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Home Renovations to Meet All of Your Needs

June 26, 2014

We always want our homes to be the absolute best that they can be. It’s not surprising that the average house hunt takes so long! We’re always on the search for something that suits our needs down to a tee. But at the end of the day, it’s extremely important to remember that every property has potential. When you’re buying your home, what you see isn’t necessarily what you have to settle for. Thanks to home renovations, you can make all sorts of major or minor changes to almost any given property and truly shape your new home to perfection. So, if you’re considering getting involved in home renovations, here are a few things that you should take into consideration from the start!

Getting a Valuation

Some of us carry out home renovations solely for our personal wants and needs. We want the houses that we’re living in for the foreseeable future to be our homes and consequently it’s worth the time, effort, and financial investment to make some renovations that will help the space to better suit our day to day lives and requirements. But this isn’t the case for everyone. Many of us plan to carry out renovations in order to increase the value of our property, rather than to make the property more appealing for ourselves. You will often find people extending their property, updating the kitchen, or adding a conservatory when they want to make their property more appealing on the market in order to get a better price when they sell up. If this is the case, you should consult an estate agent who will be able to value your property as it is and then predict a value should you carry out your planned work. This will help you to weigh up whether the project is worth your time and investment. If the renovation will significantly increase your property’s value, go ahead. However, if the final value only just covers the costs of the work carried out, you might want to give the work a miss.

Ensuring You Have the Rights to Make Renovations

Now, if you are renting your property, it’s highly unlikely that you are going to be making any renovations to start with. After all, the place that you’re living in is your home, but you’d be investing a whole lot of money into a build that isn’t yours to keep. Now, if you own your own property, you could easily be mistaken and believe that it is entirely your own and that you can do whatever you please with it. Now, while this may be right on the grounds that you don’t have to request permission from a landlord or other individual to redecorate or make changes to the space. However, it’s important to bear in mind that the majority of local governments have planning policies in place that determine whether you will or will not be granted permission to renovate your property in any given way. Certain small changes to a property that don’t have any effect on its structure or outer appearance won’t need permission or council approval, but it’s always best to be safe than sorry, as unpermitted changes will have to be reversed later and may even be fined. Any renovation that alters your property’s services (such as gas, electric, drainage or plumbing) will require approval as well as inspection from a relevant authority once the work has been carried out.

Choosing the Right Renovations

Now, when it comes to renovations, the world is your oyster. There are so many different processes out there that can be carried out in order to make the property you live in right now seem to be a completely different space by the end of the journey. So, with so much choice on your hands, you may feel at a loss when it comes to choosing just one or two projects to sink your teeth into. But not to worry. Read on for a comprehensive guide to some of the most popular options out there!

Carports

When it comes down to it, we all love our cars. For many of us, they are a lifeline. They get us to work, they take us to the mall, they manage to get us from home to our loved ones and all sorts of social events. They get us from A to B easily, without having to resort to public transport and its delays, awkward timetables, and inconvenient pick up and drop off locations. So we need to ensure that they are safe and secure under all circumstances. This is why so many of us opt to have a garage built. A good garage stores our car away and ensures that it’s protected from the elements and out of the way of vandals. Not only does this keep it safe, but it also reduces the cost of our insurance policies too! However, why stop there? Why not have carports built while you’re at it? A carport is a shelter for your vehicle, which will consist of a roof supported by four posts. Generally speaking, people have them placed in front of their garage. This provides extra shelter for your vehicle, should you want to leave it outside of the garage before pulling in or out.

Ground Floor Extensions

So, let’s start from the ground up. One of the most popular methods of expanding property is to add an extension to the ground floor of the property. Why? Well, it’s one of the most simple and logical of the options out there. All you need is a little extra space to the side of your current property and the willpower to carry the plans through to fruition! You can easily add one or two rooms to your property’s outer walls. So, if you have plenty of land, this could well prove to be the best option available to you – whether you could do with an extra lounge, kitchen, or dining space, or want to knock down the existing walls of your current one to make the space larger, this can be achieved in a relatively short period of time. Just ensure that you find a builder specialising in quality ground floor home extensions.

First Floor Extensions

If you’ve found that your ground floor extensions isn’t providing you with quite enough space, or you just want to take an extra step in the upward development of your house, you can have an extra floor added. This will be placed on top of your ground floor extension and lead into the rooms already occupying the first floor of your home. This extra room could be used for a whole host of things, from extra bedrooms to an extra bathroom, a study, or an extra living space.

Loft Conversions

Now, not all of us have sufficient space surrounding our properties to be able to entertain the idea of an extension. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to settle for your property as it is. There are alternative options to boost the amount of your living space. Let’s take loft conversions as a prime example. Loft conversions are becoming increasingly popular, as people are warming to the concept of saying goodbye to their loft as storage space and increasing numbers are opting to create a bedroom out of the disused attic space. This kind of work is more likely to be disruptive to the usual run of the mill, as work will be carried out inside of your home rather than simply outside. Construction workers will have to be supervised in your property and bring their tools up and down the stairs to the workspace. However, once everything is complete, you’ll realise that any interference was worth it. Consider investing in skylights to allow more natural light into your new living space!

En Suites

En-suites are a sheer luxury. Having one means that you can walk straight from your bedroom into a private bathroom where you can use the toilet, clean your teeth, wash your hands, or shower and get ready for work. It also means that you do not have to share your personal bathroom. This is great for families with adults who may want a relaxing, clean space for themselves out of the way of messy kids and mucky hands. Generally speaking, once you get used to having an en-suite, you find it difficult to imagine life without one. Now, fitting an en-suite can be a relatively complex process, as you have to have pipes laid or diverted to ensure that the space has sufficient access to the mains in order to have running hot and cold water at all times. But believe us when we say it’s worth the effort. Start planning the design. A professional plumber may have recommendations or tips when it comes to prominent fixtures, such as the toilet and a shower or bath.

As you can see, there’s a whole lot to take into account before getting started on remodelling your home. But once you’ve set your heart on something and have seen that it’s achievable, you should get started!

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