This will provide you with much-needed space for your visitors, and a place into which your children could grow as teenagers.

You’ll need expert advice on whether the current garage’s foundations and joists will allow you to build over it, and planning permission.

You could also find that if the garage walls are single skin, they may need to be upgraded.

An over-garage conversion is among the easier ways to add value, as well as space, to your home.

Estate agents estimate this could be between 10% and 20% of the value of your property.

So, as well as getting that extra space, a new bedroom and en-suite bathroom could also be adding tens of thousands of pounds to the value of your home. Of course, it’s always worth checking what the ceiling price is for homes similar to yours to ensure it’s a good financial bet.

A basement room

If you have a cellar space, why not investigate whether it would be better used to house a new room for your guests than storing your old toys, bikes, and all those things that should have been taken to the tip?

There are various considerations such as head height, whether you will need to tank the walls to prevent damp, how much work will need to be done to install electrics and lighting etc.

Something most won’t know is that unless you live in a listed building or in a conservation area or are lowering the floor of the basement to give you extra headroom, converting a cellar can be carried out under permitted development.

Keep in mind that for works involving party walls you’ll need permission from the other parties, via a Party Wall Act, and the usual building regs will apply.

A loft extension

Do you have wasted space right above your heads?

A loft extension can be the perfect answer to your space problems. Take a look at the head height, whether the joists are substantial enough to could take a new bedroom/bathroom, and how you could get access to it.

Stairs can be a tricky matter when it comes to building regulations and you need to ensure they comply with the latest rules.

If your development is within the existing roofline, dependent on size and windows are on the rear of the property, and you’re not in a listed building or conservation area, the project will be allowed under permitted development.

If you change the roofline by installing a dormer window, for example, you will need planning consent. As before, you’ll require building regs approval for the work.

Helping customers to make the most of their homes is what Parker Home is all about. So, whether it’s conversion or extension that will make the most sense for you, we’ll be happy to help.

If you need advice on getting more space, please get in touch with us at our Bury St Edmunds office on 01284 386899 or our Cambridge office on 01223 789786. Alternatively, you can email us at info@