There’s always a reason to do up a house. Whether you’re moving in, moving out, or just staying put, home renovation can be hugely beneficial to your lifestyle, your bank account, or both.
It goes without saying that a smart home renovation can add comfort and pizzazz to your home. But if you’re selling, it can also boost your property value and earn you a few grand from your investment.
In this guide, we’ll just go over some of the ways you can improve your home, whether in lifestyle or in value. See what takes your fancy…
Have you thought about getting solar panels on your roof? With a solar installation, you can cut right down on your energy bills. Investing in a solar PV (photovoltaic) system now will save you a bundle in the long term, not to mention that it’s much eco-friendlier.
At Ploughcroft, we have installed over 10,000 solar panels in the UK. Our roofers are all fully qualified installers, highly experienced in installing solar systems, and good at keeping the integrity of the roof intact.
Our award-winning solar PV hybrid systems take solar energy to a whole new level. Not only do they let you generate more energy than conventional systems, but they choose whether to store this energy, consume it, or top it up from the grid. It’s whatever proves most cost-effective for you.
For these technologically advanced systems, Ploughcroft works in partnership with Prime Hybrid Energy and makes use of their smart, user-friendly Prime Hybrid Inverter.
This inverter seamlessly integrates your energy to online monitoring and control. By use of a simple online portal, you can set your preferences, let the technology do its thing, and look at how much you’re saving. By integrating it with a smart meter, you can also share energy with the wider community to lighten the load on the grid at peak times.
Your Prime battery will be able to store the electricity you generate during the day for use in the evening. You can also charge it on Economy 7 at night when energy is half the price.
We invite you to consider investing in a greener home with smaller bills. We estimate a one-time cost starting around £5,000 for a solar installation, and the project would take only two or three days to complete.
What about some extra space? Of course, there are plenty of options for getting more indoor living space, such as a house extension or a conservatory. But a loft conversion means you won’t have to sacrifice any outdoor space. Plus, you most likely won’t need planning permission, and construction is rarely affected by the weather.
A lot of homeowners have started to favour a loft conversion because of its benefits to their property value. After all, it’s an extra room, isn’t it? Another bedroom, an office, a home gym, a playroom — the possibilities are endless. So why not add some extra use and appeal for a prospective buyer?
Alternatively, if you’re only looking to sell your house because it’s too small, a loft conversion could be just as effective as upping sticks. Not to mention, it could be cheaper overall. On top of buying a new house, the process of moving brings other added expenses such as solicitors’ fees, stamp duty, and search fees.
To make sure your loft conversion gives you plenty of room to stand, you may also like a roof dormer extension. For one thing, they also don’t normally need planning permission.
The next best thing to adding an entire new floor to your house, a flat roof dormer extension gives the most extra space.
At Ploughcroft, our flat roof dormer extensions also come with our warm flat roof system, making sure your loft conversion is properly insulated to an excellent standard.
We often find that a pitched roof dormer extension is more aesthetically pleasing than the flat roof option.
At Ploughcroft, we’ll make sure your pitched roof dormer extension is fully insulated. For this extension, we can even insulate with our Eco Roof™ thermal blanket. (But more on that below…)
It can typically increase your property value by about 21%. As we say, it’s an extra bedroom. We estimate a construction time of about a week and a price starting at £25,000. Whether it’s extra space for yourself or a prospective buyer, we’re sure that this smart home renovation is worth it.
If you could do with an extra room, visit our Loft Conversion page for more information on this useful home renovation.
As VELUX-certified installers, Ploughcroft can install skylight windows to keep your conversion or extension brightly lit during the day. In fact, they let in twice as much daylight as a vertical window does.
And the more daylight the better! Sunlight gives us more Vitamin D, increased release of endorphins (feel-good hormone), and a number of other health benefits. If you’re working from home, research has found a strong relationship between office daylight exposure and better activity, sleep and quality of life (read more here).
We can install windows to flat roofs and pitched roofs alike. And we can install as many as you want.
VELUX have produced windows and rooflights for over 70 years. Today, they are leading manufacturers producing modern-style, energy-efficient windows. Perfect for the roofing jobs we carry out, they add a practical and stunning feature to any roof.
Get two if you like. If you’re getting a loft conversion (or you have one already), a skylight will work wonders. A VELUX skylight will work wonders and save energy. Not to mention that it will make your home more attractive to a possible buyer, both outside and in.
Visit our VELUX Skylights page for more information on this renovation for your home.
The roof that pays for itself. For any conversion or extension, we certainly recommend a complete re-roof with Ploughcroft’s Eco Roof™ thermal blanket. We want to give you the room-in-roof insulation you could be sorely missing. And this high-quality insulation system, using the latest technology, is the answer.
