House prices are rising at a rate to put most of us off moving. Instead of a big move – improve! Here are the best home renovation tips.
Planning applications on residential properties have risen by around a quarter in the past five years, and the first three months of 2017 saw over 120,000 applications and a rise of three per cent.
The renovation trend has gained in popularity across Britain, with London seeing the most renovation projects. As space is at a premium within the city, the volume of applications for renovating basements shot up by 183 per cent.
Single-storey extensions are up 49 per cent and loft conversions are also up 43 per cent.
The idea of a renovation project can seem daunting, but often the planning, demolition and construction can leave stunning results.
Statement lighting and surfaces
To add plenty of character and your own unique style, consider adding statement lighting and surfaces to your home. Industrial-inspired fashionable choices such as white porcelain with concrete walls, copper tiles and perimeter lighting make a big impact in living areas.
If you have a generous ceiling, consider commissioning a mezzanine level to be built, making the most of the space.
Dig and extend
You could easily double the size of your home by extending into the basement level, or extending the first and ground floors and converting your loft.
You can still make dramatic transformations to a listed property, but it’s important to bear in mind that the entire property is listed, not merely the façade.
Ensure you consult with planners before any work begins and conduct thorough research on what will be granted, and what is a definite no. Planners will be more lenient on changes to less important areas in the home, like the basement.
Two-phase refurbishments allow you to prioritise the essentials that your home needs, without becoming overwhelmed by the work.
For example, you could begin with a new roof to fix your damp and leak problems, decorate the first floor and replace windows with double glazing. For Cheltenham Double Glazing, consult with a company such as www.firmfix.co.uk/
When this is completed, you then begin the second phase of your renovation, such as a basement extension.