Two tips for building a home extension that will be used as a dance studio

If you're a dance teacher and are intending to use the home extension you going to build as a dance studio, you might want to read through the following tips. 

Ensure the contractor incorporates a bathroom into the studio

If you're going to be teaching dance classes in the extension, then you must ensure that your builder creates a bathroom inside the studio space. Aside from using the toilet facilities, students may need to pop into one of your property's bathrooms to get changed before or after their dance class or to splash some cool water on their face if they get overheated after dancing for a long time.

If there is no bathroom inside the extension, you will probably notice your students regularly asking to use the bathroom beyond the extension (i.e. the main one inside your home). This could cause a couple of issues; firstly, if your home's main bathroom is positioned quite far away from the extension, then any student who needs to use it during a class may be gone for quite a while and might then miss out on any important dance techniques you teach during this period. Secondly, your family members might find it a bit disconcerting and intrusive to have people they do not know using their home's bathroom, particularly if they like to keep personal effects in this area.

Conversely, if your builder fits a bathroom in the extension, students can pop into it easily, without missing out on more than a few minutes of your dance class, and will not unintentionally make your family members uncomfortable by using your home's main bathroom.

Think carefully about which section of the house you attach it to

If there is only enough space in one specific area of your property for this extension, then you might not have the luxury of being fussy about where it is built. However, if there is a lot of unused space around each side of your house and you can, therefore, add this extension onto any area of the building that you want to, you should give a lot of thought to where you're going to put it.

For example, it might not be a great idea to construct it at the back of your house if this leads to your garden, which is surrounded on either side by your neighbours' gardens, as you might want to keep the studio's windows and doors open on hot days (to ensure your students don't overheat whilst dancing) and the music blaring out of your speakers might travel towards these gardens and upset your neighbours who are trying to relax in these areas. In this situation, putting the extension at the front of your property, which is farther away from everyone's back gardens, would be less likely to lead to your neighbours complaining.

If on the other hand, the builder is going to fit big windows or french doors in the extension and your property overlooks a busy street, then you might want to put it on the side of the house so that your students won't have to be concerned with passers-by watching them dance, or shouting unpleasant or distracting things at them when they're trying to perfect their dance routines.