Older houses with older roofs may not be properly insulated, losing both heat and money. To rectify this problem and save energy, our Eco Roof does much more to keep the heat in. In fact, you can save up to £500 on the heating bills in a single year. Like we say, it pays for itself.
If you’re investing in a loft conversion (see above), the Eco Roof thermal blanket would go perfectly with it. We can make your thermal blanket while we carry out the conversion and then add it in.
Even without a loft conversion, our Eco Roof insulation saves you the need for loft insulation. So, consider this:
Do you even need a loft?
If not, you may prefer to lose it in favour of a vaulted ceiling, adding height to your bedroom for a more spacious and stylish feel.
Either you save a bundle on the heating, or your buyer does. Either way, our Eco Roof adds an attractive energy-saving feature to any home, improving your lifestyle and boosting property value.
To read more, visit our Eco Roof page.
Are there any parts of your land that you’re not making full use of? Because unused space in your garden, whether big or small, could become a handy bit of extra space in your house. No matter the size, building an extension to your home can be a big improvement.
Perhaps you want a bigger living room or kitchen? Maybe you need an extra room to use as a study? Whatever you want, we’re sure we can help.
You may also like to know that house extensions don’t always need planning permission. (We know this can often put people off.) It all comes down to whether the job stands within certain guidelines and doesn’t impact on your neighbours or the environment. Visit Planning Portal for more information.
Maybe have a look around your property and see if you have any wasted space. We’ll be waiting.
From start to finish, Ploughcroft can sort it all out. All the organisation. All the construction. We’ll appoint the architect, liaise with the building inspector, organise a decorator, dot the i’s and cross the t’s. You just need to worry about what you want to get out of your property.
For a house extension, we estimate a cost starting around £25,000 and a construction time of about a week. Even if you’re not looking to get more out of your house — only to get out of your house — an extension typically adds between 6% and 23% to the property value. If you’re wanting to move house to have more space, a house extension could prove to be a cheaper alternative, saving you both money and fuss.
To find out more about Ploughcroft’s house extensions, visit our Home Extensions page.
The modern way to keep your home well lit. At Ploughcroft and in partnership with Roof Maker, we can add beauty and charm to your home with the Rooflight or Roof Lantern.
High-performing, energy-efficient and stylish, these windows have the best thermal performance technology available. Boasting easy-clean, fully insulated glass, Rooflights and Roof Lanterns offer a U-Value of 0.6. And they come with a 20-year unit seal warranty.
Especially if you have a flat-roof extension. Their Rooflights and Roof Lanterns are perfect for letting natural light through a flat roof. Their Pitched Roof Windows also offer a gorgeous and modern solution for a loft conversion. There are just so many options to choose from.
If you want a more contemporary, well-lit house, whether to live in or sell, a Rooflight or Roof Lantern can go a long way.
To read more about this home renovation idea, visit our Rooflights, Roof Lanterns & Roof Windows page.
Fancy sprucing up your house with one of these renovations? Are you thinking of moving out, or will they make it worth staying instead of settling in somewhere new? Or do you think you could get a better price for it by adding some modern touches?
More and more people are getting into modern home renovation, either to improve their own lifestyle or to get a better selling price. So why not jump on that bandwagon?
If you stand to gain from any of Ploughcroft’s house renovations, please don’t hesitate to contact us and get your free assessment today.
There’s something beautifully quaint about bungalows — they present a humble British charm that can be difficult to recreate in other property types.
Aesthetics aside, a bungalow (otherwise known as a single-storey house), has a reputation for its practicality, with everything accessible from the same floor. In fact, bungalows have a widespread appeal here in the UK, yet there are fewer being built, so they’re becoming increasingly sought after.
While it is certainly convenient to have every room close by, that’s not to say you can’t expand this space. A bungalow can be renovated in a number of different ways to increase space and enhance your quality of life at home.
In this post, we outline five popular bungalow house renovation ideas.
If you’d like to add more bedrooms or living space to your bungalow, a loft conversion is a perfect solution. By adding this extra space úpstairs, you can be far more flexible with the layout of your home.
Generally speaking, the options to convert the loft in a bungalow are the same as those in a two-storey house, so it couldn’t be easier to add a whole additional floor. Whether your roof structure is a traditional cut rafter roof or it’s a modern trussed roof, a loft conversion is possible — with the right expertise. Imagine all of that upstairs space!
Adding extra height to your bungalow isn’t the only way to create more space — you can also increase the property’s width with a home extension.
Whether you need a workspace, playroom for the kids or just a bigger living area, you only need a small amount of outside space to add a home extension. What may seem like pointless and unused land can actually make a massive difference to the way you live.
Not only do balcony systems look spectacular from the outside, but they make for a great outdoor space to entertain guests too. Here you can also enjoy the views and bask in the sunshine.
