Tag: home improvements

Design and Inspiration

Ways to improve your homes exterior appearance  

The exterior of your home is like the cover of a book, it’s the first thing people notice and it sets the expectation for what’s inside. By renovating the outside of your property, it is an easy and inexpensive way to look nicer and increase the value of the home. Here is a list of ways to improve your kerb appeal.  

Take care of your grass – 

This is one of the easiest ways to keep your garden looking fresh. You can regularly take care of your garden by mowing the grass, raking the leaves and pulling the weeds out. To prevent your garden from going brown, keep it well watered. If you live in a dry climate but still love the look of vibrant green grass, you can consider artificial grass.   

Add some flowers –  

This can be a very impactful way to boost the appearance of your home. You can use plants and flowers to frame and highlight key visual points, such as windows and entryways. Even just one flower arrangement can significantly add to your home’s appearance.  

Power washing –  

Power washing is such a satisfying job to do, when it comes to getting the dirt off of your house, I’m sure you get excited. Power washes are amazing because you can use them on anything. Such as, your house exterior, paths, driveways, and garages.  

Updating your front door –  

Whether you decide to add a new front door or refurbish your old door, this is an easy way of improving the look of your house. Each person has their own style but if you live on a road where the houses match, you should try and match your door with your neighbours.  

Add a porch –  

Adding a porch to your home can create wow factor and give character to your home. It is also practical because it provides extra storage space inside. Many people whose front door opens into a living room often go for a porch to separate the two areas.  

Invest in some outdoor furniture –  

Outdoor furniture is a great way to make your garden feel homely and comfortable. You should keep this furniture in good condition because it will always be on display. Try and buy some that won’t rust in different types of weather.  

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Design and insperation

Great ways to remodel your basement

Basements tend to have a bad reputation, due to movies and stories. However, if there are built finished, they actually offer a load of extra living space for many purposes and activities. So, if you are lucky enough to live in a house that has a basement, here are a few great ways to use it.  

Adding a reading corner/ nook –  

If you’re a family that loves to read and lose yourself in a book, then creating a designated area in your home would be perfect. The space under the stairs has great potential for a cosy reading nook. By transforming the once dark, dusty cupboard, you can create a comfortable hideaway perfect for relaxing. And if you do decide to place this area under the stairs you will still have the whole basement for other purposes.  

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Basement home cinema –  

Putting a cinema in the basement would work perfectly because of the lack of natural light. It is also the perfect space if you have children, watching movies as a family can create a great bonding and as they get older it would be a fun environment to spend time with friends in.  

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Adding a bar to the basement –  

If entertaining is your thing or if you just like to party, adding a bar to your basement is a game-changer. Having a designated area where people can come over and enjoy themselves is great, especially if you don’t want guests all over the house.  

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Rooms for guests –  

If you have a large family or love to have people over, having a space for the guests to sleep is a must and the basement is the perfect area. Adding another room will also raise the value of the property if you decide you want to sell. If the area is small adding barn doors are a great choice because they take up minimal space and provide architectural interest.

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Basement living room –  

Making a living room in the basement is one of the simpler options you could go for. Some interior design tips when it comes to styling a basement are to use light flooring and a modern chandelier because it keeps the space from feeling too dark.  

Basement Family Room Before and After

Laundry room –  

If you have a small kitchen, including a utility in your basement might help you with space. By creating the room brand new you could make it into the space of your dreams.  

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Extensions, Garage Conversion

How much does a garage extension cost in 2022?

Building a garage extension is a great way to add extra space to your home. By adding an extension, you could maximise storage space, or make room for an extra car. Garages are an excellent way to keep your homes tidy and clutter-free because you can put as much storage as you like in them. 

If you have decided that your home needs additional space, you should read on and see the average price for a garage extension UK in 2022.  

Why have material prices been affected?  

Firstly, the prices for an extension will be a lot higher than a couple of years ago because prices of materials have risen. The lockdowns and Brexit have caused the prices of materials to fluctuate.  

Due to shortages, there is a range of materials that prices have increased, for example:  

  • Insulation  
  • Timber 
  • Roof tiles 
  • Cement  
  • Plywood 

How much does a single storey garage extension cost? 

The cost of garage extension varies depending on the type and size of the garage you choose.  

The average cost of a single-storey 16 m2 garage can be anywhere between £2,000 – £20,000. 

The cheapest type of extension would be a wooden or a concrete pre-fabricated garage.  

What is a pre-fabricated garage?  

This is a garage that is manufactured off-site and transported to the location where it would be used.. When it gets to your property, it usually takes 1 – 3 days to put together.  

Pre-fab garages are often used because they are the cheapest. Re-fab concrete garages cost between £3,000 – £7,000 and wooden one’s cost between £2,000 – £6,000. Although they are the cheapest option which is a positive to many people, they have less security and they last less time. 

How much do brick extensions cost?  

 Brick garages are the most common type of garage in the UK. However, they are also the most expensive design. They are of much higher quality and more secure than the pre-fabricated buildings.  

A brick garage in 2022 can averagely cost between £13,500 – £20,000. And usually takes 2 – 4 weeks to complete, however, it could take longer if there are any delays.  

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