What are the best home improvements to make?
Convert your garage
Converting your garage into a living space is an easy way to expand the square footage of your home and save money on the other option of relocating to a larger dwelling. The first step in making this happen would be checking that you have enough parking space outside first, and making the transition would not cause you too many problems with your car being safe. Most garage conversions come under the radar of the permitted development concept, so planning permission may not be needed. But always check first, as sometimes there is a covenant or restriction set in place stopping you converting. Also always check with your local authorities and don't forget that building regulations still apply. There are always regulations to follow. It’s important that the conversion is structurally sound so your local council has approved building inspectors who will come by several times during construction to make sure key areas comply with building codes such as drainage systems and roofing materials.
Extend your kitchen
A side return is a narrow strip of land that runs adjacent to the kitchen in terraced and semi-detached houses. Creating this space can be quite advantageous because it means you have more room for your kitchen, overall layout has been improved, not necessarily just within the house but also with how people live their lives around these homes as well. A single-storey side-return kitchen type home extension will usually be permitted if you meet certain limits and conditions. For example, it must not exceed 4m in height or half the width of your original property.
Add a Conservatory or Sunroom
Adding a sunroom to your house can be an excellent way of enjoying the natural light. It also creates extra space for guests when they visit and is popular with those who are trying to save money on heating bills in this colder season. These structures are likely to come under the permitted developments, but you may need planning permission before you start any work, so it's worth checking that out first with your local planning department offices for guidance and procedures. When it comes to building a conservatory, the glass is key. There are different types of glasses you can choose from when constructing one such as solar control and self cleaning windows. Again, think about what will suit your lifestyle best with which type of home materials like aluminium frames or timber frames that would work for you too. As mentioned, the addition of a conservatory to your house is considered permitted development as long as you meet the limits and conditions. For example, if you want to remove any of the doors or walls that link your home with this extension, then it’s likely an application will be needed for consideration by building regulations officials. You must also prove that your conservatory is energy efficient just like everything else in the rest of your house.
Converting a house into flats
Converting a house into flats can be the best way to maximise rental income and future profits. Splitting a property into separate units, or 'flats' is popular in some areas around Nottingham where demand for these properties often outweighs supply. But before you choose this route it's important that there are enough people on the market looking for smaller homes because if not, then your conversion will likely have been a waste of money and effort. Always research and do your homework first, it will pay dividends in the end.
Add value with approved planning permission
When it comes to selling your home, everyone is after two things: a good price and a quick turnaround. Don't let the process of adding planning permission stress you out; it's not just an additional step in your sale--it could be easily one of the best investments you make when looking for buyers! You can reap benefits from this investment such as getting better offers on house prices or people willing to buy quicker than they would have with no permissions at all. Adding planning permission might just be one of those little secrets that will help turn around what seems like never-ending renovations into something more manageable and profitable.
Does planning permission add value?
A lot of people think about building their own house as being just another expense- which is true! But what they don't realise is that adding plans will most likely raise the value of their desired location: this may not always happen though depending on things such as whether there are any tight regulations limiting construction or other difficulties, or such as…
House prices in affluent Nottingham locations could see a rise of around 10%, while other peoples homes in other parts of the UK might only get an extra boost of a few thousand with planning consent attached to their property. But I assure you I have never seen a negative effect by adding some kind of planning permission, there is always something to gain by this!
Basement conversions, do they add value?
When it comes to deciding whether to convert your cellar into living space, you need a cost-benefit analysis. If the square foot price of that area is more than what you can sell off for at market value in order to recoup expenses, then this option may not be viable financially; on the other hand if values are high enough and addable square footage low enough relative those levels there's potential here. An estate agent should be able track down these numbers quickly so contact them first before making
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