10 ways to add space without extending your home in 2023

kitchen leading into music room with double sided fireplace
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Knowing how to add space without extending is key to ensuring you can continue to enjoy your existing home without spending a fortune on building an extension or starting the search for a new, bigger property.

We all know how easy it is to fill the space we live in — growing families, an expanding menagerie of pets perhaps, a hobby that involves a large collection of items requiring storage and just the general day-to-day accumulation of 'stuff' all take up space. And to add to the spacial pressure on our homes there is the fact that more and more of us are now working from home, meaning a whole new room or space to be used as an office has to be conjured up from somewhere too. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.