Do Loft Conversions Add Value To A House?

Do Loft Conversions Add Value To A House?

Loft conversions are increasingly popular these days, with many homeowners seeing the real potential in them. There are numerous benefits to converting your loft such as: having an additional room or space to accommodate your growing family and just simply expanding the potential of your property to get the best use out of the available space.

The most popular benefit that pushes people to consider loft conversations though is its potential to add value to their house. Will it really add value though?

If you ask any professional real estate agent or tradesman if it will add value, they will probably tell you yes. This makes a lot of sense, because having an additional room in the same property is going to be valued for more on the housing market. It will make it easier to sell and increase the price tag. However, there is more that needs to be consider before you decide to go down this path.

It will only add value if its fully designed and the work is carried out professionally and to a high standard. There are other things you need to consider, such as..

Is A Loft Conversion Suitable For Your House?

Before you do anything else, stop and think. Is your house suitable for a loft conversion? There are certain types of roof that can more easily accommodate a loft conversion than others. The easiest way to check the suitability of your roof and house for a loft conversion is to arrange for some professionals to come out and inspect your home.

How Will The New Loft Space Be Used?

Although the main goal of converting your loft is to add value to your house, the best way to maximise that value is by deciding how the additional space is going to be used. Think carefully about what type of space or room would your house benefit from most – whether its an additional bedroom, bathroom, living room, or just a playroom for the kids. There is an almost endless number of ways you could use that additional space.

Will It Be Too Much Hassle To Have The Work Done?

This is probably the biggest reason why people fail to capitalise on the value a loft conversion could add to their home – they simply thought it would involve too much work and be a hassle. While it is true that there will be upheaval of some degree, if you have an excellent team of architects, builders and project managers at your disposal, there is no reason why your loft conversion should not run smoothly.

So, will a loft conversion add value to your house? Robert Draper from www.fasthousesaleslondon.co.uk says than likely it will. Particularly if you take heed of the points above and avoid diving head first into it without planning it through properly. Remember the phrase, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail and then make sure you check things twice and thrice even.

 

Guide to Small Bedroom Furniture

Guide to Small Bedroom Furniture

One of the most important parts of designing the interior of any room is the placement and arranging or furniture pieces. Getting is just right is an art form and many people will struggle their entire lives to make sure their furniture is placed just right. But, this does not mean that us as ordinary citizens cannot play around with furniture layout.

Ultimately every single person can design their own perfect space with just a little thought and a bit of creativity. This is especially true when it comes to working with small rooms such as children’s rooms, and very often you will need to throw the rule book out the window. One of the most difficult rooms to get just right is a small bedroom. The bedroom is your most private space and accurately needs to reflect your personality. At the same time your bedroom still needs to be practical and functional.

Here are our top tips for turning a tiny bedroom into a place packed to perfection.

Small bedroom furniture: Use only necessary pieces

Before you start to pick out new or smaller furniture pieces such as bedside tables, first think about the furniture you currently have at your disposal. Reusing these pieces in a functional manner can save you money. While you need to make use of every available centimetre you need to keep in mind that there are furniture pieces which you will need in order for your room to function.

Small bedroom furniture: Arrange what you have first

Rearranging bedroom furniture can completely change the layout and look of your small bedroom, Rearranging the furniture could also free up much-needed space.

Small bedroom furniture: Draw it out

Keep in mind that before you start pushing furniture around, first experiment with different arrangements on paper. This allows you to quickly eliminate some options that won’t work without potentially scratching your floor or walls while moving furniture. It is vital that you accurately measure out your larger furniture pieces such as the bed. Next, sketch out various options to see what different layouts you can pick for the room.

Small bedroom furniture: Where to place your bed

Every bedroom needs a focal point, and this should undoubtedly be your bed. For small bedrooms, the best way to make it the focal point is to place it in the centre of the room’s most visible wall. In many bedrooms this wall could be the one facing the entrance to the room. Doing this will also ensure that the room looks bigger than it actually is.

Small bedroom furniture: Go big to small

Once you have found the perfect place for your bed you will need to arrange the rest of your furniture and the best way to do this is to arrange them from biggest to smallest. Depending on what you have in your bedroom you next furniture piece would usually be your dresser followed by bedside tables and a desk.

