While autumn and winter bring with them darker nights, colder temperatures and often wetter weather, the beauty of the two seasons more than makes up for it (not to mention how they are the perfect excuse to put the heating on and get cosy)! However, some homes may be less enjoyable to live in than others during this time of year. That is why a home extension can be the perfect way to add space that is truly your own, with heating, lighting and stylistic options that make your home perfect for your own unique requirements at any time of year. Here are 5 features that make a new home extension perfect for autumn and winter time:
Windows & Custom Lighting
An extension can be so useful to have during autumn and winter because you are able to customise how much light you want in your living space. Lighting in your home may be limited by old wiring and your windows may not let enough light in, which can make a home feel duller and dingier during the darker months of the year. Having a new living room, kitchen, bathroom or open-plan space as part of an extension means that you can add whatever features suit you, such as floor-to-ceiling windows and skylight/roof windows to bring more natural daylight in, or even having custom lighting that lets you set the right mood.
See some of Copperwood’s past extension projects to get a feel for how we use windows, skylights and electrical lighting to really brighten up a space.
Adding a garden patio with sliding doors to a new extension means that you can open up your kitchen, dining room or living room to your garden area, which not only adds more natural light (as mentioned above) but also creates more of a connection between your home and garden. Imagine waking up one winter morning to full views of a snow-covered garden, or sitting out with a brazier on your patio for Bonfire Night before retreating back indoors to a cosy new living room. Patio doors can really make your garden feel like part of the home during autumn and winter, as well as throughout the rest of the year.
Lounge & Fireplace
By far the biggest advantage of building your own custom space though an extension is that it allows you to add features that may not be possible in your current home, such as a fireplace, wood-burning stove or decorative heater. These can look great in any style of home, from traditional and rustic to modern and minimalist. Having a heat source such as this really brings a living room together and makes your home much warmer and cosier for the colder months. Always check with your contractor when discussing your ideas if they are able to install or outsource work for a fireplace.
Read all about Copperwood’s experience in creating custom extensions with fireplaces and other unique features.
Another big advantage of a custom home extension is being able to install underfloor heating, which can make cold mornings and evenings that little bit more bearable. This works especially well in bathroom extensions but can be installed under almost any floor to give a comforting living experience for during autumn and winter.
Your extension could even include a guest suite/bedroom for when friends and relatives are visiting over the holidays. By building an extension with its own bedroom and bathroom, you open up many possibilities that can add more space and flexibility to how you use your home throughout the year, but when families gather over the New Year and other festive occasions, the utility, extra space and comfort provided by an extension really comes in handy.
At Copperwood, we take pride in the precision and high quality of our construction work. Our projects, from extensions to new-builds, have all featured reliable workmanship from our qualified and experienced staff, and we continue to enforce high standards of practice in every new contract.
To find out all about our standards of practice and why you should hire us for your next home extension project, call to speak to a member of our team for advice, to arrange a consultation or site visit and to receive a free quote.