If you can’t buy, renovate! Giving your home a makeover can mean more than just the furnishings and a lick of paint. In order to make the most of the space or increase the value of your property, it might be worth thinking about doing some renovating. We renovate our homes and gardens to make the most out of the space and to be able to enjoy them for years to come. We also self-consciously update our homes to improve the market value of the property when it comes to selling down the line. Spending that little bit of extra money and time on things that are built to last will save you more money in the long run.
Starting with the exterior of your home is a great way to increase curb appeal and can make a huge difference to the overall look of your home. Cleaning or re-painting your windows and doors will help to bring them back to life again and make your home more welcoming. Spray Vision offer a service like no other where they can spray paint your UPVC windows and doors any colour you like and leave you with a factory finish and a 10-year guarantee. They are also able to re-paint the exterior walls of your home which helps uplift the house and keeps it looking modern and inviting.
Tired or broken doors and windows can make the whole house feel neglected, they also let in more drafts causing your energy bills to increase. For all types of door and window repairs, The Door Doctor offers a mobile repair service based in Plymouth to help your windows look brand new again.
Garages can feel very cluttered very quickly, even the garage door itself can take up that much-needed space. Garolla Garage Doors have a unique solution with their electric roller garage doors. Fully fitted, insulated and with 24 colours available to choose from, these garage doors are the space-saving items of the future.
A well-installed driveway will add to the value of your property while making it look polished and clean. J Davis Paving, Plymouth offer affordable driveway installations and repairs with a wide variety of patterns, colours and materials.
If you can’t decide on which room to renovate, we would always recommend doing the kitchen to make the biggest impact on the overall look of the house and on your lifestyle. We spend a large amount of time in the kitchen, it’s where we cook, entertain, socialise and gather for meals so it’s important to get it right. However, if you are renovating to sell, the kitchen may not be the place to spend your money as everybody’s tastes are different and the new owners may end up ripping it out anyway.
KF Kitchens strive to create your perfect dream kitchen with excellent customer service and flawless results. By using established brands such as Nolte, Simply Burbidge and Kitchen Makers, they can offer both modern and minimalist kitchens as well as classic and timeless.
If you are happy with the general layout and style of your kitchen but feel it needs a change of colour and a bit of updating, Spray Vision can also spray your kitchen cabinets too giving new life to old kitchens. The results after Spray Vision has transformed your kitchen look flawless and have a factory finish every time.
Open-plan living has been popular for many years and there are no signs of this slowing down. Allowing yourself room within your home to relax and enjoy whatever you like doing is what a home is all about but having the space to do this is often challenging. Knocking down a few walls will transform your living space whilst increasing the asking price when it comes to selling. Taking down the kitchen wall into the living room or dining area is a popular option to start with.
Kitchens were never supposed to be sociable spaces however, as time has moved on, we are entertaining more, cooking more food at home and using the kitchen space for more than just preparing food. We don’t recommend knocking down any walls before seeking structural advice first!
Flooring obviously runs through your whole home and although it’s not technically a statement piece, it can make a huge impact when it has been refreshed. Even just giving it a good old clean will help to bring light into the room and make the floors feel new again. Herringbone and seagrass flooring are very popular at the moment as we are picking out neutral colours and natural materials. It also provides a base if you then wanted to add a splash of colour to the room. Larry Speare, based in Plymouth, has a huge showroom and warehouse with a large choice of affordable carpets and vinyl as well as rugs, beds, mattresses.
Extensions and conservatories are a costly decision however, they can increase the asking price of your property by 7%! Adding more natural light into your home instantly creates space and opens the room up. Extensions with Velux windows and bi-folding doors will help to flood the rest of the room in daylight whilst making you feel even closer to the outside world.
When it comes to selling or renting your property, Tech Surveys can aid you in making sure you have an up-to-date EPC, as well as Legionella risk assessment. They can also supply you with floor plans available in full colour, black and white or 3D from as little as £30 for a standard 2D B&W plan of a 1–4-bedroom house.
It’s all systems go in the garden in March. Whether you’re a novice gardener or have your own veg patch complete with a greenhouse, anyone can have a go, no matter the size of your garden or balcony. Knowing what seeds you have to sow indoors, outdoors or plant straight into the soil is the first thing to keep in mind.
Seeds of carrots, parsnips, lettuces, radishes, turnips, broad beans, beetroot, peas, salad leaves, leeks and spinach can now be sown outdoors. Make sure they are sheltered with some protection or kept in a mini portable greenhouse. They will each have instructions on the back of the packet in terms of sunlight and feeding.
For a splash of colour, sweet peas can now be sown outdoors after being sown indoors from autumn. And hardy annuals can be sown outdoors for a gorgeous display of colour when summer arrives.
A brand new fence or a lick of paint can freshen up your whole garden, but it’s important to choose the right colour to enlarge your garden. In a small garden, a dark colour fence will enclose your garden making it feel small yet cosy, whereas a lighter-coloured fence will help to bring more light into the corners of your garden but will require more maintenance to keep it looking clean.
All businesses mentioned in this editorial are local to Plymouth and trusted with years of experience. We hope that this has given you the confidence to transform your own house into a space that you’re proud to call home.