Our home is our haven, somewhere that we can spend time with our family, as well as a place to relax and unwind. Making updates to your house means you can benefit from a comfortable and modern space that is both functional and stylish – whether that’s with small improvements like a fresh coat of paint, or larger builds like extensions and conversions. Below, we’ll look at 5 ways to make your home better.
Extending your home is a way of adding a whole new element to your property. With a variety of building options to choose from, whether you’re interested in single-storey extensions or wrap-around extensions, there is something to suit all housess. Choosing to add an extension can add value and create more space. If your kitchen needs a makeover, an extension can create a modern, functional space with room for extra storage and socialising. Or maybe you need an office space to work from houses effectively? Choosing to add an extension means added value and improved functionality within your home.
Open-plan living spaces are becoming commonplace in modern homes. More of us are deciding to knock down walls and open up a room, for a few different reasons. Open plan living creates the illusion of more space – it lets more light in, illuminating your room and giving it an airy feel. Not only this, but you can make it a multi-functional place to spend time, for example, a kitchen diner is somewhere where you can socialise, eat, and cook. You can compartmentalise your space by adding breakfast bars, or islands so that your room still has structure.
An often-overlooked idea when thinking of ways to improve your home is the windows you choose. With different glazing options available, choosing the correct type can have an impact on the overall look and value of your home. Double-glazing is almost always used in modern homes – it can reduce heat loss; reduce the noise you may hear from outside and adds increased security as it is durable. However, you must choose new windows in line with your property – if your home is a period build, adding double glazing may look out of place and could even reduce the value! Be sure to do your research and choose windows to complement your home.
Restore period features
Whilst new builds are popular amongst home buyers, older, period properties can come with a range of features that you won’t find in modern homes, that are attractive and add a bit of personality. If this sounds like your house, there are ways that you can bring these features back to life and restore them to their former glory. If you have fancy, decorative cornice work and coving, you can add to these with additional plaster work to re-establish the shape. If you have a feature fireplace, you can give it a modern makeover with a fresh coat of paint, and some fancy, bold tiles.
Visitors make their first impression as soon as they see the outside of your home, so you must take care of the external features, as well as the internal. This could be by adding something as simple as a new front door or improving any worn-looking wood or brickwork. You could spruce up your front garden or improve your driveway. You don’t have to use a lot of your budget on the external features of your home, you could simply add a new nameplate, number, or fancy knocker to your door, and this could make all the difference!