Following the revelation that passionate UK homeowners’ appetites for home improvement and renovations remains strong despite rising costs, with one in six preferring renovating rather than moving, James Bernard, Director of Plus Rooms, offers his guidance to homeowners on what to consider for a home improvement that stands the test of time.
1. Go for materials and colour tones that are in keeping with the property
Despite the urge to go bold and transform your abode dramatically, it is wise to opt for long-term classic colours that will add lasting value to your investment. Choose materials and colour tones that match the feel of your current building rather than cutting-edge shades that shift away from the original architectural style. Creating a cohesive flow of colour throughout the home is also imperative to keep your living area aesthetically pleasing and to avoid the choppy feel between rooms.
2. Let the light in and ensure a good connection with the outside
The key to the success of a side return extension is to make allowance for glazing and natural light to create a sense of connection with the outside space. This can encompass the installation of full-height sliding doors and Crittall-style doors that provide an astounding connection with the outdoor area to a large, simple rooflight that maximises daylight entry into a room. By incorporating these features, homeowners are a long way towards creating a space that will be enjoyable to live in for the long term. Moreover, making excellent use of the dead space that flanks the room at the rear of your house can easily double the footprint of your property while giving your home value a boost of around 10 to 20% when finished.
3. Consider energy-efficiency upgrades that will save you money over the long term
From installing solar panels, improving insulations and draught-proofing to switching to LED lights and a low-carbon heat pump, while the cost of making energy-efficiency upgrades to the property might seem intimidating, these will be inevitable as the Government plans to increase the minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating to a C or above for all newly-rented properties from 2025. Besides, with a rise in eco-consciousness – 52% of tenants are happy to pay more for a greener house – this is guaranteed to be a worthwhile investment in the long run (potentially bumping up your house value by up to £60,000), while keeping your energy bills low.
4. Invest in quality building materials from the start
It might be tempting to go for cheap building materials, but the risk that comes along with it could potentially break your bank down the line. Choose durable, long-lasting building materials from the get go, such as bricks, concrete, steel and iron, and make sure you never compromise on the quality as you ultimately want a home to age well and withstand the test of time.Undertaking a house extension comes with an array of benefits in regards to raising your property value and maximising your living space. However, it’s crucial that homeowners do proper research and plan ahead before embarking on a home improvement, especially amid times when money pressure becomes an increasing reality. You don’t want to rush into an extension project that you regret doing later, which would cost substantially due to last-minute changes in plan. From a ‘design and build’ company to the architect with builder and project manager option, there are a variety of ways for homeowners itching to expand their abode. However, think twice if you are going for the latter as it’s often costlier and vague on its overall cost, unlike the first ‘design and build’ approach, which provides a clear price point from the outset. In a nutshell, choosing the right building materials and home design that are sympathetic to the age and style of the property are vital for homeowners keen on building an extension that will be timeless and a smart investment in the long run. And doing it right will promise a great return on investment financially, whilst boosting homeowners’ wellbeing.