Ask Away...: Property Alterations and Additions to Make Your Home as Functional as Possible

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Property Alterations and Additions to Make Your Home as Functional as Possible

Home is truly where the heart is. It’s where we spend the majority of our free time. Where we kick back and relax, eat, sleep, make memories… So it’s not surprising that many of us are reluctant to leave our properties and move on to new pastures, even when we realise that our current living space is no longer sufficient. There are various problems that can arise once you’ve been living in the same place for a long time. You may have a partner move in, or your family may expand with the addition of little bundles of joy. You may get a new car, or an extra car and not have parking space on the street for it to go in. You might take up a new hobby, such as gardening, but not have the ideal conditions in your backyard to grow all of the plants or fruit and veg that you want to cultivate. The list goes on and on. But not to worry. None of these changes to your lifestyle necessarily mean you have to abandon your much-loved home and try to find another that will match up to your expectations elsewhere. But at the same time, it doesn’t mean that you have to live uncomfortably or compromise on certain large areas of your life. The secret answer to all of your problems? Home renovation and property alteration. Here are just a few different ways to alter your home, crafting it into a more functional and appropriate space.

A Loft Conversion

A loft conversion is an answer to all of your prayers if you find that you need a little more space on your property. It essentially transforms otherwise disused loft space into an entirely new bedroom on your property. Not only does this supply you with space for an extra family member to stay comfortably, but it also increases the overall value of your property too. Bonus! It’s not surprising that this is one of the most popular forms of home renovation. Just remember to ensure that you place emphasis on insulation while the room is being designed and built. Many homes have insulation between the ceiling of the top floor of the property and the base of the loft, as it doesn’t matter if the loft space is cold if it is disused. However, if someone will be living in there, it’s a good idea to remove the insulation that is already in place and fit extra insulation between the ceiling of the conversion space and the outdoors. If you currently store belongings in your loft that you don’t regularly use (such as artificial Christmas trees, decorations and other holiday miscellanea) or can’t bear to throw away (perhaps stacks of photographs, award certificates, or childhood drawings) don’t worry. You can always keep them safely tucked away in a secure storage facility.

An En-Suite

A pet peeve on many people’s lists is having to venture out of your warm bedroom to the bathroom during the night. That or rushing from the bathroom back to your bedroom wearing a towel after a bath or shower. If you find that you fall into this category, or simply want a bathroom that you don’t have to share with mucky housemates or children, you can opt for an en-suite. This provides you with your very own bathroom space that can only be accessed directly from your bedroom. This is so much handier than most people imagine and once you’re used to one, you’ll wonder how you ever coped before. 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 it’s worth the time and 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. However, you will have complete control when it comes to decoration. Make the space your own. Tiled or laminate flooring is ideal, as it is waterproof and will stand the test of time when it comes to being regularly splashed. Have large mirrors fitted. This helps to maximise the space and bounce light (natural or artificial) around the new space. Then you can add dashes of colour with your toilet seat, bath mats, mirror frames and towels that can be rolled up into or hung from towel rails. For an extra touch of luxury, try out heated towel rails.

A Garage

If you drive your own vehicle, your home should have a garage. A car will generally be one of the biggest investments you will make during your life. So why not protect it as best you can? Storing a car away in a garage reduces its exposure to the elements, makes it less prone to being vandalised, and can also reduce your insurance premium! Besides housing your car, your garage space can also serve as storage space for various other things. From toolboxes to paint cans, cleaning products and cleaning equipment: there’s potential room for everything. Especially if you install shelves inside. When it comes to the garage front, you will generally have two options. Manual opening or automatic opening. This is as far as many people think when it comes to choosing a garage. But there’s so much more that can go into it. Just take a look at There are so many different designs out there! From semidetached to entirely detached, one door to three-door, and even the option of developing a garage apartment.

A Shed

Much like the garage, a shed can be used as a storage space. Most people will use a good quality garden shed to store gardening tools and gardening equipment, such as lawnmowers, strimmers, and shears. However, like garages, sheds can hold so much more potential too! Think of all of the great authors who have used their sheds as a space to write in. A shed of the correct size can essentially perform the dual function of storage facility and private getaway. Especially if you fit a desk and chair inside. Whether you want to write, paint, or do a little arts and crafts, a shed could prove to be the perfect place to get the job done. Especially during the summer months when the weather is bright and the space will be warmer.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to renovate your home to make it more comfortable and functional for your personal wants and needs. Whatever your problem, there is generally a cost effective way to fix it. This will usually beat the stress of having to househunt.

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1 comment:

  1. I would absolutely love to add a loft to our attic space! The photo you chose looks so warm and cozy, too.

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven


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