More and more homeowners are choosing to stay put and renovate their existing homes, as opposed to moving on to another property. Making home refurbishments can be a simple and effective way to add value to your property and uplift your existing living space.
Knowing which home improvements to invest in isn’t always an easy decision, and as your property is likely the single biggest investment you will make, it is not a decision to be taken lightly. To help with your renovation inspiration, here are seven top home improvement trends for 2019:
A New Bathroom
Your bathroom is a room that the majority of your guests will see and is also the place where you prepare for the day ahead or relax with a bath in the evening. It plays a big role in your home and remodelling your bathroom can add value to your property.
If you want to revamp your bathroom and keep costs down, then choose to keep your existing bathroom layout if it works for you, this way you won’t have the added expense of moving pipes.
Think about your motivation for improving your bathroom in order to choose the best options for you. If you are remodelling simply to add value to your home, then opt for neutral, flexible and simple options that any future buyer could work with. If you have no plans to sell and are looking to improve your bathroom for you and your family, then you have the freedom to be a bit more creative.
A Loft Conversion
A loft conversion is a really cost-effective way to increase your living space and depending on your property you might have a lot of choice on what you can do with the new room. If you have a large loft with plenty of headroom, then you can convert the space into almost anything you please.
A popular option is to add an extra bedroom to your home which can increase the value of the property by a fair amount if done properly. If space and budget allow then it is also worthwhile considering adding an en-suite bathroom to an attic bedroom.
A Garden Makeover
Having a tidy, well-designed garden is a simple way to not only improve your outdoor space but also add value to your property. Creating a garden that is an additional space in your home for entertaining and relaxing, as opposed to just a large expanse of grass can add real appeal to a property.
Think about renewing your fences if they are dated, and adding decking or a patio to create a nice space for barbecues and enjoying the sunshine.
A New Kitchen
Your kitchen is the heart of your home, and for most families, it is the busiest room of the house. Remodelling your kitchen can add a huge amount of value to your home, and generally improve the look and feel of your entire home. If your space allows, then creating an open plan kitchen and dining area is a popular choice for many in recent years.
The kitchen has become more than just a room for preparing meals, but it is where you socialise, entertain guests, eat, drink and relax, and your kitchen space should reflect this.
When redesigning your kitchen, your priority should be to create an efficient and attractive space that offers easy and quick access between the fridge, cooker and sink. You should also consider your kitchen storage, and if your space is limited then add in clever storage solutions to maximise it as best as possible.
A Home Office
More and more people are enjoying flexible working and are working from home more than ever. Whether you run your own business or work from home regularly, adding a home office to your property can be a real benefit. If you have the space available, then creating a home office is a fairly simple renovation, and many people choose to convert spare bedrooms into office spaces.
If you don’t have the space already, then adding more space to your home with a conservatory, loft conversion, or extension is a great way to add more value to your home. Another popular option for home offices is to create a garden office by utilising any spare outdoor space and building a cabin.
Adding more square footage to your home is almost guaranteed to add value to the property. You can choose a single-storey extension which often doesn’t require planning permission and can be used to add additional downstairs space such as for a new kitchen, dining room or office. You could also opt for a double extension and increase upstairs space and add additional bedrooms. No matter how you choose to use your extension space, it is likely to increase the value of the property as you will be adding extra space, just be careful of not reduce your garden space too much.
Building a conservatory has been a popular way to add space and style to a home for many years, and the trend is set to continue. A conservatory is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of adding a new room to your home. They are modern, stylish and flexible enough to be used for almost anything you need.
If you are considering adding a conservatory to your home, then think carefully about the positioning of it, as you want to maximise the amount of sunlight it receives, and also ensure there is a nice view from inside.