Do you have enough space at home?

3rd October 2016

Do you have enough space at home?


Craig Smith, Managing Director Copperfield Windows, talks to us about how you can add extra space to your home in the most cost effective way.


We are known to build the smallest houses in Europe. Suggestions are that new homes are so small with almost no space for storing things, they are becoming claustrophobic and chaotic places rather than a place of refuge and relaxation -  something that is now taking a toll on our well-being.


This has made the government re-think the housing laws to make sure that new homes provide enough space, including not just living space but adequate storage and that more of them are built.


This is something which we would echo and needs to be a pressing priority for UK policy makers. Minimum room sizes need to be improved, they need to be better designed, making more use of the space that they do deliver.


It’s also important that this includes a shake-up in the planning laws – we have built far too few new homes, for far too long.


These changes are not instant and with average house prices now touching £300,000, moving to a larger house is not an easy option for a lot of families. A basic analysis of the cost of moving home places estate agency and legal fees at roughly five per cent of your onward purchase price. That’s £15,000 on the ‘average’ UK home.


These prices make doing home improvements all the more attractive. And a new generation of highly insulated and high specification conservatories, sun rooms and orangeries provide a ready-made solution


Energy efficient and even self-cleaning glass means that new glass extensions can be used for a host of different uses, for example for use as dining room, sitting room or kitchen.


There's a variety of options including the addition of an atrium or ‘lantern’ roof to a ‘traditional’ brick extension, plus ancillary products, for example bi-folding doors, that when retracted can open whole facades to the great outdoors.


The price is very attractive. Sun rooms, orangeries and glazed extensions are a lot cheaper than traditional builds. The other, is that disruption is kept to a minimum. 


This is because rather than needing to have trades on site for months, builds are reduced to just a few weeks because your new space is manufactured off site. This means that when it is built once the footings have gone in your new space will take shape in just a few days.


Manufacture under factory controls also guarantees a level of precision and accuracy that can’t be achieved on site. It means that whatever the weather, your build will go to schedule.


Copperfield, offers one of the UK’s widest choices of conservatories from a manufacturer at the forefront of innovation.


Each is brimming with technology, so regardless of whether you choose a classical or contemporary design you can be confident that it’s going to work as a comfortable and flexible family living space all year round.


Call 02476 452688 or email to find out more.  

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