Home extension door choices

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When you’re planning your home extension in London, you’ll spend a lot of time thinking about what you’ll be able to do inside that new space. Whether it’s deciding on the fixtures and fittings for your new kitchen or the soft furnishings for your new lounge area, you’re bound to devote a lot of time to cutting pictures out of magazines, collecting swatches and browsing shops.

You may not spend quite as much time, however, thinking about how you’ll connect that inside to the outside, but this can be just as exciting. The exterior door choices that you make can define the whole room, connecting it to your garden, patio or yard in dynamic ways, as well as bringing additional natural light into the space. We take you through some of the most popular door choices you have when planning your extension.

Bi-fold doors

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Bi-folds are one of the most popular doors we are asked to install at Simply Extend, and it’s easy to see why. Available in a wide array of colours and materials, they can work with many different London home extension décors and they are amazing when it comes to connecting your home to your garden.

As they fold, they can open right out in order to create seamless movement between your garden and extension – perfect for creating an inside-outside dining experience with a kitchen extension. Plus, the expanse of glazing fills your home extension with natural light and provides beautiful views across your garden.

Sliding doors

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Sliding doors offer a similar look and feel to bi-fold doors in that they seamlessly connect your home extension to your garden or yard. However, they are better suited to larger extensions as one panel has to remain static. The large glass panels are less broken up by frames than bi-folds, creating a beautiful effect even when closed.

French doors

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French doors are a much more traditional style and so are popular with those who want to retain a much more traditional feel for their home. The glazed panels allow for lots of natural light to filter into the space and the double doors help to create a connection between inside and out while still retaining the original style of the property.

No doors

Sometimes your extension will not require a door and it’s important to bear this in mind. If, for instance, you are building a side return extension on to an open plan kitchen dining area which already has an exterior door, you may just need windows to bring in additional light. Similarly, a very small extension may not require an exterior door at all.

Whatever style you’re looking at, our team of London home extension experts can help you plan your new space perfectly. Contact us today to discuss your project.

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Renovations To Add Value To Your Home

Whether you’re looking to sell your London home soon or just some time in the future, it’s important to make sure any home renovations you carry out add value and make it a more desirable purchase for potential future buyers.

There are lots of home renovations you could carry out but not all of them will necessarily add value so to give you some ideas, we’ve picked out 5 types of renovation that are definitely worth your while.

1. A new kitchen

A kitchen is often the first thing a buyer will look at replacing so a brand new, stylish, functional kitchen can really increase the desirability of your property. This kind of home improvement could range from a relatively small make over to a kitchen extension or an open plan kitchen-diner space and can add around 6% to the value of your home.

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2. An extra bathroom

Whether it’s an en suite, a wet room, a downstairs loo or a full bathroom, an additional bathroom is also a popular way to add value. It has the added benefit of more convenience for busy families and can give some real luxury to a home – as well as a 6% boost in value.

3. A conservatory

A conservatory can be a relatively simple way of adding extra interior space as well as up to 5% value. It can really help add some bright, airy space to your home and can mean a new reception space to allow your family to spread out.

4. A loft conversion

Perfect for adding any manner of rooms from bedrooms to home offices to studios, a loft conversion uses the often wasted space in your roof to provide useable space for you and your family. With a variety of options available, it can also make your home more desirable to future buyers, adding around 20% to the value of your home.

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5. A home extension

Adding an extension can add a large amount of value – around 23% – to your home if done well, although there are so many different things you can do with a home extension that this amount can vary. Whether you’re after more space in your kitchen or you want to increase space over two storeys to completely revamp your house, a home extension is a great solution.

If you’re keen to add value to your London home with an extension, contact Simply Extend on 0800 917 7571 to talk through your ideas.

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