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How to give yourself more space without an extension.

Most customers get in touch with us to help them design an extension or loft conversion to add space to their home.

Extensions and loft conversions are a great way to add space and value to your home, and you can sometimes get away with designing an extension that doesn't need to be submitted to your local planning department.

However, adding on to your existing home isn't the only way to give yourself more room. Opting for a garden annex may be better suited to what you'd like to use the extra space for.

To Use As Business Premises

You may want to start running your business from home, but want a separate office space or workshop rather than converting your garage if you have one or a room in your house.

This client - who was referred to us by Lincs Cabins - needed more detailed plans for a garden annex to be used as a teaching space for her baking business.

We were able to help her gain planning permission for a cabin with conditions attached that allowed her to use it for her cake decorating classes.

An Alternative to an Extension

Just like an extension, instead of using your annex for business purposes you may want to design and build one to use as an extra sitting room that makes better use of the garden space available.

Our customer at Cardwell Avenue wanted extra space but already had a conservatory and didn't want a rear extension that would make the existing kitchen darker. A garden annex better suited the property and the existing garden levels.

An Alternative to a Loft Conversion

A loft conversion would not be value for money for our customer on Glenorchy Road, so they decided to opt for a cabin to allow their son to have more independence in a living space of his own, as well as giving the rest of the family more room in their existing home.

The annex will be used as a bedroom and living room, with only a small kitchenette as it wouldn't be used for cooking full meals.

Garden annexes can also be built under permitted development depending on their height, purpose and distance from the boundary, so they could be the perfect choice if you don't want to wait for planning permission.

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