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Basement vs Loft Conversion

Transforming Existing Space for Maximum Resale Value

Many homes across the UK have an unused attic and/or basement that can be converted into living space. This kind of conversion allows you to add valuable square metres to the house’s floor plan while not invading the usable space you already have.

Let’s consider why it might be a good idea to remodel some of those unfinished spaces in your home to make the most impact on your lifestyle and improve resale value.

When it comes time to sell, ideally any renovation should have a positive impact on the value of your home. Finishing up any unused space in your home can add value to it and produce a positive return on investment.

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A drafty attic or a dark basement won’t be high selling points. A good reason to finish up more living space in your home is that buyers are paying attention to these spaces when considering purchasing your property.

Finished space above ground is always perceived as more valuable than underground space. So you must consider above-ground space first.

Getting the most of your basement

When it comes to finishing off existing space, and you have an underground space in your home you only use for storage, your basement is a natural choice. Basement space is so versatile. Whatever is missing from the main floor plan, there is potential for the basement to be the solution. 

Structural work and water tightness are key issues for any basement conversion, and it’s always good to get the best materials and builders you can afford, to ensure your basement will be a dry and healthy space.

When considering this step, also make sure the finished space is something you value yourself. The most popular renovations include an open room for games, recreation and a guest bedroom with at least a ½ bathroom. Consider a wet bar, gym, or wine cellar as well.

Also, not all basements are the same. If you had an unfinished walkout basement, the return on your investment (ROI) would be higher than finishing off a fully underground basement.

Getting the most of your loft

Those properties that incorporate a bedroom and bathroom can add up to 21% to a property’s value, according to Nationwide.

For most people, a loft simply provides a storage place, but you can take dead space in your home and transform it into usable, like an extra bedroom, a playroom for the kids, an office, or just a space you can truly call your own. You can also rent out that extra bedroom and make some extra income.

A loft conversion can be a time-saving and cost-effective option, as it’s not reliant on factors such as weather, you’re less likely to be affected by delays, it normally requires less labour, is typically less expensive, and loft conversions rarely require planning permission to carry out.

You can also incorporate insulation into the roof to make it more energy efficient and save money on your energy bills.

Download our loft conversion guide to find out more…

If you are interested in basement or loft renovations for your home contact AmbroWilks today.

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The Most Popular Types Of Home Renovations in UK

Many British homeowners consider renovations as the best way to improve their home and increase its value. Kitchens and bathrooms are clearly the two most popular renovation projects in the UK, followed by same-level extensions and loft/basement conversions.

Learn more about the most popular types of renovations.

Kitchen Conversions

Kitchens are one of the hottest renovation choices. We tend to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and often is one of the most used areas in the house, that’s why, renovating this space will make an immediate and impressive difference in your daily life.

The ideal that most homeowners aspire to is a larger, brighter kitchen diner with a breakfast bar or kitchen island.

Bathroom Conversions

Bathroom renovations are, like kitchens, the nº 1 British homeowners’ choice.

Large-double vanities and free-standing baths are on trend, as well as big walk-in showers with floor-to-ceiling glass panels for limited spaces.

Light neutral colours are also in trend and give an open and clean feeling to small bathrooms, medium-sized tiles and ambient LED lighting also help to make the space look bigger.

See our Bathroom Renovation Guide

Same-Level House Extensions

Same level extensions are typically more affordable than converting the loft or basement space. Adding a small conservatory or creating a larger kitchen are very popular home alterations in the UK and generally offer great return on investment.

Loft Conversions

Many homes across the UK have an unused attic that can be converted into living space. This kind of conversion allows you to add valuable square metres to the house’s floor plan while not invading your garden space.

Loft conversions can require structural work, as most of the attics are not built to hold the weight of a second floor. This means that loft conversions are typically more expensive than same level extensions, and you should also consider that may be necessary to fix isolation or waterproofing issues that will increase its cost. But it’s still the best option to add useable space to a house, especially in urban areas.

See our Loft Extension Guide

Key design issues to consider when converting a loft are windows and stairways. Skylight windows are more affordable, however, dormer windows create precious extra room.

Basement Conversions

Basement conversions are a great way to maximise your home’s living space. In many cases a basement space of some kind already exists and can be adapted and transformed.

Structural work and water tightness are key issues for any basement conversion, and it’s always good to get the best materials and builders you can afford, to ensure your basement will be a dry and healthy space.

