As winter says its goodbye and the bluebells begin to bloom, many homeowners turn to home improvements, and with so many options, one needs to prioritise. If there is anything in need of repair, such as a few roofing tiles missing or perhaps a worn driveway, then these should be attended to first. Aside from that, improvements would usually mean a more comfortable living environment, and here are a few ideas to give you some inspiration.
A Terraced Area
Global warming means hotter summers and milder winters, and the British climate is already ideal for summer days in the garden, so if you haven’t already installed patio doors and a terrace, this should be top of the list. If, for example, you were looking for aluminium bifold doors in the UK, there are online suppliers with a range of stunning design in both sliding and opening patio doors. To complete the look, think about a retractable awning, and with the right garden lighting, you can create the ideal alfresco dining area, and all at a reasonable cost. The added value on the property makes this a sound investment, especially when you factor in the comfort and tranquillity of relaxing in the shade of your garden.
An Outdoor Hot Tub
The latest generation of whirlpool spas are really something, and you can have a unit set into your decking or sunk into the corner of your terrace, for that perfect place to relax in soothing hot water and sample your favourite cocktail. There are companies that specialise in the supply and installation of domestic spas, and an online search should point you in the right direction.
If you are eco-friendly and would like to reduce your carbon footprint, consider installing solar panels. There are systems that provide the home owner with hot water, and also you can transform the sun’s rays into your own electricity, and any power left over can be sold to the national grid. This is a big ticket item, but at present day costs, it would only take 2-3 years to recoup your initial investment, and after that, your power is always free. There are government grants to promote eco-friendly home improvements, and you might be able to get a significant portion of the cost in the way of a grant.
If the exterior of your home is painted, or just a concrete finish, textured coating provides a waterproof covering that will not only look good, it will protect your home for many years. With a choice of colours and finishes, you can really transform the character of your property, and by choosing a reputable company, the work will be of the highest standards, and most companies will offer at least a 10 year warranty on the coating.
Home improvements come in many shapes and sizes, and with careful selection, you can improve the quality of life, while also adding considerable value to your prime investment.