Home extensions can be a wonderful way to add value to your home, both in terms of its visibility and its resale value. As specialists in Gold Coast home extensions, we believe that it is important to create a seamless transition by blending the old and new in every home extension project.
Here are some ways that we believe a harmonious blend between all the elements can be achieved to enhance the value of the extension and make it feel like it has always been part of the house.
Preserve Architectural Integrity & Ensure Design Continuity
When doing an extension, it is important to pay attention to architectural details (such as doors, windows or roof lines) and match or replicate them in the extension. Preserving the architectural style of the existing home means incorporating design elements that make your house unique and integrating them into the extension.
Adding wildly different design elements to an extension is seldom a good idea, as it will make it stand out from the rest of the house and feel tacked on. Similarly, using totally different building materials is not recommended.You should use materials that either match or complement those of the pre-existing home.
Achieving a cohesive look will require using the same types of bricks, sidings and wood finishes so that it mimics the original structure as closely as possible.
Colour and paint schemes are also necessary to match. While you don’t necessarily have to paint it the exact same colour, it should fit within the right colour palette and complement the pre-existing colour scheme. If you are unsure, neutral colours can work well, as they bridge the gap between different styles and eras of design.
Ensure Seamless Flow & Functionality
In terms of the extension’s feel, the layout and flow should align with the existing floor plan of the original house. Generally, open-concept designs and connecting corridors work well to create a smooth transition between all your spaces while making them feel like a cohesive, singular unit.
Interior design can play a big part in helping to connect old and new spaces. Choosing furniture and decor that can bridge the gap once the extension has been completed is crucial. It is strongly advised that you plan for this before construction on your extension begins so that you know how your new extension will be furnished and decorated in advance.
Transitional spaces, such as sunrooms or additional rooms, can also work well to serve as buffers, providing some functional benefits while also offering a visual transition.
A critical aspect that many homeowners forget to prioritise is the impact of landscaping and exterior integration on the visual cohesion of their extensions. Ensure that elements like pathways, gardens and outdoor seating areas are connected seamlessly between old and new spaces.
If you are looking for expert help in carrying out Gold Coast home extensions, contact us at Varli Building today. We will get the job done on time and within budget to the highest standards, guaranteed.