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Tips on trending home, garage and garden makeovers
It’s estimated that between March and November 2020, the nation set aside £125bn of extra savings as a result of lower spending during lockdown. So it’s no wonder that we’re all more willing to splash the cash on garden improvements and home extension ideas.
These improvements not only create more space but also add value to your property. Maybe that’s the reason why the number of planning applications submitted in the West Midlands area has soared in recent months. Here are three of the most popular trends:
Say goodbye to cramped kitchens
Those old-style, cramped kitchens with just enough room for one person are on their way out. Instead, today’s house extension plans turn kitchens into sociable spaces where the family can cook together, eat together and entertain.
These flexible spaces are usually achieved quite easily with minor internal changes to the interior structures of a house. For instance, removing one or two inner walls allows for an open-plan layout without having to make major reconstructions. You could further enhance the interior design with Velux windows (that let in more natural light from above) and bifold doors that open to the garden.
Steal space from the garage
Garage extension ideas have been steadily gaining in popularity in recent years. A garage was once considered essential for parking your car. However, these days you are more likely to find an integrated garage being used as a dumping ground for little-used household items.
As homeowners realise that it’s possible to convert their garage to a living space, more and more are turning their garage conversion ideas into reality. According to Which?, the West Midlands saw a 20.9% increase in the number of planning applications for garage conversions during 2020.
Optimise your garden area
Garden rooms – particularly those that can double as a home office – are among the most popular house extension ideas in the UK today. According to recent research, investing in a garden office can add a fantastic £12,000 to the value of your home.
Another fashionable feature is the outdoor entertainment area. This is a dedicated garden space with lighting, a fire pit or barbecue, a garden bar and maybe even a projector screen, allowing you to make the most of hot summer nights.
As leading estate agents for the West Midlands area, we have been watching these new household trends with interest. If you are looking to move, we can offer you a range of homes, including fantastic properties recently renovated to include these on trend features.
Alternatively, we can show you properties with development potential, where a few improvements could add significant value. Simply get in touch with us at DB Roberts, and we’ll do the rest.