There are plenty of balcony styles and designs available to suit your bungalow requirements. Your builder can advise you on the necessary safety features of a balcony, as well as offer a professional opinion on materials and design.
If you want to bring your living area into the outdoors, a conservatory can make a fantastic addition to your home. This bungalow house renovation idea will not only expand the size of your living space, but a conservatory can also give you the opportunity to enjoy your garden more, no matter the season.
While making your choice, pay particular attention to the type of roof you want on the conservatory (one that will suit your bungalow’s exterior) and try to select a frame that will accommodate it.
If you like the idea of opening up your bungalow to fresh air and natural light but you don’t necessarily need extra space, then why not add some stylish bi-fold doors? Also known as folding sliding doors, bi-fold doors are made from a series of panels that fold up against the wall and slide open. They can fold in or out to open up space.
As bi-fold doors provide optimum thermal efficiency, they also help to keep homes warm during the winter and refreshingly cool in summer.
There you have it — five ideas to consider if you’re thinking about renovating your bungalow. Before you make your choice, it’s vital to think about the purpose of your renovation and what you want to add to your home, whether that’s space, thermal efficiency or additional light.
Here at Ploughcroft, we channel our building and renovation skills, knowledge and experience into providing house renovation services that enhance your home and make it a happier place to live. Get in touch for a free quote.
There may come a time when you decide that your home doesn’t really work for you anymore. What was once perfect now feels too small, too outdated — it no longer suits your lifestyle and preferences. If this is the case, you might want to think about a home extension — it’s the perfect opportunity to tailor your home to fit your needs while boosting your house’s value in the long run. With an extension, you can remain in the same location without having to deal with the chaos that accompanies uprooting your family.
Below, we’ll explore the most popular home extension design ideas trending in 2019. Whether you decide to go for a loft extension or a conservatory, Ploughcroft can help you make the right decision for your property and your family.
Before we go on to explore the trending home extensions, let’s first define what a home extension actually is.
An extension is a term used to describe any form of expansion made to a property. This can range from the addition of a few square feet to a double-storey addition. Generally, extensions can range from £1,000 to £1,600 per square metre for the building works — which makes them quite an investment. With that in mind, you should have a very clear idea of what you want and the value that it will add before you press ahead.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a clear-cut question to answer. The value added to your property by an extension will vary considerably depending on the size and quality of your extension. Generally, estate agents calculate the value of your home based on its number of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as the floor area. With the right firm, a good-quality extension costing £30,000 can add more than £50,000 to your home.
Discover our six home extension ideas that will help to boost your house’s value.
One popular way people decide to add value (as well as more living space) to a single-storey house is by adding a rear extension. This is a great option to consider — it can open up your home and allow the possibility of a further bedroom, a bathroom or a playroom for your children.
Remember, for a rear extension to be successful, you need to find the right home renovators. Though a rear extension is fairly straightforward, you will want to hire someone who can help you with the legal steps you must follow. Always ask for references and ask plenty of questions to ensure they know what you are looking for. Even the smallest error can prove to be hugely stressful and costly.
Conservatories are relatively quick to build, as well as being a cost-efficient way to extend your home, as long as you get the right build type. They also represent great value — should you decide to sell your home, your buyers will see a glass conservatory extension as a lifestyle-enhancing space. After all, what’s better than sitting in a bright, airy room in the summer months? According to the RICS, a modern conservatory can increase the value of your home by 5%.
If you like the idea of extending your home but you don’t have much outdoor space, you can always extend upwards. Most lofts are unused and unusable, so it makes sense to use this space and extend on the available space in your house. A loft extension could create some great extra living space. It could also make an excellent children’s play area or home office. Furthermore, research from Nationwide Building Society has shown that a loft extension can increase your property’s value by a remarkable 20%!
A two-storey extension will give you lots of extra space while boosting the value of your home. It is also a cost-effective option, as the average cost per square metre is reduced by stretching the expensive elements of the foundations and roof over a larger area. Some even decide to build an extra storey over an existing single-storey structure. If you’re in need of some inspiration, there are plenty of resources for beautiful double-storey design ideas.
A wrap-around extension is a rear extension combined with a side extension, resulting in a large L-shaped space that circles your home and creates a large living space on both sides. This is a popular choice for people who want to gain as much rear space as possible without giving up too much of their garden. Wrap-arounds are also a great opportunity to use up any dead space in your home’s alleyway. Other people use wrap-around extensions to open up their kitchen areas and bring more light into their homes.
A side extension allows you to reclaim space and use it to create a family room or open-plan kitchen. Extending your house to the side, rather than at the back, can be a smart and efficient way to maximise your living area. There are a number of ways to use side extensions — some people decide to choose complementary materials to their existing house, while others contrast for an eye-catching look. Check out Pinterest for some inspirational side extension ideas.