Basements can be used for many purposes, storage and extra bedrooms are the most popular, as well as decadent wine cellars, gyms, playrooms or bathrooms.

Get in touch with AmbroWilks to discuss your home renovation project…

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Converting a Spare Bedroom into a Walk-in Wardrobe: Benefits vs Risks

Maybe your children finally took the decision to start their own life, and they’ve moved to their own place, maybe your family’s circumstances have changed and now your home feels empty or too big, maybe you just have a spare room you never use…  In any case, it’s the perfect chance for adding the new walk-in closet you’ve been wishing you had for so long!

But before you make big floor plan changes, here are some things you must consider first:

It could Decrease Your Home’s Resale Value

 If you reduce the size or eliminate an adjacent bedroom, this could decrease the property’s value and could narrow the pool of potential buyers. So more careful consideration of the space is needed if you are starting with a 2 or 3 bedroom home.

If you are starting with a 4 or 5 bedroom home, your options for creating a great walk-in wardrobe space are far less risky.

There’re still multiple options for reduced space

Consider adding closet shelving, built-ins, and furnishings to the spare room. With the right lighting, a mirror or two, and a countertop, it could even be an ideal space to use as a full dressing room. At resale, it could be marketed as a spacious closet and changing room, but with the understanding that it could easily be converted back to a bedroom.

If you decide to create a walk-in wardrobe out of an adjacent room, you can always look for a place in the house to create a new bedroom. Maybe there’s room on the 1st floor, or you have a loft that can be converted into a bedroom, you won’t need it for seasonal storage as all your clothes can fit in the new closet, and a loft conversion can also add up to a 21% to the value of the house.

The benefits of having a big walk-in closet

A spacious and nicely appointed walk-in wardrobe is a good selling point. If you still have a 3 or 4 bedroom home, it’s ideal for resale and very attractive to buyers.

Another benefit is that you can keep seasonal clothes in one space. It can all stay stored away in one larger, more usable space.

A new space is always a wonderfully blank canvass. The space can be organized just as you like it, and it’s a chance to get creative while you design it for your own needs.

Creating a new walk-in closet will definitely add value to the home for you as the current occupant, and it can also be a good appeal for resale value.

If you’re planning to convert a spare room into a beautiful and functional walk-in closet…

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And if you’re looking to add a new room to your home, why not considering a loft conversion?

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If your bathroom is old, outdated or deteriorated, can stop potential buyers from considering your property as a potential investment, and even if you’re not looking to sell, a bathroom re-do can offer some benefits to you and your family, and it’s also a chance to get creative and have some fun.

Here are the major benefits a bathroom conversion can offer:

Increases your home’s value

A minor bathroom remodel can add up to 21% resale value to your home. A minor remodel encompasses replacing the bath, tiling, floor, toilet, sink, vanity, and fixtures, then perhaps finishing off the project with a fresh coat of paint on the walls.

Saves you money

Replacing leaky taps, adding ventilation, and installing an on-demand water heater and a water-efficient toilet will save you big bucks on utility costs. 

Prevent and take away stress

Performing your daily tasks in an unattractive and even dangerous space can be a silent source of stress. Imagine starting your day in a beautiful non-slippery bath and drying off afterwards with heated towels. You can also choose colours and textures that will help you relax, taking you to your peaceful oasis.

Poorly designed messy bathrooms also give you a feeling of chaos, increasing your level of stress. When renovating, you can add smarter storage solutions to increase capacity and functionality.

A chance to help the planet

There are lots of new products that are energy-efficient, so you can prevent water waste, and various low-tox, biodegradable, and/or recyclable options to help our environment.

Whether you are looking to sell the home or not, you will enjoy the new fixtures and add to your property’s worth.

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Kitchen Renovation Enfield

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Are you looking for Kitchen Renovation Enfield ?  If so then AmbroWilks can quote for a kitchen refurbishment project you may be thinking of including removing the old kitchen, providing new kitchen units, new appliances, tiling, electrics, flooring, or even extending the property back to provide a much larger kitchen / diner space.

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Set up and based in North London we began trading in 2014 providing excellent quality refurbishment and renovation projects for clients.

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Kitchen Renovation Enfield

Bathroom Renovations or Kitchen Renovation Enfield first ?

When it comes to home improvement, the two major rooms to consider first are either the kitchen or the bathroom.

And although a bathroom can be a place of luxury to retreat to after a long hard dar, the kitchen is likely where you’ll spend more time.

