Whilst location was once the highest priority for prospective homeowners, according to recent research by ratedpeople.com, space has now become the most sought-after quality when searching for a new property. The survey of 2,000 homeowners revealed large rooms topped the list of most important factors for homeowners, with one in six people saying they were ‘dissatisfied’ with the size of the rooms in their home.
This said, many people aren't in a position to move home at present due to the stagnant property market and the prohibitive cost of moving, as Jonnie Irwin, spokesperson for ratedpeople.com, explains. "Faced with a difficult housing market, homeowners should be looking at what they can be doing to improve their current home – and where they can add value – rather than moving on."
With this in mind, here’s our top three ways of effectively adding space and value to your existing property, without the expense and hassle of moving house.
- Don’t overlook the idea of changing the internal layout of your property as a cost-effective way to add extra space to your home. For example, if you have a division between your kitchen and dining room, knocking down this wall could create the illusion of a larger and brighter space with a contemporary open-plan feel.
- Alternatively, you could consider changing your existing patio doors to minmalistic sliding doors. These instantly add a more airy feel to the adjoining room thanks to the large expanses of glass and in-line opening.
- Another suggestion is the removal of any potential ‘barriers’ that can obstruct your view to the outside, which in turn, makes the interior space seem much smaller. Furniture or miscellaneous decorative items are often guilty of contributing to this, along with heavy curtains that tend to over-crowd this area. To avoid this, sleek external roller blinds prevent hindering the view whilst allowing you to control the amount of light that enters your home.
An external roller blinds installation, located in Warwickshire.
- Conservatories are an excellent addition to your home if you’re looking to add extra living space and create a feeling of ‘openness.’ Furthermore, they offer stunning views of your garden and encourage plenty of light to radiate your property, which in turn, makes the entire interior space feel considerably more spacious.
- Having said this, the surplus light can create unwanted solar heat gain, resulting in a space that's far too hot to enjoy, particularly during the height of Summer. Our external roof blinds, mounted to the top of your conservatory roof, stop up to 96% of the sun's heat before it even reaches the glass therefore eliminating overheating and allowing you to enjoy your conservatory 365 days a year.
An external roof blinds installation, fitted on a conservatory in Worcestershire.
Outdoor Living Pod:
- Although conservatories/extensions provide an excellent solution if you’re short on interior space, it’s important to ensure they won’t sacrifice the size of your garden. Irin warns, "building a large extension at the expense of your garden can actually reduce the value of your home. Outside space is always desirable for future buyers – it's important to get the balance right."
- If you don’t want your garden to be swamped by a large extension, an Outdoor Living Pod built to your exact requirements is a great way of adding value to your home whilst providing additional living space.
- Designed as either a stand-alone or lean to pergola canopy unit, our Outdoor Living Pod allows you to enjoy your outdoor space whatever the weather, providing the perfect environment for relaxing and socialising. Come and see it in action at Grand Designs Live in Birmingham where we will be exhibiting from 8-11th of October.
An Outdoor Living Pod installation, located in Bristol.