If you’re looking to expand and invest in an extension, Ploughcroft can help you achieve your vision. We will provide you with a full detailed quotation for your entire project, manage all work on the project from start to finish and provide you with a high-quality service at a competitive cost. Home extensions don’t need to be a stressful experience — we’ll make sure you enjoy every minute of your journey.
Call us for a free estimate on your home renovation and home extension projects. Every member of our team is dedicated and committed to delivering the best customer service possible while ensuring you’re happy with the finished result.
We take a look at some of the ways you can make your home work harder for you. Here are 7 things you can do to make your home a better space to live in, creating a better place to live and work, whilst reducing your carbon footprint and reducing your energy bills too.
Replacing your old polycarbonate conservatory roof with a Tiled Conservatory Roof Replacement will make your conservatory a more usable space, keeping it warm in winter and cool in summer.
If you already have a conservatory but feel as though you get little use out of it, a solid conservatory roof replacement can turn your underused space into a delightful living space which can be enjoyed all year round. Aesthetically pleasing and boasting superior energy efficient qualities.
Mr & Mrs Hirst, Brighouse:
We were very pleased with the whole procedure of replacing our conservatory roof. The finished tiled roof is amazing and we love sitting in our new garden room!
Extending your living space into your garden with bi-fold doors is a wonderful way of transforming your living space.
Modern alternatives to the ‘patio door’ offer high energy performance, come with triple glazing and are designed to withstand the elements. Maintaining warmth within your home during winter and providing refreshingly cool temperatures in summer.
Super secure and extremely energy efficient, they will keep the heat in and reduce outside noise levels whilst still leaving a lasting impression.
If your property has an attic conversion, room-in-the-roof, loft conversion or a vaulted ceiling, re-roofing and insulating with modern hi-tech solutions could save you a substantial amount on your heating bills each year.
Keeping the heat in, especially in older properties, is undoubtedly the best way to make your home work harder for you!
Pat Walker, Filey:
Our Eco roof was installed over 2 years ago. We rate it as one of the best improvements that has been done to our bungalow. We were impressed with the advice we were given and the price. Our heating bill is now so low, to the point that the energy supplier wanted to check the meter was working correctly!
You don’t need to forfeit too much of your outdoor space in order to make a huge difference to your living space. What may seem like a wasted bit of land could give you that extra living space to transform your home.
A small ground floor extension could give you the perfect additional space, and the great news is you can go ahead and build without planning permission if the work falls within certain guidelines.
Alison Hall, Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse:
It looks like we’ve made pretty good progress against your initial plan for the building of our extension. Firstly thank you! It has been a great experience and we are really looking forward to decorating and moving in to use the space. Thanks also to Mark and the various teams and individuals who have been involved with our build. They have all been polite and totally professional throughout.
Balcony Systems can transform your flat roof or garage into a delightful, usable and unique outdoor living space – a little piece of heaven for you to relax on with family and friends. Roof balcony systems can be installed on most flat roofs and walkways and offer elegance, privacy, and shelter from the wind.
While some balcony systems may require planning permission, many don’t, and we can provide advice on planning permission if necessary.
Mr Taylor, Osmotherly:
Needless to say we are very pleased with the overall look you have given the project, our home. We would like to convey our thanks to all the team involved with special mention to Luke and Scott, also many thanks to the 2 Karl’s and Graham who worked tirelessly to achieve such a perfect finish. Luke is a very personable young man really deserves to do well, he worked hard, and showed innovation and ingenuity when required and as you can see in the photos the balustrade he constructed is millimetre perfect.
Your workmen were polite and respectful at all times, they are a credit to your company. Furthermore, we would have no hesitation in recommending your company to friends (we have done so already) or anyone else who enquires.
Replacing old roof windows and skylights with modern, contemporary, energy-efficient alternatives gives you the perfect opportunity to enhance your home and increase natural light.
Contemporary alternatives, such as Roof Maker, provide the best thermal performance technology on the market. The ‘more glass and less frame’ philosophy ensures a beautiful minimalistic look, which will make you the envy of your neighbours! With U-Values as low as 0.6 these windows certainly deliver on energy efficiency too.
N, West Yorkshire (courtesy of Which? Trusted Traders):
Ploughcroft have been fantasic. The first time we used them for Velux windows, this time it was for the roof. Once again they have been very professional, on time, polite and tidy whilst carrying out the work. I would be happy to recommend them.
Capture & harness the energy of sun! Solar PV converts daylight into electricity. With new advances in technology, it is also possible to incorporate battery storage. Enabling you to generate electricity during the day and store it for later use.
Contrary to popular belief, solar PV doesn’t need direct sunlight to work. Solar panels use the energy from daylight and can still generate electricity on a cloudy day.
Mr & Mrs Birkenhead, Halifax:
Thank you ever so much. Thank you to all your staff, what a great team you are, bless you all.