Brick extensions to the home
Most people would like more space in their homes, whether for an extra bedroom, a larger living room or kitchen, or even a hobby room. However, because fewer people can afford to move these days, they look for ways to improve their current home.
Many builders have reported a significant increase in the number of home extension projects currently being ordered. Previously, brick-built extensions were built simply to improve the appearance of the home. Today, however, the extension may be absolutely necessary due to an elderly relative moving in who can no longer manage the stairs or, more commonly, because the family’s children are unable to leave home because they cannot afford to. Whatever the reason, the brick-built home extension remains the most common type of home extension.
Many home extensions these days are PVCu conservatories or other heavily glazed structures, but brick, stone, or flint-built extensions are still very popular.
Traditional brick built extensions vs conservatories
One possible reason for opting for a brick-built extension is that you prefer this same building to also be made of brick, stone, or some other material; this may even depend on your local area, or there may be planning restrictions or restrictive covenants attached to your property. Even if planning regulations did not require it, the outer walls of a new extension in certain rural areas might look better if they were made of flint and brick.
Conservatories grew in popularity for two reasons. The first was that double glazing companies discovered that their units were so inexpensive to manufacture that they might provide conservatories at a very competitive price, and the second was that there is no need to apply for building regulation control as long as they are separated from the main house by solid external quality doors. This made conservatories much easier to build than brick-and-mortar extensions.
The advantages of traditional brick building methods
Brick or stone structures can provide far more than a glass and PVCu unit. For starters, the possibilities are virtually limitless. A traditional build is the way to go, especially if you are adding more than one storey. If you need more than one room, even on a single level, a traditional design makes dividing far more coherent unlike walls within a conservatory, especially if one of the rooms is a bathroom, shower room, or toilet.
A traditionally brick-built addition will also be more insulated than a double-glazed conservatory. The structure will also have a cavity between both the inner wall, which is usually made of breezeblock, as well as the outer wall, which is the more decorative layer of brick. To improve the heat retention properties of the brick wall, the cavity can be filled via an insulating layer.
Services and utilities
Fitting utilities is also much easier in a brick-built extension . If you’re going to build a kitchen, for example, it’s much easier to fit cabinets against a solid brick wall and run all of the supply pipes for water and gas, as well as the cabling for electricity, through the brick walls than it is to try to hide them in a conservatory.
Mounting electrical outlets and shelving, for example, is much easier. These things aren’t impossible in a conservatory; they’re just more difficult and challenging, and thus usually more expensive.
Project for building
Of course, a brick-built extension is more of a construction project that will take longer to complete than erecting a conservatory. Building regulation approval will also be required, but the rules regarding whether or not planning permission are required are the same regardless of the construction method.
These will vary depending on where you live in the United Kingdom , but your local planning office will be able to provide leaflets and advice to help you navigate this potential minefield.
Make the right decision
If you need more than one room, and especially if you want to use the rooms all year without incurring a large heating bill, brick construction, while more expensive to build, will provide what you need in the long run.
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