When the time comes to select your next home improvement project, it is worth considering what is going to bring the most bang for your buck. After all, any project is going to represent a serious investment of both time and money.
Crucially of course, only you will know what is best for your home, and sometimes it can be blindingly obvious just which areas need to be updated.
But sometimes there can be several areas that are all screaming out for investment, and in those circumstances, choosing the right one can be a far harder task.
To help you decide on your options, we’ve put together a few suggestions of renovation projects that are, in our opinion, well worth the investment.
If space is at a minimum, or if you simply want to expand your living area, then many people will suggest an extension. However, it could be a better idea to build up rather than to build out.
For one thing, it allows the builders to make use of pre-existing structures and supply points. So with no need to lay new foundations, you save the expense of excavation and concrete pouring. Water and electric supplies can be easily connected to supply points from beneath, rather than laying new pipes and cables to outside connections.
A converted loft can really be a highly attractive feature too. The sloping roof looks great already, but adding a skylight can take it to a whole new level, and that natural light can really bring a dimension of warmth to the new space.
The conversion will also have the advantage of creating a space of equal floor area to the house footprint. That means it will probably be one of the bigger – or indeed biggest – rooms in the house. That also lends itself to multiple designs, from a new master bedroom to that chill out room – or even home cinema – that you’ve always dreamed of.
It can be the most important room in the house, so why not treat is as such? Think about it, in a busy family home, the one room that can often be the focal point of family life is the kitchen. We see our children there for breakfast before they rush off to school, we talk to our partners in the evening as we rustle up dinner after work.
There is also the notion that more so than any other room in the house, this is a truly functional room. It is filled with appliances and gadgets designed to perform the extremely important function of making food to fill our bellies! So this room really needs to work well and the space needs to be employed in harmony with the tools and appliances that fill it – or it simply won’t do its job well.
The kitchen is also a great room to upgrade because it can be easy to show off in this room. Materials like marble, tile and even granite are much cheaper than they were even a few years ago, and a good designer (coupled with a good builder of course) can really work wonders with a smaller budget.
All of that makes this an ideal room to invest in for an upgrade.
Remote Monitored CCTV
This suggestion may seem to be a bit of an odd one, but at the same time, it’s truly surprising that many people don’t see upgrading their home security as a worthwhile investment. A budget can be happily put aside to invest in upgrading rooms, appliances or electronic devices – but no money is put aside to actually protect that investment.
Seems kind of strange, right? And yet that is exactly what many homeowners do, and often only discover their mistake when it is far too late to rectify it.
Some will never invest in home security at all, whilst some will simply carry on relying on whatever system is in place when they move in – needless to say, both are terrible ideas.
Not installing anything at all is just asking for trouble, as homes without any security systems in place are more likely to be burgled. If the security system that is in place is a burglar alarm, then frankly that isn’t much better than having nothing at all!
Look at your home security in the same way you look at any of the other areas we are talking about here – as an area worthy of investment. A CCTV system is obviously helpful in providing a deterrent.
But for a real investment with true value for money, it’s hard to look past monitored CCTV. This relatively new tech marries a traditional CCTV system with proactive response from control room staff that can actively stop crimes before they unfold, by responding in real time to criminal activity.
The other projects on this list can make your home a nicer place to live in, that’s true. But monitored CCTV can make it a safer place to live in.
Finally a real personal favorite – the bathroom upgrade! There are a number of factors that mean this is a home improvement project well worth the money – but the two biggest ones are in the scale of investment compared to return, and also in the fact that a nice bathroom is simply a great addition to the home!
So, scale of investment. The bathroom is an ideal place for a home improvement project because it is a relatively small room that doesn’t actually need to contain many fixtures and fittings. That means that even a small budget can be made to go quite a long way in this room, and you can afford more luxury, high end items and materials simply because you need less of them to get the project done.
In practical terms, rather like the kitchen, this is a room that thrives on functionality. So invest wisely here and you can almost certainly build a dream bathroom that will be both practical and, more importantly, pleasant to use.
A well designed and built bathroom is also a bit of an oasis. In today’s busy world, just taking the time for a long soak in a hot bath can really help you relax, whilst a bathroom designed with efficient practical considerations is going to minimize stress and family tensions.
Like we said right at the top of this article, only you will know what home improvement project is best for you, your family and your home. Whatever you decide, we wish you the best of luck!