Extensions are becoming an increasingly popular solution to the need for extra living space. By extending your current home you can avoid the disruption and expense of moving, while adding substantial value to your property.
A1 Drafting has immense experience in the design of single story and second story extensions and work with you to create the perfect solution for your home.
You will probably already have a firm idea of what you require from your new extension. However, the best approach to fulfilling these needs may be less apparent. Each solution has its own advantages and drawbacks.
Extending outwards on ground level is often the simplest solution, especially when the extension of entertainment or service areas is the priority. This is normally the least expensive option as it requires less alteration to the existing structure. For this reason it causes less disruption, making it easier for you to remain in your home during construction.
The addition of a second story can create a huge amount of space. By placing bedrooms and amenities on the second floor, ground floor rooms become available for conversion to alternative use. This option is ideal for smaller house plots allowing you to retain the full extent of your garden. It may also give access to previously hidden views, enhancing both the appeal and value of your home. Second story additions are not always feasible as some buildings were not built to withstand the additional weight. Our in-house structural engineering staff will advise you of the viability of your project and can engineer reinforcement and underpinning where required.
The design staff at A1 Drafting will take you through all the available options to compare how alternative design implementations will work in your home.
Designing your residential extension requires the integration of the old with the new on both the aesthetic and functional levels. At A1 Drafting we don't view extensions as mere 'add-ons' to your existing house, but take the opportunity to review all aspects of your home's design. Our extensions function as an integral part of your new house layout.
Our design team select all building materials to match or complement the original, creating a seamless transition both internally and externally. The architectural style of your new extension is carefully crafted to complement and enhance your existing home, maintaining its overall character. Alternatively you may decide to radically remodel the appearance of your home, adding a modern exterior or period features. A1 Drafting has vast experience designing in a wide range of styles and materials and can create design solutions to satisfy your individual needs.