While it has been lovely to spend time with the family, especially with the fantastic sunshine we have experienced this summer, the lockdown has highlighted a few issues with our homes. For some, it’s the lack of space for the family to enjoy each other’s company without living out of each other’s pocket, and for others, it’s poor quality windows and doors letting in a cool draught, which could be troubling for the winter months ahead. No matter the issue, there are many renovation ideas that can completely transform your home, bringing you much-needed space and a new lease of life to the home. So, if you have an issue and you’re not quite sure how to resolve it, hopefully our top renovation ideas will give you some inspiration.
Transform Your Home With These Renovation Ideas
Renovating your home comes with an abundance of benefits, from personalisation of your living space to increasing the value of your home. With thousands of home owners now looking to move onto a new property due to the dismissal of stamp duty, it makes it more important than ever to renovate your home to make it stand out from the crowd. Whether you are doing it for your own enjoyment or are looking for ways to make your home more appealing to potential buyers, why not consider some of these renovation ideas:
- Home Extensions
- Loft Conversions
- Create A Driveway
- Improve Your Garden
- Replace Windows & Doors
Although home extensions are among one of the more expensive options for renovating your home, it can provide you with much-needed space on both the lower and upper level of your property. You can choose from single or double-storey extensions, all depending on how much space you are looking for and how much budget you have to spend. Unlike other home renovations such as conservatories, extensions offer additional space without distorting or transforming the outside appearance of the home.
When installing an extension, you can fully customise the design, ensuring that every aspect caters to your needs. You can choose to have a small or large extension and use it for multiple room ideas. For example, you can choose to have a dining room, playroom or extend your kitchen. You can find a host of ideas and additional advice about house extensions over on Homebuilding & Renovating. If you are considering a home extension or would like to know more about the design process, then please feel free to speak with our builders in Milton Keynes are the surrounding areas.
Much like home extensions, conservatories can offer you additional space for rooms such as living areas or dining rooms. Depending on the type of conservatory that you opt for, it can allow an extensive amount of light into the home, particularly if you incorporate an open plan living style. It is important to make sure that you have a good quality conservatory installed onto your home, as it will need to be well insulated and soundproof for optimal comfort. For example, on your windows and glass roofing, we would always advise that you invest in double glazing, as while it may be slightly more expensive, it comes with exceptional benefits.
When designing your conservatory, you can choose between various styles and colours, making it exceptionally easy for you to find a style that suits your property and personal preferences. Some of the conservatory types include the following:
- Edwardian – The Edwardian style conservatory has become one of the most popular styles among homeowners. It offers a delicate and elegant design while maximising on natural light. This style of conservatory has a peaked, and sloped roof made up from glass panels.
- Victorian – Similar to the Edwardian conservatory, the Victorian-style contains glass panels that peak on the top of the conservatory. It consists of three to five facet bays and comes in various finishes.
- Gable – The Gable conservatory is a modernised take on the Edwardian and Victorian, offering a peaked roof but with a more sophisticated and sharp looking structure. The conservatory is of square-like design, providing your with a boxed layout.
- Lean-To – A contemporary style of conservatory that offers a sloped roof to look more like an extension than a conservatory. This has become extremely popular in recent years and allows you to maximise on glass panels, doors and windows.
With a wide selection of conservatory types to choose from, it can be hard to distinguish which one will best suit your home. If you are looking for further advice on the best solution for you, then we would highly recommend taking a look at Crown Windows handy article, you can also find room inspirations on Ideal Home.
For homeowners that are looking for an additional master bedroom but have little land to work with, then a loft conversion is your best option. This allows you to add space onto your home without having to sacrifice your garden. Loft conversions not only increase space and value onto your property, but they also have the potential to add more than just one room onto your home. You can choose to have a loft conversion with a master bedroom and ensuite or create two large bedrooms. The size and style of your conversion will depend on your property type. For example, for those with a large loft (usually a high roof), the only work that will need to be completed is insulation, plastering, installing a staircase and then any other features you wish to add. However, those with less room will find that more work will be required to achieve your home addition.
Again, like a conservatory, there are many different ways in which you are able to design and install your loft conversion. The three main loft conversion types include the following:
- Dormer – A dormer conversion will alter the appearance of your property by extending the roof on one side. While not all homeowners want to distort the appearance of their property, it can add valuable space that you may not be able to achieve with other conversion types.
