Stay put and add value to your property with our predictions as to what will be popular for 2016
With the recent increase in stamp duty, many householders are choosing to stay put in their current homes and extend to achieve the extra living space they need. But with house value ever in the forefront of everyone’s minds, quality and building regs remain an absolute priority. Jon Over from Goldstone Homes specialises in
renovation for the residential sector. Here’s his forecast for the popular home updates for 2016.
Knocking on wood
We are going to be
seeing much more use of quality wood in internal spaces for both
structural and decorative purposes. Luxury materials such as oak
provide the simultaneous benefits of being hard wearing and
aesthetically pleasing working equally as well in traditional and
modern settings. Decorative wooden beams, sash style windows and
ornamental staircases will all be popular. Increasingly the functional aspects of the building will be exposed as part of the decorative scheme.
How we live
continues to influence our choice in floorplan design. Providing
spacious and airy living spaces will remain high on the agenda of many
renovation and restoration projects.
There will be a lean towards
opening up bedroom suites, for example with frosted glass, to provide
more fluidity between the sleeping area and bathroom as well as larger
storage areas that fit discreetly into and become one with the overall
Adding outdoor space is moving upwards as
balconies become increasingly popular as part of a trend towards
updating the fascias of existing properties. The addition of a balcony to uninspiring or
bland box shaped properties creates interest and delivers curb appeal to
what was previously a flat and dull exterior.
doors and glass walls will feature strongly as homeowners look for ways
to create a harmonious connection between internal living spaces and the
outdoors. In addition to achieving the illusion of extra space and
letting in light, the combination of glass with brick or wood adds a
stylish touch to any property.
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building techniques, such as Passivhaus, will continue to rise in
popularity. Reducing the ecological footprint of a building, increasing
energy efficiency and sustainability, and cutting household overheads
will all play a pivotal role in the design, style and building methods
used on new build and retrofit projects and the desire of occupants to
live in ‘healthier’ homes.