Category: interior design (2)

Given the nature of the UK property market, it is easy to see why home owners are keen to add as much value to their home as they possibly can. While there are many ways in which you can make your home look better or feel more comfortable, it can be harder to add genuine value. This is why it is best to listen to the property experts before investing time and money into home improvements.

As you would expect, different experts hold different opinions on what will provide most benefit when adding value to a home. This can seem frustrating to some but it means that homeowners have a number of options to choose from and they can choose an option that best suits their budget or the current condition or layout of their home.

An extension

There is a wide range of possible extensions to choose from, which makes it difficult to note a price for this level of work. Extensions can range from two-story improvements that practically double a house in size to adding a small single story room.


A loft conversion

Given that adding an additional bedroom to your property is said to add an additional 9-10% of value to your home, converting your loft into a bedroom is a great choice for many people. If you are currently only using your loft for storage or no purpose at all, it makes sense to convert it. You need to make sure that converting your loft doesn’t impact on any other living space in your home, but if it doesn’t, you can expect to get a good return on your investment.

Again, the variances involved with loft conversions means it is difficult to state a price you should be paying for this work. A minor loft conversion can cost around £15,000 while many people will expect to pay between £20,000 and £40,000 for a larger conversion.


An additional bathroom

Having an en-suite or additional bathroom can add a lot of utility to your home and property experts predict that an additional bathroom can add 6% to the value of your home. Depending on the size of the room or the materials being used, the cost of a new bathroom can range from £2,500 to £7,000 and beyond depending on your choice of fittings and labour.


An improved kitchen

Kitchens have been consider to be a key aspect of making a home more attractive and adding value to your property of late. There has been a greater acceptance of the fact that the kitchen is the hub of family life, making it an important part of the home. Studies suggest that the average cost of a new kitchen comes in at around £8,000 but a new kitchen can add around 6% value to your home so often this can be seen as a good investment if you were considering selling the property in the coming years. A new kitchen, bathroom or extensive will help increase the level of sale ability to your property too.


A Conservatory

While a conservatory will minimize the amount of space that you have in your garden, it provides you with an additional room. This is also a very pleasurable room which means that there is a lot of benefits to be gained from adding this style of extension. You can expect a good standard of conservatory to add around 5% to the value of your home while the cost of a conservatory can be anything between £4,000 and £10,000 if not more in some cases depending on the size, shape and design.

If you are looking to upgrade the standard of central heating, you can expect to pay around £3,500 and the expected impact on value is likely to be around 5%. This may be one of the more cost-effective ways to add value to your home but it is a decision that every property will need to make. Some of these options will impact on your day to day life more than others, which means you need to think about any impact on your family or home life while work is being carried out.

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Each decade has its own home fashion trends; some we remember with fondness, others make us laugh. But if you’re a landlord, interior design is a serious matter – it can mean the difference between a successful let and prolonged void periods.
If you’re intending to let a property, take a step back and view it as someone looking to rent might. Unlike buyers, tenants don’t have the freedom to redecorate their new home to their own taste, which is why a neutral palette, boring as it might seem, works best. To maximize your rental, you should also aim to update your décor every few years.
Here is a reminder of the retro styles which, sadly, won’t pass muster on today’s rental market.
1960s – Groovy Good Looks

As well as The Beatles, miniskirts and flower power, the Sixties brought in great social and cultural change. The décor of our homes reflected the new-found freedom of the younger generation and is instantly recognisable due to its strong colours and patterns linked to the era’s hippie culture.

Sixties interior must-haves: avocado kitchens and bathrooms, vibrant colours with deliberate clashing, eccentric lighting and faux wood panelling.

1970s – Bold and Beautiful
The Seventies were an interesting time for style and design. Thanks to a change in mortgage laws, more people than ever were able to buy their own homes, fuelling a passion for DIY and personalisation.

Seventies interior must-haves: wall-to-wall carpeting (not even the bathrooms escaped), Artex ceilings, heavily stylised print wallpapers in orange and gold hues, pine kitchen cabinets and whirlpool tubs.
1980s – Powerful Personality

The world of Eighties’ interior design is a richly complex one, from metallic accents to striking angles and curves. Reflective surfaces, achieved with materials such as mirror, chrome and glass, were used to visually enlarge a room.

Eighties interior must-haves: pastel prints and chintz textiles, laminate or vinyl flooring, mirror-fronted wardrobes, wallpaper borders, ‘swags and tails’ curtains, brass fixtures and fittings.

1990s – Less is More

With life speeding up and an increase in dual-income households, interior design became all about minimalism, where beige and white ruled. Open space, sleek lines and geometric contours mirrored the fast-paced lifestyle that began to take hold as a cultural reality. Low-maintenance anything, including hard-surface flooring, self-cleaning ovens and high-powered dishwashers, was in vogue.

Nineties interior must-haves: neutral carpets and décor in general, all the latest kitchen gadgets to include dishwashers and microwaves, shaker style kitchen units, double glazing, tiled kitchen and bathroom flooring.
Noughties – Individual Stamp

Our Noughties homes were characterised by a more individual and comfortable feel, introducing colour, thrift and green living. From feature walls to vintage boho chic and retro restyling – cool but cold minimalism was almost a thing of the past.

Noughties interior must-haves: feature walls, contemporary kitchens and bathrooms, marble and granite worktops, mod cons such as under floor heating, stainless steel fixtures and fittings.
Now – Added Extras

2016’s interior must-haves include ‘up-to-date’ kitchens and bathrooms, hi-speed wifi connection and surround sound media, real wood flooring, efficient heating and water systems.
However, installing additional bonus items, such as built-in wine fridges, coffee machines and wood burning stoves, where possible can be a way of setting your house apart from the competition.

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