HOMES Renovation game
Make your home more valuable, sellable and enjoyable to live in by improving it in the right way. JULIE GRAY
a rear extension can turn a small kitchen into a big open-plan kitchendiner/family room (see inset above) that’s a pleasure to use and will be a hit with buyers when you sell.
This is especially the case with 1920s and 1930s houses, which often have kitchens so small they’re impractical for modern family life. bedrooms, you can usually add value, although it can be a mistake to make the property top heavy, with too many bedrooms for the amount of living space downstairs, or to have too many bedrooms for the number of bathrooms.
In some locations, especially expensive urban ones, turning a one-bedroom property into a two-bed can propel it into a different price bracket when you come to sell.
Adding a bedroom may involve extending, or converting the loft, cellar or garage, but it can also be done without spending a lot.
Changing the layout may enable you to divide one room into two (some main bedrooms span the entire front of the house, for example) or if you have a large living room, you could put the kitchen in there and use the former kitchen as a bedroom.