Sunday, 27 January 2019

Renovation revelations, ideas for your dream home*

*this is a collaborative post on
When searching for a property, the word ‘compromise’ tends to crop up on a regular basis. For many of us, the vision of perfection we carry in our minds either doesn’t exist or blows the budget. The good news is that it’s possible to make all kinds of changes to turn a house into a dream home. If you’re looking to create more space, take advantage of incredible views or turn your home into a place that provides comfort as well as a space to work, here are some fantastic renovation ideas to consider. 

Adding an extension - if you bought a house that suited you at the time, and your family has grown, one option is to add an extension. This might also be an appealing proposition if you’ve started working from home, or you’ve set up a business and you need space for an office, a studio or a treatment room or salon. Extensions can be single or multi-storey, and they usually sit at the back or the side of the property, depending on the individual plot. It’s worth noting that you’ll need planning permission to extend your home, and you might require a tree survey if you’re hoping to use part of the garden for your project. If this is the case, get in touch with companies like Arbtech to find out more, and contact building firms with an excellent reputation and 5-star reviews. It’s worth getting a series of quotes for any building work before you make a decision. The cost will depend on the size of the extension, the materials used, labour fees and the finish you want. 

Maximising light with an orangery or a conservatory - natural light can make all the difference to the look and feel of your home. If you have room at the back of the house, and you’re keen to add value, maximise space and flood your home with light, adding a conservatory or an orangery is an excellent idea. You can use these rooms for anything from working and pursuing hobbies like writing, drawing, reading and sewing to chilling out at the end of a busy day. There are several different styles of conservatories available, so it’s a good idea to explore your options, compare costs and think about how you’d like to use your new haven. 

Converting the loft - if you have a loft that is currently empty, or your attic is filled with Christmas decorations and school reports that date back to the 1990s, have you thought about using the space to create a new living area? If the area is spacious enough and there’s enough headroom, it may be possible to add a spare bedroom, an office, a reading or music room or a den for older kids or teens, for example. To convert the loft, you’ll need to seek expert advice, so look for reputable building firms online, read reviews and ask colleagues, neighbours and friends for recommendations. Converting an attic is a fantastic way to add value to your home and make it more marketable when you come to sell. 

If your home doesn’t quite tick all the boxes, you don’t have to give up on your dreams. These renovation ideas can maximise and add space, enhance value and give you a home that looks amazing and delivers on practicality too.


  1. These are wonderful suggestions! A house can always be improved and made your own dream space!
    the creation of beauty is art.

  2. These ideas are all lovely ♡ I've always dreamt of having a loft turned into a little library. It would be like a little hidden space full of different universes.