Making Every Space Count

Decoration alone is not sufficient to meet your sale price expectations or rental yield? Then you’re probably into more extensive refurbishment and renovation. So what should you tackle first to get the greatest return on your investment and make it a tempting proposition for potential owners or tenants?

If you are living in a Conservation Area, Listed Building, National Park and the Broads, an area of Outstanding Beauty or a World Heritage site then you will need to apply for Planning Permission.

There are various options of loft conversion available and the style you choose will be influenced by the type of house you live in or the area. The various styles for a conversion are roof light, gable, wrap around, and mansard and rear dormer conversion. Whatever your needs or wants, a loft conversion Romford is one of the most cost effective and efficient ways to add to your living space without actually moving.

You definitely want good input from your plumber and electrician by now. Anything which has to run under or behind something solid has to be carefully considered. Floors and wall frames can start appearing. Don’t forget to make use of any space on top of the steel for storage and think carefully about the size and shape of those doors. Remember the height above the door may be clear in the middle of the room but compromised as the door opens.

Contact your local authority building control and your local planning department to get a full understanding of the rules and regulations involved. Make sure your builder and designer explain any changes to your existing property with regards to fire precautions. Be aware that you will need to be flexible, for example the positioning of windows. DO NOT rush your decisions and plan carefully as this is an important investment and do not expect the job to be over in a week or two. No matter how good your builder is, this is a major job and will inevitably be disruptive for a while.

Adding an en suite bathroom or shower room typically adds up to five per cent to the value of your home; assuming you don’t sacrifice a valuable bedroom for it. The best bet is to build one into a large bedroom.

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As an alternative, you may find that it’s possible to add more space. Consider a loft conversion, a new conservatory, or converting your garage. Once you start to think more carefully about the options that are available to you, it soon becomes clear that there is scope for real improvements to be made.

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