Last year a survey by the National Association of Estate Agents revealed the top home improvements that could add the best value to your property. Adding a bedroom, usually by converting loft space was quoted as being the best modification, with a third of respondents suggesting a new kitchen added the best value. Conservatories and converting garages into living space also came high on the list.
At Beau-Port we work closely with our clients to make the most of their home improvements, helping them to achieve the best projects for all areas of their homes, not just kitchens but utility, laundry and boot rooms, fitted bedroom furniture for bedrooms, dressing rooms and walk in wardrobes, home offices and media rooms. But the room that always comes top of the list in terms of adding other kinds of value such as improved lifestyle, comfort, appeal and saleability always seems to be the kitchen. Especially the new trend towards having open plan kitchens which combine dining and living space.
The kitchen has always been seen as the heart of the home and improvements to this important area are not only in terms of the value that may be added to the property, but also about the improvements to the quality of life.
At Beau-Port so many of our clients feed back the other important values and advantages of having a new kitchen - how much more time they spend together as a couple or family. Someone can be cooking dinner, while children sit around a central island doing home-work, or friends can sit there and chat to the cook, who is no longer isolated in another room remote from the living and dining areas. Some of the adjacent living areas can range from a few cosy seats by a patio door overlooking a garden, to more spacious living areas with wood burning stoves, huge comfortable sofas and wide-screen TV’s installed in one of our Beau-Port designed media centres.
These are special spaces that are bringing families back together again and as one of our clients commented:
“Mark’s initial designs were amazing, he understood exactly what I wanted and it was great to see the 3D designs and his great attention to every detail. He has created a kitchen that is the heart of the home and where everyone could relax and enjoy the space together. It has really changed the way we live. The family gathers around the central island and my children are spending more time with me and together, rather than in their respective bedrooms.” Jo Bowler
So it’s not only about the possible increase in value or saleability that a new kitchen or interiors project could give you, it can be about a whole range of other more meaningful values and benefits!