When it comes to difficult years, 2020 has been one of the toughest. The coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic has had a whole host of outcomes, from poor health to poor finances. But believe it or not, home improvements have boosted in popularity during this time. When you think about it, many of us have been spending more time than ever in our homes and lockdown periods have given us time to start seeing areas we’d like to improve. If you have the funds available to carry out some renovation work right now, that’s great news! Here are a few ideas that might give you a little inspiration and help you to decide exactly what work you’d like to be carried out.
Apply for Planning Permission
Before you set your heart on any particular home improvements, it’s essential that you look into whether you require planning permission to carry out your desired changes. Put simply, planning permission is a form of permission that your local council can give you, which will allow you to carry out the changes you want to your home. This is required to ensure that nobody carries out changes that are too outlandish and that could disrupt or decrease the value of neighbouring properties. Generally speaking, planning permission is only required for significant changes, but it’s always worth checking for any change. If you make a change that requires planning permission without getting the permission, you may have to reverse the changes, which could prove extremely costly and wasteful.
As the old saying goes, the kitchen is the heart of the home, so if you’re planning on upgrading yours, you could find that it’s a pretty good investment that you get a whole lot of happiness from. Kitchen renovations can take all sorts of forms and can vary significantly in size and expense. You could go for complete kitchen remodeling, or you could simply have new worktops fitted, an island fitted, storage solutions added, or various alternative options. When remodeling your kitchen, just make sure to consider how everything will look together. You need your worktops, cabinets and other features to complement one another.
En suites are a hugely popular renovation to have carried out for good reason. They’re highly practical. If you currently share the main bathroom with other people, you’ll realize just how much time you spend waiting around for other people to finish showering or carrying out other bathroom based activities. Having an en suite added to your bedroom provides you with your own private space.
These, of course, are just a few suggestions to get the ball rolling. The world is your oyster when it comes to renovations, so if you feel there’s an aspect of your home that’s not working for you, or that you don’t particularly like, chances are, there will be a renovation that will significantly improve it for you!