When the time comes to decide on making improvements to your home, it’s important to consider your motives, the central of which should always be your enjoyment and satisfaction. A recent GoodHome report highlights how important this is, finding that 73% of people who are happy at home are happy in life.
Certain improvements can also prove to be a smart choice for adding value to your home, but value should come second to using the work to enhance your life.
Let us help you explore some of the ways you can boost your enjoyment at home with key improvements…
Convert your loft
Open up a new bedroom by converting loft space. This can be one of the least complex home improvements as it often falls under ‘permitted development’, meaning you don’t need planning permission. Of course, you will need to consult an architect to fully establish what work can be done. Roof light conversions tend to be relatively straightforward, but mansard conversions often require planning permission.
How frequently depends on the space, its use and the traffic it sees, but our homes need decoration updates from time to time. This opportunity can be a nice way to refresh your home and revitalise your enjoyment of the space with new colours and interior styles. Here are some areas to pay attention to:
- peeling paint
- squeaking or sticking doors and windows
- mouldy sealants in kitchen and bathroom
- loose tiles
- cracks to ceilings and plasterwork
If you’ve got old windows, you can quickly improve energy efficiency by replacing them with contemporary windows. PVC windows are available in a range of different colours and finishes, such as woodgrain, allowing for stunning aesthetic updates as well as the functional improvements.
The kitchen is one of the first places first-time buyers look to improve. The heart of homes, our kitchens are spaces to cook, eat, entertain and socialise, and they benefit hugely from some care and attention when being designed. Whether you like minimalist Scandi vibes, a traditional country kitchen or an ultra-modern feel, once you have the general look and feel decided, you can think about the practical elements, from hobs and ovens to efficient storage.
New bathrooms, and adding en-suites in particular, are a huge draw for many homeowners, but bathrooms are one of the most expensive investments. Keeping your existing layout will keep the price down, but aesthetically pleasing options like concealed or frameless showers are likely to ramp the price up.
Homes with garden space are a fantastic asset. Regardless of size, they can provide a personal outdoor sanctuary and added space for socialising when the weather is nice. Keeping on top of your garden is low cost and can be a pleasant experience. Mowing the lawn, pruning bushes and planting flowers are the key ways to keep your garden in tip-top shape during the spring and summer months. If you’re looking to make more significant changes, water features, patio paving, and decking can transform your garden into an outdoor haven.
Maintaining your home’s ‘kerb appeal’ helps to add value, as well as simply ensuring you’re happy with the way your house looks every time you come home. Some small and some large, there are plenty of jobs you can carry out to spruce up the exterior of your house:
- repointing brickwork
- repainting doors and windows
- replacing an old garage door
- replacing roof tiles
- changing/repairing windows
- repainting walls
- repairing/replacing cladding such as render or timber
- removing stone cladding
- adding a porch
- adding climbing plants/trellis
Add a conservatory
One of the most popular home improvements for many years, conservatories allow us to flood light into our homes and create another living area to enjoy. They’re also a great way to get a little closer to nature if the conservatory extends into a vibrant garden. Different types of glazing are available to suit your needs, with certain choices impacting energy efficiency and cleaning requirements. Adding a conservatory is ‘permitted development’, but you still may need to comply with building regulations.
Budget updates to consider
‘Wow’ factor is what many people strive for at home. Thankfully, there are countless smaller areas to pay attention to. If you want a more affordable update, take a look at these options:
- repainting throughout in neutral shades
- reopening fireplaces
- upgrading lightbulbs
- cleaning windows
- sanding floorboards
- creating storage
- stripping woodwork
- styling with furniture, lamps, accessories and flowers
Once you’re happy in your home, we’re on hand to ensure you can preserve it and the positive wellbeing that comes along with a space you’re proud of! Home improvements are bound to throw up a bit of dust and dirt – this is where an easily accessible, lightweight-yet-powerful vacuum cleaner, such as the H-FREE 700 or H-FREE C300 comes in handy. Both vacuum cleaners offer excellent cordless power on all flooring types, whether they are hard wood or thick pile carpet.