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The most functional additions you can make to your home

Most homeowners would agree that their home could do with a little bit more space. They don’t necessarily want a larger house, but wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to enlarge their home in specific places.  Thus, one of the more common considerations is a home addition, extension or conversion.

Of course, there is no denying that this can be one of the more expensive changes that you can make to your house.  On average, you can expect to pay around £1,350 and £1,950 per m2 for a single story home.  An extension to a two-story house may cost 50 percent more.

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If you are considering such a renovation, you need to pick the most functional ideas possible.  This will ensure that you get the most value for your investment.  Not to mention, it could even increase the overall value of your home.

If you are looking for some ideas on the best possible additions, you may want to consider any of the following:

An upgraded entertainment unit

There are a few different ways to update the look of the TV and sound unit in a living room. The easiest would be to purchase a brand-new entertainment unit in the style you desire. If you’d rather keep the existing one, you can still give it a fresh new look by adding a wood stain or painting it in a different colour. You can also add new hardware to give it a more modern look. If you want to keep the existing unit but need more storage space, you can install floating shelves above or beside it.

A micro-addition to a kitchen

Most experts would agree that additions to the kitchen can get pricey pretty quickly.  At the same time, many houses are equipped with cramped kitchens.  If you would like more pantry space or an island counter, you are going to require an addition.

However, what if you were to consider a micro-addition instead?  As the name suggests, this is where you only add precisely as much space to a room as you require.  So, let’s imagine that you do want a row of pantry cupboards in your kitchen.  In this scenario, you would only enlarge the room to fit these fixtures.


This is an especially good idea if you have an outdoor space such as a veranda right next to the kitchen.  Such a space could add greater structure to the micro-addition.

A garage conversion

A garage conversion is a great way to work in addition without making too much of an effort.  As a result, your remodel won’t be quite as costly either. Despite this, you should be aware that your garage is going to require a fair amount of work.

Although it may have access to electricity, this part of your home hasn’t been built to live in. Therefore, you will still need to fix it up quite a bit.  Of course, this does depend on how you are planning to use this space.  If you do want to use it as a guest room or similarly living space, then you will have to make more of an effort.  For example we are looking to add an on-suite bathroom and downstairs toilet to ours to add an additional bedroom and extra toilet to the house.  This increases the usability of the space and adds value to the property with an extra bedroom.

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On the other hand, if you plan on using this space as a home office, you may not need to make quite so many changes. With the right lighting, heating system, and ventilation, you could turn this space into a beautiful home office. 

However, if you do want to turn it into a guest room or similar area, this is quite possible as well. By creating another room, you may be adding value to your home. Just make sure that this space is equipped to be comfortable and liveable.

An enclosed veranda

If you don’t put your veranda to good use, it may seem like a waste. Well, it could actually be a blessing in disguise.  You can easily enclose your veranda so that it can seem like an extension of the house.  It is possible to turn it into a foyer complete with a gorgeous décor.

Garden makeover

Or, you can turn it into a little nook where you can enjoy your breakfast or a cup of tea.  There are a couple of benefits to an enclosed veranda.  To begin with, you can actually handle this project yourself.  This way it becomes a great deal more affordable than other additions.

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The true beauty of an enclosed veranda, though, is that it can make a small home seem larger. Even if all you are doing is extending the hallway, you are still adding some significant space to your house. The porcelain tile patio will also act as an extension to your property as it creates additional space when the weather allows.

A sunroom or conservatory

On the surface, a sunroom may not seem like such a functional addition to your home. This is because sunrooms are typically meant to be enjoyed during fine weather.  Since there is no heating or cooling system, you are unable to enjoy this room during harsher seasons.

Despite this, a sunroom can be incredibly functional.  Sunrooms are typically largely composed of glass.  This is so that you can let in more sunlight.  These days, though, glass and windows have a great deal more to offer.  They have insulating properties which can prevent the room from getting too hot or too cold.  You can add even further insulation to create an optimal temperature inside.

It’s really important to ensure your sunroom or conservatory is properly sealed to prevent water leaks, mould and damp. It’s actually possible to hire a professional mastic man in London specifically for sealing the room properly to give it a professional finish and prevent these problems from arising.

There is also the fact that sunrooms can be a multi-purpose space. For instance, you can set it up so that it is a small dining room.  It can also function as a family room or an entertainment space.  It is also possible to make it an additional living room.

As you can see, the possibilities really are endless here.  Furthermore, you can find sunroom kits that allow you to take care much of this project by yourself.  As such, you could erect such an addition for a rather reasonable cost.

It is clear that there are numerous functional additions that you can make to your home. If this is something that you were considering for your own home, you will have a better idea of the changes that you can make.  In turn, you will be happier with the finished product and be able to enjoy your addition a great deal more.

Sure, this can be a costly and a significant project to undertake.  Nevertheless, there is a good chance that such a venture will pay off handsomely.  If you do your research and play your cards right, your addition could even boost your home value.  Thus, you will be able to recoup any costs when selling your home.  Needless to say, this is a win-win situation for you.

If you are interested in a few more of my own home improvement project take a look at these:

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