Choosing Your builder – Things You Will Need to Consider

Choosing Your builder – Things You Will Need to Consider

There is a large majority of things that can go wrong on any building contract. Much of the things that can go wrong are a result of the builder which has been appointed. One of the key things to remember is to always ask the right questions before hiring a builder to work on your project. And the same will go for a builder wanting to hire a subcontractor to complete parts of a building project.

One thing is for sure, whether you are building a luxury extension like these featured here or a simple garden wall, you can never be too careful when choosing a builder. You should rather do all the proper checks and make sure that you have chosen someone who is reliable and trustworthy as well as someone you feel comfortable with. Not doing this can leave you with shoddy workmanship and a large bill for fixing the work.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a builder:

A great place to start looking for a good builder is the local publication in your areas such as community newspapers or even online. Another option for finding a builder is to make contact with friends or family members who recently completed building work on their property and ask for a reference for the builder. When speaking to your architect why not ask if they could recommend someone.

Once you have a selection of builders to contact your next step is to shortlist three. You can then contact those builders and ask them to quote you on the work that would need to be completed. After receiving the quotes obtain and check the potential builder’s references. Ask the builder for a few addresses and contact numbers of at least three previous projects that he has worked on.

Ask the builders if they are registered with the relevant oversight body. Another great tip is to ask the builders for their business and residential addresses and full contact details. Check that the builders have valid insurance policies in place to adequately cover the project and personal liability. Another thing to ask your builder before picking a quote is to establish where you builder gets his building materials from and check the creditworthiness of the supplier two. By doing this you will ensure that the builder you are looking at hiring as well as his suppliers are all above board.

If you builder would need to hire any subcontractors you will need to do the same check on them too. For example; if the builder would need to bring in an electrician, make sure they are registers and the same can be said for a plumber. There are a number of regulatory bodies which are available online and who would be more than willing to assist.

Be aware of items that have been deliberately excluded by the builder from his quote. You will have to install and pay for those items yourself. Check if that item is excluded from the other quotes as well so that a proper comparison can be made. Avoid lump sum quotes. Having a breakdown of the various items gives you better control and a better basis for comparison.

Visco, Wool, Memory Foam, Down and Discount Mattress Toppers

Visco, Wool, Memory Foam, Down and Discount Mattress Toppers

Rest better with an old-fashioned fluffy feather bed or space-age memory foam mattress toppers that cradle your body for a great night’s sleep.

Revamp an old mattress or add cushioning to a new mattress with a topper that adds padding, temperature control, and support to your bed. Featherbeds are the classic mattress topper, traditionally made from fowl feathers or goose down and placed in a channelled casing that keeps the stuffing evenly distributed. Newer mattress toppers are often made of memory foam, a polyurethane product that conforms to a sleeper’s shape. The foam provides support to the spine and neck and returns to its original shape after use.

Other options include natural wool mattress toppers and soy-based memory foam mattress pads.

Following is a sample of mattress toppers available from Mattress Time online store.

Visco Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Choose from twin, full, queen, king, and California king-sized memory foam toppers that feature the NASA-developed polyurethane foam that fits your body’s contours as you sleep. This topper arrives tightly packed, so lay it flat and let it air out for a few hours before its first use. Also, some reviewers on the site complain about the chemical smell of the foam for the first few weeks of use.

Natural Wool Mattress Topper

Go all natural with the Natura Wool Mattress Pad from Cabelas.com. This fleecy wool mattress topper, pictured below, naturally insulates wicks away water, and repels allergens. Attach the pad to your mattress with thick elastic corner straps. The machine washable pad comes in twin, double and king size.

Discount Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Rated a Best Buy by Consumer Reports, the Spa Sensations brand of memory foam toppers available through Walmart.com (see photo below) are inexpensive foam pads that provide support and comfort rivalling more expensive brands. Sizes range from twin to super king.

Eco-Friendly Soy-Based Mattress Topper

Obus Forme Ultimate Memory Foam Soy Mattress Toppers forgo petroleum-based memory foam for a foam made from soy extracts. The manufacturers claim no chemical odours emit from their product while also featuring the benefits of polyurethane memory foam toppers. Available in a smooth, 1.5-inch design or 2-inch, multi-zone variation that offers different levels of support to different body regions. Prices for twin, full, queen, and king mattress toppers are very reasonable.

All of the above mattress toppers, except the wool pad, must be hand washed or spot cleaned and air dried to protect loft in the featherbed and the cellular integrity of the foam bed toppers. Choose your topper based on the amount of support you desire and the materials you want next to your body for eight hours each night.

