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How to Upgrade Your Period Property

How to Upgrade Your Period Property

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We all dream of a period property. Living somewhere with a sense of history, gorgeous original features, and high, airy ceilings is many people’s ideal home situation. But period properties can be difficult to upgrade. You want to make the most out of your home – as with any other big investment – while at the same time ensuring that you maintain and look after the features that made you fall in love with it in the first place. If you’re looking for some ways to make your period property more efficient and practical for you and your family’s lifestyle then read on.

1.       Windows

You lose 20% of your home’s heating through poor-quality glass which is badly insulated. But the windows of a period property are one of its most enticing features, so how do you keep the glorious aesthetic of your home and at the same time improve your energy efficiency? Try looking for Replacement Windows that are in keeping with the look of your home and, at the same time, can provide you with eco-friendly and durable windows that are exactly designed to meet your specifications. Work with experts in window-fitting and you won’t regret upgrading your windows for both the look and feel of your home.

2.       Electricity

There are some clear signs that it might be time toreplace your home’s electrical wiring. In all likelihood, it was built in a time before electricity was commonplace, which means that the wiring will have been installed over time and so might not be of the best quality. Not only is bad or faulty wiring frustrating, but it can also be dangerous and cause fires or shocks. Contact an electrician is you think you have an old-fashioned fuse box – you can tell if it has a wooden back. Cast iron switches are also a clear indicator that it’s time for an upgrade. Not only will this enhance the safety of your electrics, but a modern fuse box will also up the value of your home.

3.       Decide on your aesthetic

There arelots of optionswhen adding on to a period home. You might find that there just isn’t as much space as you’d like, or the shape of the rooms doesn’t quite fit with your lifestyle. If that’s the case, then it’s worth considering an extension. But how? An obvious option is to go up, take advantage of high roofing and expand into the loft. You can gain two or three additional rooms by simply building upwards, and you’re less likely to run into planning regulation difficulties.

Another possibility is to extend onto the back of the property. When you’re buying, find out how much surrounding land you own and so you’re aware of how far you can build out, adding onto the back or side of your property. If you’re meeting with an architect, decide how you want your property to look. Although it can be tempting to try and make extensions fit in with the property, remember they’ll never look exactly the same so you might decide instead to make a feature of the new.

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Worthy Upgrades Every Homeowner Should Consider

Worthy Upgrades Every Homeowner Should Consider

One of the best things about owning your own property is that any money you invest into it, you’re likely to get back plus more if you ever sell. That means not only do you get to enjoy any upgrades you make, but you make your home more valuable too. There are some projects in the home which are always worth doing- here are a few of them you could consider.

New Windows and Doors

The windows and door are such an important feature on any home. Not only for practical and security purposes but from an aesthetic point of view as well. They’re one of the main features you’ll see when you look at your home from the street. If your current windows are draughty, leaky or the double glazing has failed, consider window replacement throughout the property. Regarding your door, if it’s still in good condition it may be able to be salvaged. Wooden doors can be sanded and repainted, along with some new house numbers and a knocker you can bring it up to scratch. PVC models or those which are generally just worse for wear will need replacing once they no longer look their best.

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Solar Panels

Solar panels help the environment because they provide energy without burning fossil fuels. And another plus side they help you to save money on your fuel bills too. Since buyers love eco- friendly features, solar panels also make your house more valuable. While there’s an upfront cost, many government schemes and grants can help with the cost so see what is available to you. Even at full price they generally pay for themselves within a few years anyway due to giving you cheaper bills.

Decking

You spend the time and money making your home interiors beautiful, don’t let your property down with neglected gardens. A tidy garden with established plants looks great and appeals to everyone. Decking is one upgrade in the garden that’s highly advisable. It can add a dramatic amount of value to the property and isn’t too expensive to have installed. A decked area gives you a place to put your patio furniture, looks smart and allows you to get the most out of your garden whether it’s large or small.

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Home Security

One of the most practical and worthwhile upgrades you can make is by adding home security. A good quality CCTV system and a professionally fitted burglar alarm will help to deter thieves and is something homebuyers love, thus increasing your home’s value. The doors and windows mentioned earlier also contribute to better security too, newer models are far harder to kick in or pry open.

So put your money where it really matters, upgrade different areas of your home and reap the benefits both now and in the future too.

What do you think are some of the most beneficial upgrades you can make as a homeowner? Have you made any of these changes in your property?

