Thinking about using some home improvements in the new year? Our team of Residential Structural Engineers can provide a variety of services for homeowners to transform your property into the home of your dreams.
New Year home improvement ideas
- Add an extension to your property:
If you would like to boost the amount of interior space in your home, an extension is the ideal choice of home improvement project. In addition to extending the available space, you could also significantly increase the value of your property.
With home extensions, there are lots of potential projects you can undertake, for example a rear single storey extension to boost the amount of space available in your kitchen. You could also extend the full side of your property adding additional rooms, these could be used to create bedrooms, build a study, or a whole range of rooms for various different uses.
In the past we performed a double extension project, providing structural design for two home extensions, whilst also assisting structural alterations to the interior of the building. If you’re interested in our services regarding extensions, or if you would like to read more about this specific double extension, you can learn more by visiting our case studies page.
- Create an additional room with a loft conversion:
For many, the loft is a valuable storage space, however if you don’t require a significant amount of storage space, the loft can be transformed into a large living area, providing you and your family with options to better customise your own property.
A loft conversion is viewed by many as the original domestic alteration’. You can transform your loft into a variety of different types of rooms as the size available would provide you with far more space that you find in the typical spare room. For example, you could transform your home’s loft into a room that supports a hobby you’re passionate about, such as an arts and crafts studio.
- Build an underground storage area:
Home basements are quickly becoming a very popular way of adding additional space to your property. There possibilities are vast, you could create a wine cellar in a basement, creating the ideal retreat for a wine enthusiast, alternatively a musician may create a basement with some sound treatment to create an underground practice area to minimise disruption to neighbours.
Another great idea for home basement conversions is to create a bedroom with combined living space. A basement conversion would give you lots of space to work with, making it a great choice for an older teenage child, providing them with the comforts of home, alongside some additional privacy. This large area could become a bedroom, with a reasonably large living area, and perhaps even an en suite.
Also, whilst it is important to note that regulations do apply to basement conversions, the Riddwood Consulting Engineers team have considerable experience in multiple aspects regarding the renovation of basements. We are available to provide structural advice and are available to design or even manage the project from start to finish.
- Convert your garage:
The average garage is approximately 150ft² and with many people choosing to park their vehicles on their driveways, this space is often left underused and not taken advantage of.
Garages can be transformed into numerous different buildings, from a comfortable home office, a playroom for a child, or you could convert the garage into guest accommodation with bedroom, shower and toilet facilities all in one quick location, making a very convenient and comfortable living area for guests visiting your family.
The possibilities are too vast to list them all. Additionally, it’s worthwhile noting that a garage conversion could add additional value to your property, so converting your property could be a great investment opportunity.
- Remodel a room:
Internal alterations are a great way to transform your home without making large changes such as adding another floor or extending the rear of your property. For example, you could remodel your living room to become an open plan living area, or you could remove the wall between your kitchen and dining room and create a large kitchen diner.
Over our long and successful history we have assisted in the transformation of over 2,500 homes across the United Kingdom. Our talented team of engineers can assist in a variety of projects including wall removals, but also projects such as structural re-modelling and even changing the designed use of a property.