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Renovating your new home can be a timely and costly task and, if you’re looking at doing major rebuilding work – or adding an extension – then you may even need to remortgage your home.
If you’re looking at renovating your home, either to add monetary value or to make it more ‘homely’, then it’s important that you get it right. Here, we look at hints and tips so that you can optimise the space that you have available in any room of the house.
The living room is often the one area of the home where all the family comes together in the evening after a hard day in the office or at school. As such, if you’re looking to renovate your living space, you should make sure that it remains family orientated.
In doing this, you’ll want to leave as much open space available as is physically possible. Space in the middle of the room will not only make the room appear larger, but will also make it more flexible if you’re a family who enjoys activities together, such as board games.
When you’re renovating, you should also look to make the room feel as inviting as possible. Although it’s likely that the television will be the main focal point of the room, other features are also actively encouraged.
A big statement fireplace, for example, will make the room incredibly inviting during the winter months for family members of all ages. As well as this, it will also add value to the home when you come to resell it. And that’s something that’s always worth keeping in mind.
The kitchen is one of the rooms that people look most closely at when they’re viewing a home, so if you think you’ll be selling in the next few years, then it’s definitely a room that’s worth investing in.
If you’ve got a large space, then it’s well worth incorporating an island or a breakfast bar in the centre of the room. As well as providing ideal preparation space when you’re making big meals, it’s also an area that the family can congregate around at breakfast time before everyone heads off for their day.
Additionally, if you’re investing heavily in the kitchen, then you should focus on your worktops. Investing in high quality products here can make a huge difference in how both your kitchen and your home in general are perceived. Plus, as they’re more likely to be hardwearing, they’ll last longer, too.
If you’re looking for a warming family effect, then stained wood creates an air of elegance and warmth. Whereas, if you prefer smart professionalism, then slate or limestone add a level of sophistication. Just make sure that whatever option you choose fits with the scheme in the rest of your home, creating a scheme that flows.
If you have the space to build an adjacent dining room, then you’re onto a winner. If the space isn’t there, as long as your island is practical, you’ll have a breathtakingly brilliant room that’s practical to boot.
A room for relaxation and escapism, a bathroom is the one room of the house that you can use to truly unwind after a hard day or week at work or school. From a sales perspective, finding a way to incorporate a bath and a shower is ideal, as many buyers would – in an ideal world – like to have both.
If you have a large bathroom and you’re looking to invest in renovation, then there are certain areas that you’ll be able to target. Statement baths, for example, are very in vogue at the moment, and if you can afford a standalone bath with claw feet, then the investment is incredibly worthwhile, creating a stunning visual effect. If this isn’t to your tastes, then Jacuzzi baths or corner baths are also an excellent choice.
Additionally, in a bathroom, it’s the little details that really matter. To really optimise the space that you have available, it’s worth installing as much lighting as possible, using a big mirror and finishing the room with chrome taps and accessories. This will allow light to reflect around the room, maximising the space you have available and creating a light, bright space.
Finally, if you can spare the expense, heated floor and heated mirrors all help to add those impressive touches.
Converting your bedroom to a sumptuous boudoir is something that may not necessarily add value to your home, but will definitely make your house more ‘homely’, giving you somewhere to retreat to in the evening.
In truth, there’s little you can do to maximise the space in a bedroom, as the bed will always be the focal point. However, by surrounding yourself with luxurious furnishings, darker tones and blackout blinds, you’ll create a very appealing room that would be attractive to any potential buyer, too.
Finally, if you’re open to the idea of remortgaging your property to renovate it and increase the amount of space available, then it’s well worth considering conservatories or extensions.
Naturally, these improvements and optimisations will be costly, but they will also add a large amount of value to your home. The same can be said for garages.
From a personal perspective, the space they add to your home can be crucial, especially if you have a family, as it can give you space to relax and unwind away from the children, or a place to entertain.
To conclude, although home renovation can be expensive – potentially leading you to remortgage – they are incredibly worthwhile; especially if you’re thinking of selling in the near future. The trick is to optimise the space that you have, and ensure you keep the theme of your home consistent. If you do this, you can’t go far wrong.
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