Interiors

6 Renovation Projects That Add Value To Your Home

Making improvements to your home can be incredibly expensive, especially if you’re making big changes, but sometimes, it just needs to be done. Finding the money can be difficult and it takes a long time to save up money that you end up spending overnight once the project gets underway. But that money doesn’t always disappear because you could be adding value to the home. If a project adds value to your home, you can consider it an investment because you still have that money, it’s just tied up in your house. This is something that you should think about when you’re deciding what work to do on your home because projects that add value are far more sensible than projects that don’t.

In general, you need to think about what other people look for in a home. If you’re making changes that are likely to improve the house for anybody that lives there, they will add value. But if you’re making specific changes that are more personal to you and your family, other people might not consider them a selling point. 

If you have some money set aside to spend on your house but you can’t decide what changes to make, these are some of the best home renovation projects that add value to the property. 

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Remodelling The Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home for a lot of people. It’s where you cook and eat meals together as a family and it can serve as an entertaining space for guests as well. Houses with an outdated or small kitchen really struggle to sell because it’s a big priority for a lot of people, so a kitchen remodel will always add value to the home. Most people can expect to recoup between 60 and 120 percent of the money that they spend on a new kitchen so in some cases, you can actually make money on it. 

When you’re remodelling the kitchen, there are a few important things that you need to remember if you want to make sure that it adds value. The first and most important thing to remember is to make sure that it fits with the style of the house as a whole. A lot of people make the mistake of spending loads of money on a flash, modern looking kitchen in a quaint old property and it just looks out of place. In an older property, you’d be much better off going for a farmhouse style kitchen that fits better with the rest of the interior. 

The other important thing to think about is energy efficiency. We’re all trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle these days and that starts at home. If you have appliances in the kitchen that are not energy efficient, your house is not going to be very eco-friendly and that takes away from the value. People will also be worried about the cost of their energy bills, so energy efficiency is always important if you want to add value to your home. 

Bathroom Additions

Having more than one bathroom is a big selling point for a lot of people, and it makes things more comfortable for you while you’re living there as well. This is especially true if you have kids that are getting older and want their own space. If you only have one bathroom, you should seriously consider adding another one because in most cases, the value of your home will rise by a lot more than the cost of adding the bathroom in the first place. However, this doesn’t apply if you are building an extension to put the new bathroom in. 

You should look around your home and see if there are any rooms that don’t really get used very much. Splitting a large room into a slightly smaller one and a bathroom is another option too. Spaces that you could use include closets that don’t get much use or the area underneath the stairs. If you want to put a bath in, you will need a much larger room, otherwise, the bathroom will feel very cramped. 

Sustainability is important when installing a new bathroom as well but a lot of people forget about it. Water usage is a big problem and the best way to cut down is to install the right fixtures in your new bathroom. You can get some great low flow showers and taps that use a lot less water. You should also install a low flow toilet that uses less water with each flush. These simple additions will help to make your home more eco-friendly and increase the value. 

Better Insulation

Another simple way to make your home more eco-friendly is to put some better insulation in the walls and the roof. Some homes, especially older ones, waste a lot of energy through lost heat. That means it’s harder to keep them warm so they’re not as eco-friendly and you will be spending a lot more money on your heating bills. Putting new insulation in the walls can be quite expensive but you will earn that money back over time through cheaper heating bills and the value of the home will go up. Installing insulation in the roof is quite a bit easier and cheaper and you can probably do it yourself, but it will still make a big difference. 

Double Glazed Windows

If you live in an older property and you only have single glazed windows, upgrading them is the first thing that you should spend your money on. Single glazed windows let out a lot of heat so even if you install better insulation, your home will not be very efficient at all. People come to expect double glazed windows in any property these days so not having them seriously affects the value. Noise is a big problem in houses with single glazed windows as well, especially if you live near a busy road. Upgrading all of your windows can be quite expensive but it will add a lot of value to your home so it’s definitely worth doing. 

Carports

Having a space to park a car immediately adds value to your home. If you have a garage, that’s a big selling point because it gives people more security when they park their car and it’s also a bit of extra storage space. But if you don’t have a garage and you can’t get the planning permission to build one, that can be a big problem for you. Some people simply can’t afford to build a garage either. If that’s the case, you should look at carports instead. A carport is so much cheaper to build than a full garage and it still gives people a safer place to park their car and protect it from the elements. 

Decking And Patios

The outdoor space in a property is very important and the right garden can increase the value of your home a lot. Size is a big factor and if you have a large outdoor space, your home will be worth a lot more money. But people are also interested in the maintenance of the garden and how they will be able to use it. If the garden has a huge lawn and lots of plants, that isn’t always great because it’s a lot of work. People may think of it as a burden rather than an asset. What you really want is a large garden that is easy to maintain. 

The best way to achieve that is to replace part or all of the lawn with decking or patio instead. By doing this, you take away a lot of that maintenance and you create a nice area where people can sit on a hot day or entertain guests. Decking is great if you want a more natural look in the garden and it’s often easier to install because you don’t need to dig into the garden. It’s especially good for gardens that are not very level because installing a patio can be a bit difficult. The only downside is that it needs more work because if you don’t stain it properly every year or two, the weather will wear it down and it can start to rot. 

