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Bizarreorwhat Sat 15-Oct-16 11:37:56

Hi, can anyone advise me please on a good way to extend a home property to create a yoga studio? I have no idea of costs at the moment but some thoughts I have are brick extension or conservatory type... I know nothing about building so looking for advice on best way to go to create a lovely space that doesn't break the bank!

FlamingoSnuffle Sat 15-Oct-16 18:17:04

Usual standard ballpark cost for single storey extension is around £1500 psqm so if you had a 3m x 3m extension would be £13,500. This is obviously subject to many different factors such as ease of access to your property, foundations being on good ground (they never know what they will find until they dig down) the design of the space and the type of roof you want.

This is only for first fix, so wires and pipes but no sockets/flooring etc but a plastered shell.

Conservatories are lighter but come with more issues because of the roof being polycarb or glass, so the direction it faces has a huge impact on thermal gain from the sun. Heating it in winter or shielding the sun in summer can become issues.

I have had both, inherited a conservatory with a house and hated it. Then built a kitchen extension at this house.

If you are using the yoga studio as a business then you will need to look into the business rates payable on that portion of your property as well as the usual council tax.

johnd2 Sat 15-Oct-16 18:55:11

If you want to use it all year round don't go for a conservatory. They only usable when the weather conditions are right, and they are effectively semi outside. We just got rid of ours, we basically used it as a garden shed and it blocked out all the light.
Sorry I don't know a lot about yoga but if it's just for you do only small consider a bit of remodeling. Eg if you're kitchen is small, make a kitchen extension with nice big windows and turn your old kitchen into a studio.
Another option if you have a big garden is to build a glorified shed/log cabin. Again you have a possible conservatory weather problem, but if you minimise the amount of glass and insulate it, you can have something usable without compromising your house. Also you don't need building regs approval or planning permission for most summer houses.

Bizarreorwhat Sat 15-Oct-16 20:45:33

Thank you both for your very informative replies. The yoga studio will be for business use.

johnd2 Sun 16-Oct-16 09:51:04

In that case also check your deeds, some have covenants not allowing to run a business from your property.
Good luck!

Bizarreorwhat Sun 16-Oct-16 11:13:08

Thanks Johnd

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