The Best Home Improvement Ideas for 2021
Over the past 18 months, we’ve all become extra familiar with staying at home. After staring at our four walls during lockdowns, many of us have made the decision to expand and/or improve our living spaces. In addition to adding value to your property, the best home improvement ideas make your space more liveable, functional, and beautiful.
Are you one of the thousands of Brits who are considering home improvements? You’re not alone. There’s been a massive surge of renovations across the country, with some Yorkshire builders experiencing a 20% increase in demand!
It seems like the country is gripped by renovation fever – and we love it. We’ve got plenty of great ideas for home improvements at all budget levels. So, whether you’re planning a massive overhaul of your property or just a light refresh, 2021 is the year of ‘improve, not move.’
What’s your inspiration for home improvements?
Extensions and Additions are more popular than ever
Whether you’re considering an extension into your garden, running down the side of your home, a garden room, or even a loft conversion, there’s never been a better time to extend your living space. In addition, loft conversions are often more affordable than you might think, allowing you to maximise your existing space.
The lockdown has led to a real desire to add more space to our homes. The online design platform Houzz has seen a staggering 94% increase in searches for ‘extensions.’ One of the best ways to add space (not to mention value) is with a loft conversion. You can transform your unused space into a playroom, lavish master bedroom, or a spacious guest suite, adding up to 15% to the total value of your home. You might even find some space to add an ensuite, adding even more function and value.
Bring the outdoors inside with bifold doors and fly screens for doors
Integrating your conservatory or kitchen with the garden of the best ways to liven up your living space. By bringing more of the outside light inside, you can add the illusion of more room without sacrificing garden space. One of the most popular ways to do this is by adding bi-fold doors that open up into your garden. Rather than swing open and closed, bifold doors are a series of panels that slide open along a track. They then fold up into a concertina, allowing for much more space and open air than traditional sliding glass doors.
The results can be astonishing. They breathe new life and style into any space, bringing the beauty of the garden indoors and adding the appearance and feel of much more open space. Of course, all of these extra doors do come with one major inconvenience – more flies and insects buzzing into your home.
That’s when fly screens for doors come in handy – they allow you to leave your doors wide open, day and night, without the worry of pesky bugs. They’re incredibly stylish, as well – Phantom fly screens for doors are a popular option on multi-million-pound homes around the country. They allow light and air to flow through without mosquitoes, bees, and flies getting indoors.
Create a Home Office
It’s no surprise that home offices are one of the hottest renovation requests of the past year. As many people plan to keep working from home at least part of the time, the desire for a dedicated workspace is increasing.
While it’s easy enough to transform a spare bedroom into a home office by adding a desk and a supporting chair, not everyone has the extra room to convert. That’s when adding an annex, a heated shed, or even an attic conversion become attractive options. Remember – adding a home office is essentially the same as adding an extra bedroom, and that adds to your home’s resale value.
Create a ‘Cocoon’ Bathroom
After the immense stress of 2020 and 2021, home improvement trends are focused on rest and relaxation. As a result, home spas have become some of the most searched home improvement ideas, as people want a place where they can recharge their batteries after homeschooling, added stress at work, and increased health anxiety.
While adding a few candles is an affordable and instant way to add some tranquillity to your bathroom, some people are taking it even further with a full ‘cocoon’ renovation. Instead of a purely functional space, people want a personal oasis where they can be surrounded by calm. Cocooning completely envelops you with luxury, comfort, and peace. You can add elements of a cocoon bathroom with spa robes, scented candles, or comforting products. If you want to take it further, renovate your bathroom to add a hydrotherapy bath, steam room, rainforest shower, and massaging fixtures.
Make the Most of the Sun with a Conservatory
We’re all spending more time at home, entertaining friends and family in our garden rather than indoors. A conservatory allows you to create a mix of indoor/outdoor space that floods your kitchen with light. Best of all, it can add up to 5% to the value of your home.
In the Autumn and winter, your conservatory becomes a cosy place to listen to the rain and watch the weather outside. Even when it’s cold outside, a conservatory lets you take full advantage of the shining sun throughout the shorter days. In the spring and summer, you can fling open the doors and let the breeze and warm temperatures flow indoors. Install fly screens for doors to take full advantage of the better weather without annoying bugs buzzing their way inside.
When done right, a conservatory adds extra space to your kitchen or lounge room, increasing your square footage without adding a substantial additional cost.
The Best Home Improvement Ideas for 2021
Are you considering home improvements in 2021 and 2022? Why not get in touch with our expert team team, to discover more about Phantom Screens.