Choose home improvements with long life expectancy
Create more living space
When you want to add an additional room to your home, you typically have two options – build out or build up. This is a construction project that involves creating an additional building structure and integrating it with the rest of the home. Home improvements that increase floor area, such as an extension or loft conversion, remain a good way to add value. Extensions, basement and loft conversions is the most common way to add usable square footage to your home.
Extensions are ideal for creating more living space and opening up existing spaces to the outdoors. If you are looking to achieve maximum value for money with your extension, consider building over two storeys. This way the average cost per square metre is reduced by stretching the more expensive elements of roof and foundations over a larger area. You could also build an extra storey over the top of an existing single storey structure, such as a garage. Be strategic when planning your extension and consider who the future buyer of your house is likely to be. An improvement that may add value in one area may not necessarily add value elsewhere. For instance extra bathrooms and large kitchens are usually good investments in family-sized homes.
Basement excavations and constructions can provide an extra floor. With modern construction techniques a basement can become a bright, warm and airy living space of your home.
A loft conversion offers you a fantastic way to add space and value, to your home. If you’re looking to add value to your home by converting a loft, transform it into a flexible, universal living space. Think about the areas in which your home is currently lacking: extra bedroom, bathroom, extra living room, gym or study.
Make your home greener and cheaper to run
When you make home improvements like a loft conversion or an extension make sure they are insulated. Make certain it’s do to the standards stipulated by Building Regulations. Consider requesting a quote from your builder to arrange rest of your home to be insulated as well.
Whatever alternations you’re making to your home, make sure you install the most efficient lighting.
If your home improvement work requires scaffolding this would be an ideal time to install solar panels. Scaffolding is a significant part of the solar installation costs. So combining it with other works could make them much more cost-effective.
Extending the size of a home often requires improvements to your heating system and installation of new radiators or under floor heating.
Installing new windows will have to comply with minimum Building Regulations. It’s worth installing the most efficient ones you can afford.
Increases outdoor living spaces
An outdoor living space is not only a great feature to enjoy while you live in your home. It will also attract buyers when you’re ready to sell. Adding a deck to your home is one of the most worthwhile of all home improvement projects. One of the reasons that a deck is such a good investment is because it increases living area at a minimal cost per square foot.
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