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A house is a house is a house is… a home? But how do you really put your own stamp on your home? Decorating and furnishing with all the comforts of your preferred space and lifestyle is a great start, but have you really uncovered the potential of your property? Renovations to your home stand to serve two beneficial purposes. While one is future profit, the other (which we will be looking at in this article) is all about making your home an amazing place to live. When it comes to home improvements from renovation plans, the options are countless.
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Extending. One of the more common renovation plans for property owners is to look at how the home can be extended, offering brand-new extra rooms in the house for whatever purpose your current circumstances call for. It could be that you’re opting for a sunroom or conservatory; popular choices considering the UK weather. Utilising the light that a conservatory can bring to an extra space could be just what you are looking for. But they serve a very specific purpose and can often restrict how you make use of the space as your circumstances change in the future. On the other hand, an extension that offers a traditional extra space in the home can be used for a varied range of purposes and could allow your budget to go further in the longer term.
We spoke to Mike Hicks, project manager of Touchstone Lofts Wimbledon branch, and he recommended some things to consider when looking at an extension: planning permission; budget (depending on the purpose of your extension, you may need to factor in plumbing, heating, and so on); unexpected findings (you may need to set aside some of your budget for unexpected planning hurdles, foundational issues and/or roofing requirements that you didn’t anticipate); interior design costs. Once you have set out a full plan and budget, extending your property is a great way to put renovation into action, add value to your home, and make a new space in which to life the life you want. A room, after all, is not simply a room – it is a snug, a new office, a nursery – it is a big part of your life.
Transforming an unused space. Before you start exploring building brand new rooms, have you considered hidden rooms that may already exist. Basement renovations and loft conversions, for example, could be a much more affordable option, and can offer that extra space in the home for your requirements. Take the loft as an example. Chances are, you’re currently using it to store your Christmas decorations or a couple of old chairs. This is space just begging to be updated, modernised and used as part of your home. Whether it’s for a mini cinema room, a snug or an office space, your loft space could go much further than you first think. Again, the market appeal for a home with a converted space is high, and you will be able to fully utilise all of the space in your home, usually without the planning permissions that come along with extension work. You will still have to consider budgeting for heating, electrical work and so on, but potentially, insulation options will cut down the costs of the initial build as well as future energy consumption in the home.
Don’t neglect your outdoor space. Renovations don’t have to stick to rooms within the home. If you think of your garden or yard as an extra space in the home, you can do wonders to your living space. From adding new paving, to a rock garden, pond or decking, you can transform an outdoor space and make it much more appealing, modern and beneficial to your lifestyle.
So, by planning some time and setting aside a budget, you could completely transform your living space and really make your home work in your favour. From additional space for a growing family, working from home or extra storage, to adding that extra touch to your yard or garden and making it a little haven for the summer months. Renovation plans can really pay off, not only for your enjoyment now, bur for the market price later on.