You may have big plans to add more space to your home, but how far will your available budget stretch? Before making plans, you need to get an idea of what can be done with the money you have available.

Here we explain what types of project can be done with a budget of £30,000–50,000. This will comfortably allow you to create a substantial loft conversion, garage or cellar conversion, large single-storey extension and even a modest two-storey extension. We also show great examples of homes extended within this budget.

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1. Orangery-style extensions

A traditional-style option, designed to be in keeping with a period house and measuring 30m², would cost £1,250-1,450 per m² depending on location. A room measuring 4x7m would be ideal for a dining or sitting room and, in many instances, would fall within permitted development rights and so not require planning permission.

traditional conservatory from David Salisbury

The owners of this Somerset house required both extra living space and a small dining area. They chose to extend with a conservatory from David Salisbury which would create a light-filled room to suit their property. It cost around £40,000


2. Garage conversions

An attached double garage measuring 28m² could be turned into extra living space at a basic cost of £850-1,050 per m². To then integrate this space into the existing house by removing the partition wall – replacing it with an RSJ – add £4-5,000 to the cost.

If the space were to become a new kitchen, the cost of new units must also be added at around £5,000 upwards, depending on the kitchen supplier chosen. Your permitted development rights mean a garage conversion will not usually require planning permission, but it must comply with building regulations as the project would constitute a ‘material change of use’.


single storey side extension to the front of a Victorian property

A single-extension was added to the front of this Victorian home in Surrey. Reclaimed bricks were sourced to match the original brickworks and bargeboards made to replicate the existing exterior. This project cost around £46,500 for materials and construction

3. Cellar conversions

An existing cellar measuring around 35m² could be converted into an additional living room or home office at a cost of around £850-1,050 per m², including dampproofing (a tanking membrane) and insulation.

Adding a new lightwell and window would cost an additional £4,000-5,000. Cellar conversions come under permitted development rights but, as above, this is a ‘material change of use’. For details of specialist cellar-conversion firms, try basements.org.uk


IQ glass contemporary black extension

HUT architects designed this extension to a family home in London with the help of IQ Glass. The owners wanted a minimal extension with plenty of personality, that would maximise light and space. A dramatic double-height box on one side draws light up the staircase. It cost £36,000 for the design and installation

4. Single-storey extensions

This level of outlay could be sufficient to create a substantial extension, 30-40m² — budget for £1,050-1,450 per m². This might be enough to extend by around 4m right across the back of a typical semi or detached house, with either a flat or low-pitched sloping roof — ideal for creating a large open-plan kitchen-diner.

A contemporary design with folding-sliding doors, glazed roof lanterns and large floor-to-ceiling glazing units would cost £1,800-2,200 per m², so on the same budget the scale of the space may need to be reduced to around 23m². Many single-storey side and rear extensions will fall within your permitted development rights, but always check. And Building Regs will apply.


Arboreta glazed oak and stone two storey extension

The owners of this stone-built farmhouse, which is located in a small town between Carmarthen and Lampeter, in west Wales, tasked oak frame design-and-build specialist Arboreta with creating more space. The extension was designed to take in views with a sunroom downstairs and bedroom above. Lots of glazing was incorporated while maintaining a look that was sympathetic to the period style of the home. A similar oak-framed extension would cost around £35,000 from Arboreta

5. Two-storey extensions

More cost-effective than a single storey because they double-up on the use of the foundations and roof – two of the most expensive parts of a build – a two-storey extension on this budget could measure up to 30-40m² (both floors). At the rear of a property, this would typically extend the kitchen with a new bedroom above.

Many such extensions projecting no more than 4m from the rear of the original house are covered by permitted development rights, but a two-storey side extension will require planning consent – and don’t forget Building Regs.

Those with a smaller budget might wish to see what you can do for between £20,000 and £30,000. Or if you have a little more to spend, take a look at extensions between £50,000 and £90,000

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