Home renovation predictions for 2016

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  • 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.

    Wooden beams

    Open sesame
    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.

    Open plan hall

    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

    Open plan bedroom

    Outdoors in
    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.

    Clear vision
    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.

    Bi fold doors

    Building techniques
    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.

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