- Hip To Gable – Unlike a dormer that extends a roof, the hip to gable creates a new wall on one side of the property to open up the room. This will create a half sloped and a half flat roof.
- VELUX – A VELUX conversion is most common on houses that already have enough height in their loft and simply adds stunning VELUX windows onto the roof to allow in natural light and ventilation. You can also install this conversion type by extending the entire house up and installing a new roof.
With more and more cars on the road, a driveway is becoming an important feature on homes; it not only allows you to have your own parking space, but it also increases security for your vehicles. However, the type of driveway that you create can have an impact on how your home looks and feels. You want to create a welcoming home that epitomises your style, and that can easily be achieved through your driveway design. You can choose between stones or tiled driveways depending on whether you are opting for a traditional or modern look to your home.
Here are just a few driveway materials and their benefits:
|Concrete||Durable, easy to maintain|
|Brick||Stands the test of time, minimalist yet striking|
|Gravel||Cheap, easy to install|
|Stone||Elegant, makes a home stand out|
You can also make your driveway look welcoming and bright by incorporating lights and plants. You can find a host of driveway lighting on Online Lighting and RHS Gardening has a range of great ideas to add some colour to the front of your home. If you would like to renovate your driveway and discuss some ideas, then please feel free to contact our team about our high quality and professional driveways in Milton Keynes.
Many homeowners will purchase a property based on the exterior with the intention of renovating the interior. For this reason, particularly if you are putting your home on the market, updating and upgrading your garden can have a significant impact on how others view your property. There are an abundance of ways in which you can transform your garden, whether that be through a new patio, garden fence or adding a pop of colour with flowers. One of the more popular trends at the moment is to have sections in the garden, such as stunning patio to host your BBQs, a small decking at the back of the garden for the sunbeds and a flower bed to bring in some colour. You can find a host of back garden design ideas on Good Housekeeping, including several small budget solutions! If you would like a hand in renovating your garden, then please feel free to speak with the team about our range of patios and garden fencing in Milton Keynes.
Windows and doors can completely change the look and feel of a property, turning an outdated and unkempt looking home into a modern and eye-catching property. There are now a host of design, finishes and colours that you can choose from when replacing your windows, making it easier to find a design that suits you, or perfectly match your existing windows. When it comes to the design of your windows, you are able to choose from the following:
- Tilt & Turn – Multi-functioning through the ability to push forward and backwards or fully open through the side hinges on the frame.
- Sliding Sash – The simplicity of traditional windows with advanced security locking systems, the sliding sash allows you to open the window from either the top or bottom and slide up or down.
- Casement – As one of the most popular window designs, casement windows offers style and functionality all in one. Casement windows open like a door, allowing you to fully open the window.
- Lead – A lead window is ideal for a traditional home looking for a more modern approach to their architectural design. Lead windows can be installed with hatches or stainless glass designs.
To match your new stunning windows, you are also able to choose from a wide selection of door types. The type of door that you opt for will depend on your budget and the aesthetics of your home. Some of these door styles include the following:
- French – French doors provide you with a transparent appearance for your home, using glass panels to your advantage and allowing in as much natural light as possible. You can choose to have plain glass or integrate a more intricate design with hatches.
- Patio – A patio door offers the same qualities as a French door, but slides from right to left to minimise the frame of the window and maximise on the glass panels.
- Bi-Folding – If you like the patio style but would benefit more from a door that fully opens to allow you access to the full passageway, then bi-folding doors can be pushed right to the frame, maximising on natural light and ventilation.
When choosing your windows and doors, you can opt for uPVC, timber or aluminium, all of which boast exceptional qualities and benefits, such as durability, easy maintenance and much more. You are also able to choose from an extensive array of colour options, from subtle creams and modern greys to vibrant reds.
Renovating Your Home
There are an abundance of ways you can improve the functionality of your home, whether you have grand ideas or a small budget to work with. Other ideas include those such as kitchen extensions or bathroom renovations, both of which can be completed on a fairly low budget by installing IKEA designs, for example. Renovating your property, whether it’s a big change or a small repair, can have a significant difference on the appearance of your property, so is well worth the investment for future-proofing your home and adding value.