7 Home Improvements to Consider this Spring
Even though we haven’t seen the last of winter yet but now is the time to start planning those home improvement projects ready for when the warmer weather of spring finally arrives. But what improvements are projected to be on trend spring 2019?
#1 Super-energy-efficient windows
In fact, anything to do with improving the energy efficiency of a home is on the table as being on trend now and well into the future. Whilst there is some debate as to whether triple-glazed windows are any more efficient than double glazed, one thing is for sure – if your double glazed windows are older than 20 years of age, they are not operating at peak performance.
- Replace older double glazed windows and doors with the latest design
- Don’t forget those single glazed windows, such as under the stairs too
#2 Extension – kitchen/diner
An open plan kitchen diner is a must for any home but connecting it with your garden by bi-folding doors is a sure way of making more of all the space you have. Adding a single storey extension adds valuable space but plan it now so that tradespeople can make the most of longer daylight hours to complete it.
- If adding a single storey extension, consider maximising natural light with a huge roof window.
#3 TLC for the driveway
First impressions count which is why painting your front door one of the colours of the rainbow what an on-trend thing to do at the close of last year. However, what is often neglected in the driveway. Don’t put it off any longer!
- A green driveway is one that is ‘porous’, allowing the natural soaking of rainwater into the water table beneath ground. Ask the S&D Projects landscaping team for more advice.
#4 TLC for wooden floors
If your home is blessed with real wooden floors, you will understand just how wonderful they are for keeping clean. As robust as wood is, it does need some care and attention from time to time. With the warmth of spring, sand down and varnish wooden floors. A dusty job it may be but throw open the windows to ventilate your home.
- If you are considering installing real wooden floors, spring is the time to do so as it gives the wood chance to ‘settle’ before the cold of winter arrives.
#5 Landscaping – paths and patios
The garden is an underutilised space at many homes and no wonder with a soggy, muddy lawn in winter. A patio gives a flat, all-year-round usable surface and paths ways allow you to access the garden, fantastic for everyone in the family.
- Patios don’t have to be connected to the house – a stand-alone patio in a sunny corner works just as well.
- If concrete paths are not to your taste, consider ‘green’ alternatives such as gravel or even resin paths.
#6 Update the conservatory
A great place to lounge and relax in the summer, your conservatory may need some care and attention after winter has passed. As well as checking seals on windows and giving the exterior a wash down, why not consider adding an insulated, tiled roof for use all year round?
- Consider giving the interior of the conservatory an update too with the latest on-trend conservatory styling tips.
#7 Look up – the roof
And finally, it is essential for keeping your home dry and damp-free, as well as giving structure to the walls of your home and yet, we neglect the roof. If you do nothing else, look up and examine the overall appearance of the roof and if you see something amiss, call in the experts.