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If you need extra space in your home but you don't want to commit to a programme of long-term home improvement projects, have you considered a smaller, awesome addition instead? 

Don't worry if you don't know what we mean as we're going to show you! From a small loft conversion through to a handy garden annex, there are a number of ways you can add invaluable space to your home, so prepare your builders, decide if you need a bigger kitchen, an extra bedroom or a new study and get going!

1. A self-contained office in your garden

Garden Office with hidden storage shed built by Garden Fortress , Surrey:  Study/office by Garden Fortress
Garden Fortress

Garden Office with hidden storage shed built by Garden Fortress , Surrey

Garden Fortress

Will free up space in your home and give you access to a quiet haven of productivity. 

Two birds with one stone!

2. A small dormer won't much affect the profile of your home

​dormer loft conversion wandsworth:  Bedroom by nuspace

​dormer loft conversion wandsworth


But will bring extra space, thanks to opening up the loft area.

3. Is that a shed or a private yoga studio?

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Small garden extension


Perhaps it's a hobby workshop! A large garden shed can be easily transformed to house whatever you need. 

Include some insulation and it can be lovely and warm

4. A flat roof is ripe for transformation

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The perfect spot for an outdoor dining area, you'll get an extra room as well as somewhere nice to host guests.

5. Single-storey extension

Marlborough Road - Extension to Single Room:  Living room by Haydn Bennett Chartered Architect
Haydn Bennett Chartered Architect

Marlborough Road—Extension to Single Room

Haydn Bennett Chartered Architect

A single-storey extension adds just enough extra room but doesn't require you to extend the entire house.

6. Granny annex

Garden annex:  Garage/shed by Blankstone

Garden annex


When you want to create a guest suite but you simply don't have a room to spare, a granny annex might be the perfect solution.

7. Flat roof extension

Taking a space that would traditionally be taken up by a garage and turning it into a flat roof extension makes perfect sense. 

You could also add a second floor if you ever needed more space

8. Conservatory

Traditional Garden Room Project:   by ROCOCO

Traditional Garden Room Project


Conservatories are a wonderful, non-permanent way to add some extra living space to your home and you can be as creative as you like.

9. Summerhouse

Garden Room with Sedum Room:  Garden by Unique Landscapes
Unique Landscapes

Garden Room with Sedum Room

Unique Landscapes

A summerhouse can be turned into a fantastic extra room. 

The addition of a green roof here is great as it camouflages the structure and helps keep it warm.

10. Small rear extension

Ground Floor Extension, Drury Rd:  Garden by London Building Renovation
London Building Renovation

Ground Floor Extension, Drury Rd

London Building Renovation

When you don't want to extend your whole home, a small rear extension can just the ticket. 

Barely there, but offering a wealth of extra floor space, this is a great budget-friendly option.

11. All glass conservatory

A solid extension can seem like too much of a commitment, but an all glass conservatory?

12. Garden room

The bottom of your garden is a goldmine of potential so, if you need more space, simply build a room down there. 

This would be great for noisy teenagers!

13. Timber and metal extension

Rural extension, Dorset, UK:  Living room by Southpoint

Rural extension, Dorset, UK


Timber and metal makes this little add-on a relatively quick and easy addition.

14. Loft conversion

The guest bedroom:  Bedroom by K-Tribe Studió
K-Tribe Studió

The guest bedroom

K-Tribe Studió

Loft conversions can be grandiose affairs but, when kept simple and minimal, are a cost-effective way to open up your home.

15. Lean-to extension

Large external doors to blur the boundaries between outside and inside:  Living room by Fraher Architects Ltd
Fraher Architects Ltd

Large external doors to blur the boundaries between outside and inside

Fraher Architects Ltd

Awkward spaces can still be valuable so don't overlook the potential in your garden for extra space. 

This almost lean-to extension works, without affecting the main property

To see a great British loft conversion, take a look at this Ideabook: An expert West London loft conversion.

How have you added  extra space to your home?
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