Many homeowners with suitable houses and properties consider the opportunity of home improvements. There are many ways you can improve your property, and by investing wisely you can increase your house value. For example, a loft conversion is an efficient way to expand the use of space in your home, sometimes without the need for building permissions. And there are many other options to consider that deliver a good return on investment when you come to sell, and improve kerb appeal at the same time.
The most popular home improvements
There quite a number of home developments that people consider when refurbishing their home. Whatever the condition of the property you may want to consider some developments at home to increase the property value and the kerb appeal. Some people go to search online for ideas, for example on sites like Houseunleashed.com. The most popular comprise the following:
- Single and double storey extensions
- Loft conversions
1. Single storey and double storey extensions – which is best for you?
One way to gain more living space in your property is to add an extension to the footprint. Usually this requires planning permission so extra time must be allocated for this part of the project. And naturally there are the relative merits of a single storey versus a double storey conversion to weigh up for your own needs. The points to consider which apply to both opportunities should include:
- Actual space required and wanted
- Ability to fully realise the potential of the property
- Which would best suit your current house
- Finances available to invest in the project
- Time made available for the build
- Contractors available and willing to take on the extension
2. Loft conversion – Efficient home improvements
Ever wondered how much it would cost to convert your loft and expand the living space in your home? The cost of a loft conversion will depend on a number of factors, naturally. How big is your loft space? Is your property a single or double storey? How much drive way space do you have for the construction workers and contractors to park and work in? Will you be doing a Velux conversion or adding Dormer windows for extra light? And how many windows do you want to add? Here are your options and what what entail in brief:
VELUX loft conversions
Whether you have one or multiple VELUX windows affixed to the roof, you introduce light to the space. Generally they are very cost-effective and do not normally need planning permission.
A Dormer loft conversion
This is an extension to the existing roof projecting vertically from a sloping roof, creating additional floor space and headroom within the property. Internally, a dormer has vertical walls and a horizontal ceiling. It is the most common type of loft conversion, as the flat roof dormers often add the maximum amount of additional space.
Hip to gable conversion
It is possible to create a gable front and a hipped roof dormer to make it look more attractive, however, these types of dormers do not offer as much internal space. Additionally, due to the added complexity, a gable front and hipped roof dormer will cost more to build.
The main styles of dormer conversions include:
- Flat-Roof Dormer – A Dormer Conversion with a flat roof
- Gable-Fronted Dormer – Sometimes called ‘Doghouse’ Dormer
- Hipped-Roof Dormer – A Dormer Conversion with a hipped roof
- Shed Dormer – A Single Planed Roof that is pitched at a lesser angle than the main roof
Mansard loft conversion
Both a Mansard and L-shaped Mansard loft conversion are both based on a particular design. This type of conversion has a flat roof, with the back wall sloping inwards at an angle of 72 degrees. Windows are usually housed within small dormers which extend from the roof to create additional space.
For current and accurate cost estimates you will need to consult a local conversion expert.
3. Conservatories – Classic way to improve kerb appeal
There are many cosmetic and structural changes you can make to your house as the homeowner. Some will improve kerb appeal more than others. Some will increase the value of your home. Building a conservatory at home creates a light airy space that can have multiple uses. Apart from the external appeal of such a living area, it enables you to enjoy the light and sunshine no matter what the temperature on the outside of the house. There are many varieties of design for conservatories to suit modern and traditional houses.
Doubtless the addition of this indoor outdoor room will add value to your home, when you come to sell. And it is a space in your home you can enjoy everyday that you live there to gain full benefit.
4. Driveway – a home improvement for aesthetic appeal
If aesthetics and kerb appeal are major factors in your plan for home improvements, then a new drive way might be the investment you need. There are many contractors with creative portfolios to references and excellent reputations. They use design and materials creatively to be sympathetic to your property. The style of laying bricks and tiles to suit your property can create a unique look to establish the boundaries of your estate.
Research and choose your driveway contractor carefully, and ask about a guarantee for their workmanship for at least 5 years. Some now offer a 10 year guarantee. Ask for local references. Get involved in the decisions about the design and materials chosen for your new driveway. A new driveway could be just the investment you need to enhance the presentation and increase the value of your property.
Whatever home improvements you you are considering whether it’s an extension, a conservatory, a new driveway or a loft conversion, you must plan ahead. Research local experts and talk to an architect about what options you would have for your property. A little desk research is always advisable before you engage anyone. However, don’t be shy about investing in your property. The investment can yield dividends and add to the enjoyment of living in your home.
FURTHER READING FOR HOMEOWNERS & PETOWNERS
At Houesitmatch.com we like to offer useful and practical articles on topics for our readers. In this selection we offer you a number of suitable pieces from our own blog on renovating and decorating a home.