Nail your extension and you'll increase your home's value – here's how to get the design just right

Watch the Real Homes Show for advice on getting an extension that a) you'll love and b) will make you money in the long run

If you want to add an extension to your home, then you need to watch the latest episode of the Real Homes Show (above). Architect Nick Stockley explains how the design process works, and how to make sure you get the perfect extension for your lifestyle and budget. Tune in for advice on what you need to know BEFORE you speak to any architects, plus why being open to new ideas could help you maximise the value of your home. 

Also in this episode, sponsored by Resi, tech expert Verity Burns shares the five gadgets every traveller needs, and interior designer Sian Astley has the hallway trends you need to know about. Finally, watch presenter Laura Crombie's guide to buying a mattress in a box.

The whole episode is 20 minutes' long, but you can use these timing to skip to your favourite sections:

  • Extension (40 secs): How to work with your architect to get an extension design that works for your lifestyle and budget
  • Mattress in a box (5 mins 20 secs): Why should you buy a mattress in a box and how easy are they to unpack
  • Tech for travellers (9 mins 15 secs): 5 gadgets that will keep your home and belongings safe while you're away
  • Hallway design trends (11mins 57 secs): Discover the 3 trends that'll liven up your hallway
  • Competition (15 mins 50 secs): Win a Bereco front door, worth up to £3,000 (now closed)
Laura Crombie

Laura Crombie is a journalist and TV presenter. She has written about homes and interiors for the last 17 years and was Editor of Real Homes before taking on her current position as Content Director for Country Homes & Interiors, 25 Beautiful Homes Period Living and Style at Home. She's an experienced home renovator and is currently DIY-renovating a 1960s house in Worcestershire. She's been quoted on home design and renovating in The Times, The Guardian, The Metro and more. She's also a TV presenter for QVC and has been a commentator for Channel 4 at Crufts dog show.