One of the greatest events in most people’s lives is getting on or moving up the housing ladder. Buying a first home can be an extremely exciting time; finding a property that fits your needs and budget before putting in the winning offer can be a source of great joy. Over the years, you may then seek to move to a larger or more luxurious property as your financial circumstances improve and ideally, your current home rises in value. Whether you intend to move up the housing ladder or stay at your current home, it is common to want to undertake some meaningful home improvements and renovations during your ownership. This article describes two unique home improvement ideas that may be suitable for a range of different properties. Each also has the potential to increase the value of your home, which can allow you to afford a larger or more expensive property if you seek to move house in the future.
1. Create an outdoor dining area
In the warmer summer months, it can be truly pleasurable to enjoy outdoor dining. Eating a home-cooked meal in your garden can elevate the dining experience and can also help to provide a pleasant, natural ambiance to dinner parties that you throw for friends and family members. Creating an outdoor dining area is quite simple to achieve and can help to improve the overall appeal and value of your property. Start by contacting a firm that specializes in deck repair and installation. Such companies will be able to work with you to design a suitable decked area that suits your needs and the size of the outdoor space. Decide on the materials that will be used (treated wood is a popular option as this is weather-resistant and can still look good after many years of use) and where it will be located. Add in an all-weather dining set that will be able to cope with occasional downpours and your outdoor dining area will be complete. If you want to enjoy all-year-round al fresco dining, you may also consider purchasing outdoor patio heaters and adding a retractable cover to function as a roof. A high-quality outdoor dining area can add as much as 10% to the overall value of your home, as well as improving your garden space.
2. Convert a small spare room to a walk-in wardrobe
Many homes have an underused spare room. Over time, this can become a “dumping ground” for various household items that are not in regular use and multiple boxes of assorted contents. It can be far better to transform this space into a modern walk-in wardrobe, especially if you are a fashion lover who owns a lot of clothing. Walk-in wardrobes can also free up space in other rooms of the house, allowing you to create a more pleasant and less cluttered environment. In addition, such spaces have become increasingly popular in recent years, allowing them to potentially increase the value of your property. Ideally, you will want to design the wardrobe so that it follows consistent styling with other key rooms in the home. Use durable and high-quality fixtures and fittings to achieve a final product that is both stylish and long-lasting.