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Luxury Living: High End Home Improvements

Luxury Living: High End Home Improvements

Have you purchased a property that’s in need of some work, or just want to modernize your current home? We all want to live in the best property we can, and there are plenty of upgrades and renovations you can do to achieve a really high-end finish. If you have the cash to splash, here are just a few of the ways you can add a touch of luxury to your home.

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Structure and Layout

Renovating isn’t the most glamorous work, and living on a building site can be stressful. However, it means you’re able to completely strip back your property and start from scratch, so there are endless opportunities. You don’t just have to ‘make do’ and work around what’s already there, and instead, you can completely make it your own. You can carefully choose each element, ensure that the layout is perfect and check that everything from the floor to the ceiling is of the highest spec. The doors and woodwork will be perfect, the walls will be smooth, and everything will look exactly as you want it. Be sure to do plenty of planning here, you will want to consider everything from how thick any internal wall are to where your plug sockets will be placed. Working with an architect or a renovation company can be useful here if you’ve never done it before. Renovating can add some serious value to your property and allows it to be fully customized to your life and what you want.

Add New Flooring

The flooring you choose will have an enormous impact on how the room looks. You want something that’s going to last well, as well as go with any décor changes over the years/

There are a broad range of luxury flooring options you could consider if you want to add a high-end finish to your home. Granite, marble and natural stone all make great hard wearing options for a downstairs space while looking fabulous. Wood is an easy choice, hardwood will be the most expensive although engineered wood can also be a good option in some cases. You can always warm up the feel by adding underfloor heating (but check that it’s compatible with the floor covering you have chosen) and plenty of thick rugs.  For bedrooms and cozier spaces a soft, thick carpet will feel fantastic underfoot. Wool is the most luxurious choice. It is the only natural fiber used in carpet making, and has the benefit of a beautifully soft and expensive feel.

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Choose The Right Light Fittings

Lighting makes all the difference in properties. It’s not something to be overlooked or left as an afterthought. If your planning is done correctly, you will have chosen your light fittings early on. Especially as if you are having any rewiring done, as you don’t want this to be done after plastering or painting has been completed. Your lighting will not only be practical but is also an important design feature in the home. Decide on the theme you’re going for. Want a glamorous feel? You could have a custom chandelier made. Modern industrial? Cool exposed bulbs and other chic fittings work well with this theme. You could even go for spotlights set into the ceiling. Decide on what another lighting you want to add to the home as well. It could be under cupboard lighting in the kitchen or lights integrated into fitted furniture in bedrooms. You could even have lights added to your pantry and any other cupboards in the home, so there’s no digging around in the dark at night! Another important lighting element to consider for your home is outdoor lighting. Not only will they look attractive and make your home look complete on the outside, but they can also deter burglars too. You could hire an electrician to make sure everything is fitted safely and correctly. No matter how good you are at DIY, don’t touch with gas or electrics unless you’re qualified!

Upgrade Doors and Windows

High-quality windows are important in any luxury home. If you go for something like triple glazing, it will make your home more energy efficient and of course look nice too. In some cases you might be able to have small windows made bigger which will make the room feel brighter. Your front door is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s one of the first things people will see when they come to your home, and it can change the entire look of the outside of the house. Since the front door is the first thing anyone will see when they’re coming to your home, it’s not a feature to overlook. A beautiful door is an expensive purchase, but will most definitely add a touch of class and luxury to your home. And again, modern doors and locks are more secure against intruders so not only does it look great but is practical too. Finish the look with good quality house numbers, hanging baskets either side and a welcoming doormat.

Invest in Fixtures and Fittings

Your fixtures and fittings might seem small things compared to other areas in the home, but they can really help to tie everything together. The trick is to choose a metal and then keep this consistent throughout. Whether it’s copper, brushed steel, gunmetal or something else- make your decision and stick with it. From there you can choose door handles, drawer pulls, plug sockets, light switches and fittings, taps and curtain rails all in this material. It makes everything look cohesive and well thought out, and is a surefire way to make your home look more luxurious. Since nice fixtures can be pricey, it’s tempting to want to do this bit by bit, but you’re actually much better off buying everything at once. That way nothing gets discontinued or goes out of stock, and you’re not stuck with a project you can’t finish.

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Don’t Forget The Garden and Outside Space

Finally, a beautiful home deserves a beautiful garden. There are plenty of luxurious features you could add to really bring the space to life. From a decked seating area to an outside kitchen to a beautiful pergola. You could even have a summer house or garden room installed. A swimming pool or even a hot tub is another fantastic feature to consider- they’re the perfect way to relax after a long day! These can be used all through the winter not just in the warmer months, so they definitely allow you to get your money’s worth from them.

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