When you move to a new house, the costs can really begin to mount up – there are estate agent fees, legal fees, stamp duty, as well as the premium for that extra bedroom or bigger kitchen.

Typically, you will find you can build a decent extension to your existing home, which gives you the extra space you need that is designed explicitly around how you want to live.

When planning your extension, make sure you think about it in the form of an investment in your home. Will what you are planning to build add more value to your home? Can you add features that will increase its value?

An often-overlooked consideration when considering your extension is whether to go for a single story or maximise the space with a double extension. This can be a real option depending on your budget as you are undertaking the project anyway.

You can choose three main types of house extensions when planning to extend your home. Find out more about these here.