Especially if you have a kitchen extension to make the space more usable.

Further Home Improvement Secrets You May Not Know About

If you think you can’t conquer home improvement projects in your home, think again. All it takes is a yearning for more information and the ability to find it and use it right. If you want to get a great start in learning new home improvement skills, you can definitely use these tips.

For someone working on a limited budget, there are ways to give your living space a brand new look. It’s simply a case of working with what you have. Move your existing furniture around, maybe using different pieces in different rooms. Replace any photos with updated ones. Spend a little money on a new shade for an existing lamp. It’s the small touches that make the difference.

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Keep your partially used can of drywall compound from drying out between uses! All you have to do scrape and wipe the insides of the can down to the surface of the remaining drywall mud. Next, pour just enough water onto the mud to cover its surface. Before you use it again just pour off the water and it will be as good as new!

How much of a down payment?

When it comes to home improvement, be aware that you should never pay more than 35% of the project cost up front as a down payment. This is to ensure that you do not lose your money if the contractor backs out. Always pay by some method of payment that can be tracked such as check, instead of cash. Finally, only pay for the complete job when the job is actually completed.

When doing home improvement projects around kitchens with gas stoves, gas fire places, or gas water heaters, it is very important to turn off the gas supply line. This will prevent any chances of injury or death caused by gas leaks, which can lead to suffocation or creating deadly gas explosions.

If you have tiles in your bathroom, make sure to use bath rugs in front of your toilet and bathtub. Adding bath rugs not only adds a touch of personality to your bathroom, but also keeps you from slipping and falling; try rugs with different patterns and designs for a look that is uniquely your own.

Only clean your furniture with furniture cleaner. Meanwhile it is tempting to just use a rag cloth and run over your furniture with water, it in fact ends up damaging your surfaces. Use specialty cleaners such as Pledge and spray liberally over your surfaces. It not only protects your finishes, but also repels dust.

Add some new lighting to a room that you feel is kind of dreary. It is inexpensive and easy to make a room look bright and fresh. With a simple trip to the store to find the right light for your space and plugging it into the wall, you will gain a new feel for the space.

Kitchen Renovation Enfield

If you are running out of counter space in your kitchen, consider an over-the-range microwave. These microwaves stand in place of the range hood and have additional features and a variety of prices. They are great for making all types of foods. This can change the way you cook forever.

If you want to make changes to your home, start with your kitchen. Get started by cleaning the walls off. This accomplishes two things at once. The grease and dirt come off along with a lot of the paint. Paint your kitchen an attractive shade of tan and marvel at how the character of the room has changed as a result.

Before starting a home improvement project that involves a bathroom or the kitchen, make sure that the water has been turned off. Sometimes homeowners forget about doing this and cause more problems for themselves.

Designing your Kitchen Unit Layout

Make up a cabinet plan before placing the order. Be sure to consider where your appliances are going to go and where the hook ups and plumbing run. Also, remember where the electrical outlets are located around the kitchen. These things are very important when it comes time to do the install.

In order to properly renovate your kitchen when taking on a home improvement project, it is important that you shut off the water. If any accidents happen such as accidentally hitting a pipe, the mistake of flooding the whole kitchen can be prevented. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Talk to neighbors and look for signs of new construction before moving into a new neighborhood. You don’t want to end up living across from the newest McMansion. Find out the chances of the neighborhood changing and what the trends are before buying. The gorgeous hill view from the kitchen might become a new subdivision before you know it.

How to add value to your property via your Kitchen Renovation Enfield

When thinking about value in doing a home improvement, kitchens and baths are always a good bet. Home improvements are always a safe bet, but if you have a few thousand to spend, spend it on your kitchen or bathrooms because they are the areas that new home buyers are generally most interested in.

A breakfast bar makes a charming and functional addition to your home. If your kitchen and den already run together, you can easily add one that will fit nicely into the open space that you enjoy. You can add a quaint breakfast bar with counter and chairs for around five hundred dollars.

Scraping paint off of kitchen cabinets may not seem like a viable task for home improvement, but if you’re really strapped for cash and can’t wait a bit longer, then this is one of the least expensive ways to update your house. It may be time consuming stripping layers of paint but the finished product will more than make it worth it.

Home improvement projects can be fun and even uplifting.

After all, you are giving something great to your home, putting in what you want to enjoy for some time to come. If you are ready to get down to business and learn some great skills, these home improvement tips can provide great advice.

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