A Small House and a Growing Family – Move House or Do a Loft Conversion?
Just like most families, we started out as a couple in quite a small house. Not so small that we couldn’t start a family but we are outgrowing our house now with two children and only two bedrooms.
We pretty much have two options and they are to either move to something larger or to extend our current house. The first option is of course expensive with the higher costs of a larger house and all the other costs that you have to face when selling and buying a house. You also have to factor in all the changes if moving to a new area or different city even. The home you know and the area you might have lived in for a long time would not be yours anymore.
Option two is to do a house extension and that could be a loft conversion to make a master bedroom upstairs in the loft on a third floor or to extend into the garden. We have many neighbours who have done the latter.
Personally, I do quite like a loft room for a bedroom as long as there’s enough space to stand up properly. We’ve been looking at a few newbuilds recently and I keep looking at the Solstro style windows that open beautifully and let loads of light in without compromising your privacy. I’m the kind of person that keeps blinds closed so that people don’t look in but love that you can keep these kinds of windows uncovered in a loft room.
I don’t think an extension into the garden would be that useful for us as bedrooms are what we need and we wouldn’t have them downstairs.
Loft extensions can cost quite a lot of money too but they don’t cost as much as a four-bedroom house so it’s definitely the cheaper option.
We have a lot to think about at the moment! Staying put would make some things easier since we wouldn’t have to change anything other than parts of the house but with a new house, there’s no building work required and a fresh new house would be quite exciting too.
What did you do when your family outgrew your home?