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Adding value to my house

I own a 3 bed semi in Harpden and am thinking about the best way to add value to the house. What are my options for an extension? At the moment, the house has 3 receptions, a galley kitchen, garage, 2 double bedrooms, a single bedroom, family bathroom and large loft. Many thanks :-)

Asked on Dec 5 2010, Home Improvement in Harpenden | Report content

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  • If you have a large loft you could do a loft conversion, subject to local planning consent. That will add value, especially if you can add an extra bedroom with en-suite. You can add as much as 15-20% on to the value of your home if you do it well. If you are handy, you could DIY it and save a lot of money. A side or rear extension are possibilities, it depends on the layout and space of your plot. If you have a small kitchen, look to extend that if possible, or knock through to create a larger open living space. If you create a four bed house, a small kitchen can be limiting. A conservatory is the quick, cheap and easy way to add extra living space, just make sure it is heated or it will be a summer room and little use in winter. Under floor heating is worth considering if you choose to extend by way of conservatory.

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    Answered on Dec 5 2010, Report content
  • I would consider going into the loft first to then make 3 Double Bedrooms and if the loft is as large as you say it is then maybe you could add an En suite Bathroom or shower room. This should be more straight forward than doing an extension, it sounds to me if you have 3 Reception rooms there is already enough space on the ground floor area.

    Answered on Dec 6 2010, Report content
  • If you add any more bedrooms be sure to enlarge the kitchen. You could use space from the 3rd reception room and add a conservatory if you then need extra living space. A loft conversion is cheaper than extending on and in this climate you don't want to spend too much if you are to sell in the near future. House prices may even drop so ticking every box to make your property as desirable as possible in the most cost effective way is best. lol lol .. that's what I have done.

    Answered on Dec 6 2010, Report content
  • The above answers are fantastic, when extending or making additional accommodation always take into account the size of the garden as you don't want to end up with a property which many will deem too big for the plot. Good decoration, nice quality kitchens and bathrooms always attract premium prices.

    Answered on Dec 9 2010, Report content

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