Welcoming a new addition to the family is a life-changing experience, and whilst adapting to a new routine might take a little time, for many people it can soon become apparent that their current home no longer fits the bill for their growing family.
Perhaps storage has become an issue and you desperately need somewhere to hide away a buggy, high-chair, and other bulky baby essentials. Or perhaps the dining area is now a bit of a squeeze, or it’s clear that one bathroom just isn’t enough to accommodate everyone.
So what’s the solution? Generally, it’s a choice between looking for a new house, or improving your current one. In a nutshell, to move or improve.
To move or not to move
Moving house can provide an exciting opportunity to start afresh in a new home and a new area. However, it can also be a stressful experience. Viewing potential new homes is a time-consuming process, then of course there is the worry of being out-bid, the hassle of selling your current property, not to mention the financial cost of legal fees and stamp duty which can soon add up to thousands of pounds.
So it’s easy to see why the alternative of renovating your current home can be a much more appealing choice for many. It could be something as relatively straightforward as knocking through a dividing wall and reconfiguring the lay-out to make better use of the available space – transforming a separate kitchen and dining room into one large open-plan kitchen-diner for example.
Modern family living
Here at Revere Contracts, we’ve seen a huge increase in the amount of people opting for open-plan in recent months. An open-plan lay-out creates flexibility to fully utilise the space to meet the demands of modern family life – prepping dinner whilst watching the kids do their homework at the table, or cooking whilst entertaining guests for example.
Those looking to make a more dramatic difference to their home could consider adding space by extending into the back garden, or converting their garage or loft space for example. As well as adding much-needed living space, it can also add serious value to the property.