Importance Of Getting The Correct Planning Permission For Your Home Extension

Importance Of Getting The Correct Planning Permission For Your Home Extension

Obtaining the correct planning permissions before you start renovation on your property is vital, says Martin Greene from dulwichloftconversions.co.uk. Various town planning departments are there to ensure that homeowners adhere to strict regulations before they embark on property alterations. This is done to ensure not only safety on the property but also that the city’s infrastructure could handle additional renovations.

If you did not already know your property is not simply made up of your house and some empty ground. Underneath your house is an array of pipelines and sewerage systems. The first step in obtaining the correct permission for building onto your property is to, in most cases, obtain the original building plans for your property. On these plans, you will be able to see where major pipelines and electrical cables are laid.

This will ensure that you do not hit a major pipeline when you lay down additional foundations on your property.  This will also ensure that when you hire an architect to develop the plans for your property, they know where to place that new bathroom so that it lines up with the sewerage system.

But, planning permission goes much further than simply handing your plans to an architect. There are regulations set out by each government of exactly how much and where additional buildings can take place on a property. This means you are not allowed to extend your property beyond the boundary of your property.

You may also not be able to build a multistorey property in certain areas due to ground stability. When applying for additional buildings onto your property, you will be informed of the restrictions which are in place for the area in which you live. Certain governments also do not allow for buildings to be extended onto more than half of the actual property.

Here are several examples of when you may be required to get permission for your building alterations:

• If you plan to build on more than half of your property.

• If you are building towards a road.

• If you are building a second or third story onto your house.

• If your extensions require you to demolish parts of your house.

If your application for renovations is declined you need to make sure that you are aware of the exact reason for the dismissal. If your application for renovations contains just one detail which cannot be approved by your local authority it could be dismissed. In this case, it could be simple to resubmit the application after changing the obstructing details.

In other cases however the building plans could be in complete contravention of local building laws, in this case, you will have to consult with your architect to re-design your renovations. If however, you feel your plans do not contravene local laws, many town planners offer you as a homeowner a chance to appeal the original decision. It is to be noted however that appealing a decision could take a very long time.

How to Keep Rattan Furniture Looking Good

How to Keep Rattan Furniture Looking Good

When it’s well looked after, rattan furniture will continue to look good for a long time. Rattan furniture is the most popular choice for conservatories and outdoor use. Cleaning is recommended at the start of each outdoor season, to keep it looking at its best, says Marian Harlow from Garden Village UK.

Natural rattan furniture has a similar appearance to the type of furniture made from bamboo or wicker, which comes from willow or reeds. Natural rattan is obtained from a type of palm tree that grows mainly in African, Australia and Asia.

Synthetic rattan furniture is much more durable than anything made from natural rattan. The synthetic version is used to make furniture that is designed to be fully weatherproof and it will resist the affects of UV rays which come from direct sunlight.

Synthetic rattan is made from a lightweight material called polyethylene. This waterproof material is flexible enough to be woven and can be formed into any shape by being wrapped around a lightweight frame, usually made from aluminium.

Polyethylene can be colour-dyed before being used to make rattan furniture or it can be spray-painted after the furniture has been constructed.

Annual cleaning of rattan furniture keeps it looking good when placed outdoors or used in a conservatory. Leaves, soil and other types of debris that can settle on outdoor furniture should be removed by brushing. The best way is by using a hand brush with soft bristles, although it’s also possible to use a clean broom.

Washing rattan furniture outside can be done with a garden hose. After spraying it with cold water you will need to use some mild soap and a wet sponge to remove any remaining dirt or stubborn stains. After washing rattan furniture, it can safely be left to dry outdoors.

It is recommended that shower-proof cushions on rattan furniture be removed at night and kept indoors. Although they are designed to withstand an occasional shower, if they are left outdoors night and day throughout the summer, even shower-proof cushions can become damp and mildew might begin to appear.

Removable cushion covers on rattan furniture should be washed on a cool cycle after being removed from cushions and zipped closed. The covers should be left to dry naturally and not be tumble-dried.

Rattan furniture can last for years. It does not require a lot of care and attention to maintain its good looks. An annual wash and good care of the cushions is all that is needed to keep rattan furniture looking great in a garden or conservatory.