Is There More Value In Your Home?
to create more space in your home
|There are many ways to increase the value of your
home, such better utilizing existing spaces and adding new space. (Credit for the
This is proving to be one of the most important questions a homeowner can ask.
With property values soaring ever higher, space is more of a premium than ever before. It is the single most
important aspect of selling a house, and it is a constant source of
renovation enquiry. On top of that every family wants to maximise the space available to them. There are playrooms
to consider. There are studies, craft rooms and home offices. A kitchen can be made into a stunning centre of
family life. There are entertainment suites and games rooms. We all want more space; so how can you make it
Working with the existing
framework of the house
Space could be all around us. It might already exist in smaller downstairs rooms
that could be opened up. This could extend the amount of floorspace available to you. Large hallways could be made
more economical and the space absorbed into a living area for example.
|Remodeling your existing kitchen will usually
yield more space and add
more value to your home. (Credit for the picture:
A separate small kitchen, typical in an older property, can be joined to the
dining room and opened up. Kitchen remodeling is at the
heart of adding value and the wow factor to any home. Making your kitchen space bigger by extending or opening up a
joining room is definitely a worthwhile consideration.
Adding more space in
Understairs areas could be opened up and usefully used as a study alcove. A
downstairs cloakroom could be another useful and valuable addition.
A classic way of opening up a house could extend into the roof. Do you, for
example have an attic area that could make an extra room? If you can stand in the centre of the roof space, this
could well be a possibility. You’ll be amazed to see how much light and space velux windows set into the roof can
give you. Probably the best thing you could do is to talk to a designer or contractor about how you can open up
space. The basement is another exciting area that can be usefully considered. You might need to have it lined,
sealed and ventilated but in terms of the floor space you could gain, that will will not be a big
|Your house attic is often underused
space, just waiting to be remodelled and
made more functional. (Credit for the picture:
A conservatory or orangery can offer you all the benefits of an extension without
some of the big costs and planning requirements. There may well be local laws and restrictions so it will be
worthwhile checking. There is very little difference these days between some conservatories and house
An extension has the benefit of being fully integrated into the house.
extension can take you out and in terms of the same footprint you
could be adding a bedroom with an ensuite above. You will be getting twice the amount of floorspace for a similar
amount of disruption. It will also be more economical as you’ll have the contractors already on site completing
You might lose a small amount of garden but that is nothing in comparison to your
gain in terms of real estate value and
your investment. Nobody ever wished they had more garden and less house. At least nobody with a family
The fact is there is space, and with a little investigation you can find it. Many
homeowners today can find the equity within their existing property to build and add further value. But as you will
be enjoying the space and making the most of it, the investment side is just a very comforting