So you’re planning a home extension? We’ve put together a list of seven smart ideas that we hope will inspire you, from bringing the outside in to rising above it all.

1) Bring the outside in

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Us Australians are outdoor lovers, and our homes reflect that. Living rooms that open right up to the outside are hugely popular, but we particularly like this design with a row of plants on the inside to visually connect the room to the garden.

2) Add a deck

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Adding a deck to your extension gives you an extra living area that you’ll use a lot more than you might think! In our great climate you can enjoy meals and other activities on the deck virtually all year round.

3) Build a studio

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Building a studio in the garden to create extra space is a popular choice for those looking for a home office, teenage accommodation or a parent’s retreat. The distance from the house can add privacy (and reduce noise if your teenager is learning to play drums!).

4) Rise above it all

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If your house is on a sloping block, a raised extension can give you the extra space you need without taking away from your outdoor space. In fact, it can create a whole new usable, sheltered space.

5) Mix it up

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An extension is an opportunity to make your own design stamp on your home. Many home owners are choosing to create interesting contrast using a mix of old and new, bright and dark or hard and soft materials and textures.

6) Get to work

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More and more of our customers want to add home offices to their houses these days as busy families want more organisation and dedicated space for work (or homework!).

7) Add a bathroom

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It seems obvious, but an extra bathroom is sometimes not part of the plan when extensions are first discussed. Apart from adding serious resale value to the home, an extra bathroom can make life a lot easier for large families.

Over to you

We’d love to hear what you love about your extension, or if you’re still planning one, what’s on your wish list? Let us know by posting a comment below!

Need some more info or advice on house extensions? Download our free Consumer Guide, or call us on (02) 8765 1555.

All images in this post and more information on the specific projects can be found on the inspiration-inducing website Houzz:

Smart home extension ideas

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