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.
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.
Opening up your home with a roof window is the perfect way to invite in more breezy ventilation and Vitamin D. As daylight is free, roof windows are also an energy-efficient way to light your room and help cut your electricity bills.
As VELUX is the world’s leading manufacturer of roof windows, flat roof windows, sun tunnels and roof window blinds, it’s likely you have this brand installed. Ploughcroft is a VELUX-certified installer, so we’re able to install a wide variety of roof windows and skylights for either pitched or flat roofs — all with a low energy rating.
A roof window is ideal for loft conversions, lean-to extensions or any other room with a slanted ceiling. If you have a pitched roof (one that slopes downwards), a roof window is a versatile solution, as the window can be installed onto slopes with a 15- to 90-degree angle. They’re also the easiest to open and close, as they work just like a regular window.
But, how do you clean them? Cleaning VELUX windows is quite straightforward once you break it down. Let’s take a look:
First of all, when cleaning your VELUX window, start with the air filter. This device filters particles from the air as they pass through, such as pollen, dust and mould, to allow only clean, fresh air to enter.
To do this, fully rotate and secure the window in the cleaning position, then remove the filter from the filter rail. You can remove and wash this with ordinary household cleaners.
Next up, it’s time to clean the window pane, while taking care not to scratch or stain it.
Wipe the pane with a soft, clean sponge or a clean, non-metal window squeegee. Clean water is normally sufficient, but ordinary, non-abrasive household cleaners can also be used. Soft water is best for cleaning panes, but if you’re in a hard-water area, you can add a small amount of detergent to soften the water or make sure to wipe off all excess water after cleaning.
To clean the outer pane, rotate the sash (the framework around the glass) 180 degrees. The sash must be secured in position by sliding the barrel bolt into the bushing at the bottom of the side frame. This safety feature leaves both hands free for cleaning.
Watch this video on how to clean the outside from the inside, after securing the window with the barrel bolt.
You don’t have to do this every time you clean your VELUX roof window, but around once a year, remove the leaves and other debris from the flashing around the window to allow rainwater to flow freely.
The flashing is a thin continuous piece of material that is installed to prevent water from getting in through the window.
Condensation can form on the inner pane of the window, particularly in rooms with high levels of humidity. You can minimise this by airing the roof frequently or by fitting a radiator directly below the window.
If winter strikes hard, it’s important to allow melted water to drain off from and around the window, so make sure to remove any snow and ice.
If you want to prolong the longevity of your VELUX roof window or just give it a touch-up, VELUX offer maintenance kits which include a range of products that you can use to replace an air filter, repair a scratch, lubricate hinges, paint your window or give it a shiny, new lacquer.
Whether you require a single window or a string of continuous skylights, we can install to most roof types, whether as part of a re-roof or roof replacement or by replacing existing, old skylight windows.
Get your free assessment today.
All replacement glazing requires Building Regulations, and this has been the case since 2002. VELUX windows and skylights are no exception.
There are plenty of roofers cutting corners by telling their customers that Building Regulations are not required if all they are doing is making a straight swap! This is simply not the case. Anyone who installs replacement windows or doors has to comply with the new thermal performance standards.
When the time comes to sell a property, a purchaser’s surveyor will ask for evidence that any replacement glazing installed after April 2002 complies with the new Building Regulations. Any work carried out is likely to come to light through a local land search enquiry.
There are two ways to prove compliance:
Quite simply – run for the hills!!
If they are prepared to cut corners on applying for Building Regulations, then they will be prepared to cut corners on the actual work. It is not unheard of for local authorities to serve an enforcement notice on the homeowner requiring removal of work which contravenes the regulations. If the homeowner doesn’t comply, then the local authority has the power to undertake the work itself and recover costs for doing so.
At Ploughcroft, we replace and install all rooflights and roof windows to current Building Regulation standards and supply our customers with a Building Regulation certificate.
We deal with all the Building Regulations and ensure a certificate is provided to prove compliance, regardless of whether the customer has had a new installation or has replaced existing windows or skylights. This ensures that there is no problem at a later date and prevents the customer from running into related difficulties when they sell their home in the future.
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.
A lot of changes happen during summer that help shape our homes.
Perhaps your children are moving out to university by the end of the summer so you’re looking to tailor your home more to your tastes and shed that ‘teenagers-have-definitely-been here’ look?
Maybe your family is expanding and you want your home to grow accordingly to accommodate new arrivals or energetic grandchildren that often come to visit?
Whatever your situation, a home is where you unwind and be yourself and should always cater for your needs and tastes whilst reflecting your personality. However, extravagant prices are often associated with home improvements.
But did you know, with the modern, energy-efficient building options now available, property developments can now be considered a worthwhile, money-saving long-term investment for your home?
When we crave more space, relocating to a bigger home often springs to mind but what about the space you already have available in your home?
The cheapest way to expand your home, and perhaps one of the most effective, is a loft conversion. It utilises untapped space, expanding upwards rather than outwards so you don’t sacrifice valuable garden space.
Intelligent insulation options, such as the innovative Eco Roof™ thermal blanket, can save you up to £500 on your annual energy bills, keeping your new loft conversion and indeed, your entire property, well heated. The Eco Roof™ has also been proven to increase a property’s value by up to 14%!
There has never been a better time for a loft conversion and often you won’t even need planning permission (you can find out more on the Planning Portal).
An office, game/hobby room, playroom, gym, extra bedroom, or even storage to free up and declutter other areas of your home, a loft conversion can hold unlimited potential for any home.
Gone are the days of cheaper polycarbonate conservatory roofs, which were often susceptible to leaks. Today, conservatory roofs can be tiled and extremely energy-efficient and well-insulated.
Tiled conservatory roofs are also robust and resilient against typical British weather.
Energy bills and long-term maintenance costs are kept low and, with a comfortable temperature constantly maintained, you and your family can use your conservatory all year round to really make the most of the extra space and get more value for your money- it’s a win- win!
Possibilities for flat roofs and garage roofs to be transformed into elegant balconies are often overlooked. The truth is, many insulated options are now available, again saving you money on energy bills, whilst increasing the kerb appeal of your home.
Giving you access to great views and an outside area to relax in, balconies can be a great way to get fresh air and soak up that all important vitamin D, without really leaving your home!
Roof windows, especially those by reputable companies like VELUX, ensure a loft, conservatory or orangery feels open and spacious, whilst allowing healthy natural light to filter in.
Classic vaulted ceilings and stylish roof windows also act as a great centre piece and ‘wow factor’ for any home.
Improving and expanding the space you have truly is a more cost-effective (not to mention less stressful) option than moving and any improvements to your home increase the overall value of your property exponentially in the long run.