Adding Value To The Home

Published on 4th February 2017
#AskTheExpert

Apropos’ Paul Schofield is back – and this week he’s providing you with all the dos and do nots of adding value to your  property with a bespoke glass and aluminium design.

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“What are the best ways to add value to your home?”

“High quality, bespoke extensions are a great way of adding real value to properties at a time when you want to get the most out of your property,” says Paul. “Beautiful bespoke conservatories and orangeries can give properties a real ‘wow’ factor, and provide much sought after extra living space.

“In particular, extensions that are used for a specific purpose are more valuable than those that don’t. For instance, it is the general belief that if a homeowner is to spend money on just one room in their home, then they should invest in their kitchen. A bespoke kitchen extension will always add value to a property. These extensions can incorporate stylish and practical dining and living space, which can act as an inspiring hub for family life.

“A bespoke conservatory can add between 10-15 per cent to the value of a property, whilst a new kitchen alone can add in the region of five per cent. The current average cost of a detached house is £323,932, meaning an eleven per cent increase from an investment of £25,000 in a bespoke conservatory would return an additional £35,632 to the property value.”

“What so-called ‘improvements’ will actually detract from the value or appeal of your home and possibly deter buyers?”

Paul says, “If homeowners want to add real value to their home, then they would do best to steer clear of cheap renovations. Such is the state of the housing market at present that prospective buyers are looking for quality in any purchase. Similarly, those that are looking to stay in their current property will only be short-changing themselves in the long-term with a shoddy home improvement project that they will have to put with on a daily basis, and future prospective buyers will see through when they decide to sell.

“For instance, a bespoke, aluminium conservatory will cost more than an ‘off the shelf’ uPVC version, but it will be of a far higher quality, will be designed to integrate fully with a property rather than looking like an ugly add-on, and will reap a better return in future years.”

“If you had £5,000/£25,000/£50,000/£100,000 what would be the best ways to add value to your property with each of these budgets?”

  • £5,000-£10,000 – For £5,000-£10,000 homeowners can add a set of good quality, bespoke folding sliding doors or a skylight to their homes. Folding sliding doors and rooflights are excellent for increasing light into a home and creating a bright and airy ambience,” says Paul. “Folding sliding doors provide excellent views of gardens whilst skylights bring light to dark corners. Both bring a touch of style to any property.”
  • £25,000 – A beautiful, bespoke, glass and aluminium extension can be added to a home for £25,000. “Bespoke extensions are a great way of adding value to a property,” says Paul. “The beauty of a bespoke extension is that they fit the exact needs of the homeowner, and complement the property better than cheap ‘off the shelf’ white uPVC conservatories. They provide a space that is wholly unique, can be designed to make the most of external ‘dead’ space, and add a ‘wow’ factor far in excess of their cost.”
  • £50,000 – “A homeowner would be getting into Grand Designs territory with an outlay of £50,000,” says Paul. “This level of investment could be used to create amazing additional living space in the form of a large bespoke conservatory, orangery or kitchen extension that would make them the envy of their friends and neighbours.”
  • £100,000 – Paul says, “Apropos has undertaken many domestic projects costing in the region of £100,000. With these projects the main motivating factor has been the aspirations of the client rather than the price. At this level, clients do not necessarily set out with a specific budget in mind, but do have a clear idea of what they require. In most instances, they already know what they want, and it is simply a case of costing the project for them. Therefore, it may be that a project on this scale may cost more or less than £100,000. Some of the bespoke projects we have undertaken at this level include: two-storey, glass and aluminium link conservatories; bespoke skylights for majestic pool houses; free-standing conservatories; and, whole house bespoke glazing for large properties that would include folding sliding doors, rooflights, floor-to-ceiling windows, and glazed inserts all to the highest standards.”

“If homeowners are thinking about major works, what planning regulations do they need to be aware of? Is doing major work – extending up, down, sideways – becoming easier, planning-wise or does it depend on the day, area and planner’s mood?”

“Ordinarily, for a high quality, bespoke extension, a homeowner will need planning permission and building regulations approval, unless the proposed extension is acceptable under ‘permitted development’,” says Paul.

“Planning can be a minefield, but many local authorities are very good at providing advice and guidance, and will give definitive answers relating to proposals. It is certainly not in their interests to refuse an application on the whim of an individual planning officer, as the consequences of losing an appeal would be extremely costly.

“Unless there are fundamental issues with an extension that have not been dealt with by the design team, then most applications should be approved. The Government’s planning portal provides a wealth of information and can be found at: www.planningportal.gov.uk.”

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