If you have an unused basement, transforming it into an extra living space can boost your property’s value by up to 30% – as long as the cost per square foot doesn't exceed the price per square foot.
An extra living room, an office or playroom for the kids can be achieved with minimal hassle. However, a new kitchen or bathroom area will require additional plumbing and electrics, so this is a factor to consider. Get the professionals in to assess your space and discuss important elements, such as waterproofing your basement.
One work is complete, create a cosy, den-like feel and decorate your new space with soft, comfy furnishings. Add underfloor heating
to make the room extra inviting and toasty, whatever the time of year.
Convert your garage
From home offices to home gyms, the way we live has been transformed, and many homeowners have realised how much they need an extra room. The garage is the ideal place for a quick conversion and high on the list of how to add value to your home, with the potential to add up to 15%.
A major benefit of a garage conversion is keeping much of the project work out of the main house, so it shouldn’t cause too much disruption. However, you may need to get planning permission
, depending on the intended use of the space and how big a change you’re proposing.
Choose stylish tile flooring
and fresh, bright walls for a spacious, homely look in your new garage conversion. For an outdoorsy feel, decorate a new office with plants and flowers to create an oasis of calm conducive to concentration.
Add an extra bedroom
Utilising your loft space by adding an extra bedroom is a popular project when homeowners consider how to add value to a home on a budget. There are different types of loft conversion, depending on your budget and style of home:
Roof light conversion – the most cost-effective and causes minimal disruption, however this won’t give you as much space as the other types.
Dormer conversion – this involves an extension so will be more costly but allows for more space.
Hip-to-gable conversion – this offers a natural-looking, spacious extension but is only suitable for semi-detached or detached properties.
Mansard conversion – the most expensive option, these create a new roof shape but offer the maximum amount of extra space.
Loft conversions can add up to 15% to the value of a property, especially those with en-suites. If you’re installing a bathroom, basins and pedestals
are ideal for a small space, as are walk-in showers and wall-hung toilets to create the feeling of a larger area.