Adding space and value to your home
PUBLISHED: 11:03 13 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:03 13 July 2015
Stephen White is head of Savills' Chelmsford-based residential team. He has more than 30 years of experience in selling country homes and town properties across Essex. He lives in Shenfield and is passionate about Essex, his home county. Stephen provides constructive advice to sellers and buyers, while adding value to clients' property assets through thoughtful, honest and creative ideas.
Adding space and adding value
Should you decide to extend your home in the short term, before making that ultimate long-term move, here are some tops tips to help you add space to your current property. Increasing your living accommodation is the main goal when extending a property. Obviously you’ll want to ensure you get some financial return from your investment, but this is not always immediate. Overflowing toy cupboards, the need for an en suite bathroom or an additional bedroom are probably more pressing.
A simple loft conversion is one of the easiest ways to add space to a house without too much disruption to the rest of the property. Adding another bedroom can alleviate pressure elsewhere in the home and it’s likely that you will get your money back in the long term. Re-designing a kitchen is another good way to add space to a home and can often be very simple to achieve. Also, the addition of the en suite to a master bedroom was a watershed and marked a shift in attitude to what we now expect as the norm of today.
It is always good to remember that designing an extension to a property is not only about adding space for the current owners but the external appearance needs to be considered too. If you are contemplating alterations or extensions it is advisable to check with the relevant council to see whether planning permission is required. Keep the form and scale of the extension proportionate to the house and plot. Simply adding floor space to a house without regard to the amount and quality of garden space and the character of the area can have a detrimental effect.
Asheldham Grange in Southminster is on the market with Savills Chelmsford with an asking price of £1,495,000. The extension of Asheldham Grange is a wonderful example of adding space to a house while keeping the continuity of design and materials used. For further information please contact Stephen White on 01245 293233.