The main benefit of a patio is that it’s very low maintenance. Once installed, you don’t have to worry about it. You may get some weeds growing up through the cracks but they are easily taken care of with some good weedkiller. If your garden is relatively flat, a patio is probably your best option. 

If you have a larger garden, it’s a good idea to split it up and put decking or patio on one half and leave the lawn on the other. This gives you distinct areas of the garden that can be used for different things, so you create a multi-purpose space that is more desirable. 

If you are worried about the money that you are spending on your home, it’s best to choose one of these home renovation projects that will add value to the house. 

Let there be light!

When we focus on home design, we tend to focus on tangible things that we can see and that contribute significantly to our home’s functionality or aesthetic. We consider carpets and other types of flooring, furniture, appliances, and more. But one factor of every home that tends to often be overlooked (and which has a profound impact on both functionality and aesthetics) is lighting. Every home needs light. So, let’s take a moment to look at the different types of lighting you should incorporate into your home design!

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Natural Light

If you want your family to have the best quality of life possible, it’s time to start considering how natural light affects you! To start with, it regulates people’s sleep-wake cycle. While we are told time and time again how important it is to get our eight hours’ worth of sleep a night (or even more for little ones), we aren’t informed quite so often of how natural light in our lives affects our ability to get sufficient sleep. Your body’s sleep-wake cycle is controlled by circadian rhythms. These are signals that tell your body when it’s time to get rest and when it’s time to wake. If you aren’t exposed to enough natural light during the day, your circadian rhythms can become confused and you can suffer from sleep problems as a result. This is why you need to flood your rooms with natural light! Another benefit of having a property filled with natural light is that everyone benefits from a little extra vitamin D. This is essential for healthy skin. So, maximise the amount of natural light in your property wherever possible. This may require renovation work like having larger windows installed, fitting a skylight, or having French or sliding doors put into your living spaces.

Artificial Light Fittings

Of course, natural light only lasts during daylight hours. You are going to have to incorporate artificial light into your home as well if you want to keep things bright throughout the early mornings, evenings and nights. Now, there are plenty of fittings out there and the type you settle on should fall down to personal choice and aesthetic preferences. When purchasing artificial lights, make sure to use a reliable website whose products have good reviews. This will increase your chances of obtaining a good quality product that will stand the test of time!

Artificial Light Bulbs

Remember there are plenty of different bulbs out there too. Wherever possible, try to use eco-friendly, energy-saving bulbs. These are much better for the environment and will last longer too! Then focus on how bright you’d like the bulb to be (whether you want a soft glow or a bright glare) and what kind of tone you want the light to have (a warm tone or a cool tone).

As you can see, there’s a lot to take into consideration when planning lighting in your home. Hopefully, the above information will encourage you to take your property’s lighting seriously!

4 Home Improvement Projects Worth Undertaking

When you are a homeowner, there is often a project that you want or need to undertake. They can breathe new life into your home, they can make your living space more practical and they can add value to your house. Not to mention that they can be fun to plan and complete. The question can sometimes be around where to focus your efforts, so whether you are planning to take on some DIY or call the professionals in, here are our suggestions of 4 home improvement projects that are worth undertaking. 

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Anything structural

The first place that you will need to start when carrying out any home improvements will be to check on your home’s overall structure and condition. Your priority spends are always going to need to be on anything structural that requires your attention.

You might find that you need new ridge tiles for your roof, a damp proof course installation or your brickwork repointing, none of which are likely to be exciting projects to undertake, but all of which are essential. 

There is no point in proceeding with other projects and makeovers until you have ensured your home is fundamentally sound and safe.

Extending or restyling your kitchen

Kitchens are often said to be the heart of our homes, so it makes absolute sense that we want to have our kitchens designed and styled to high standards.

Houses used to have small, functional kitchens, but in recent times there has been a definite shift to a preference for large family dining kitchens. People want room to cook, to entertain and to enjoy the space. Plenty of worktop space, cupboards and light flooding in all make people’s kitchen wish lists, so if yours has not had a makeover for many years, this might be one project that it is worth you investing in.

A well designed kitchen is likely to add value to your home, and more importantly, it will be a space that you are going to use every single day and enjoy spending time in. 

Improving your bathroom facilities

This one can take a few different guises, and all will be worthy projects to undertake.

Adding an extra bathroom, by way of an en-suite or a downstairs toilet, are always going to be useful additions to any household. This is assuming that they do not remove a bedroom in doing so, as in most though not all cases, this can bring down the value of your home. 

You might need to update your current bathroom, if the suite is coloured it can appear dated or the tiles and flooring might need a new look. A modern, clean and functional bathroom is the look that you want to achieve here. 

Landscaping your garden

An untidy garden is unsightly, but is also represents wasted space and opportunity.

Your garden can act as an additional room in your home, space for you to spend time in and enjoy. Look for tips to improve it and think about how it might be best utilised. Could you add a shed for storage space or even a garden room thereby creating an office or den for your home? 

These can be practical solutions, as well as improving the appearance and saleability of your home.