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Do home improvements add value to your home?

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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.

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How far would you go?

It is extraordinary how far people will travel to get the right thing.  Even in this age of internet shopping, purchasers still value the importance of actually going to see and try out the things they want to buy, especially the higher value purchases connected to home improvements, such as new kitchens, bathrooms, bedroom furniture and other items of furniture.

They then also have a better idea of the quality of the products and also very importantly the service they will received.  When investing in any major projects on your home, it is essential that you find the right products, best quality, service, value and affordability, plus the right people to work with who you feel you can trust to do the very best job.

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Cooking from scratch is back in foodie fashion

Are you tired of the disappointment of ready meals?  Apparently cooking from scratch is back and that’s official, well it must be - Mary Berry says so!  In her recent TV series she is seen close to our patch at the farmers’ market at Guildford, selecting lots of seasonal food to turn into delicious meals.

At Beau-Port we are located close to both Alton, Petersfield and Winchester which also boast their own Hampshire Farmers’ Markets.  This not-for-profit community interest organisation reports that visitor numbers to their markets continue to increase, as more people want to know where their food comes.  Their shoppers also don’t want to pay the premium for all those unwanted and environmentally damaging food miles.

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Kitchen memories

The kitchen is the hub of the home and according to singer/songwriter MIKA it is a place where memories are made. Speaking on the BBC’s One Show recently, MIKA reminisced with top chef Michele Roux Jr about happy times in the kitchen with his family.

Most of us can recall pivotal moments in our lives that happened in our family kitchens - as young children home baking and making a huge mess, birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations, Sunday lunches and family gatherings.

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Famous cook’s kitchen up for sale

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National treasure and the queen of kitchens, the loveable Mary Berry is selling her kitchen - up for sale for £800,000, complete with a beautiful house wrapped around it. The holiday home in Salcombe is currently on the market and there is bound to be interest from MB fans, who would love to cook in the same kitchen where Mary Berry has cooked for friends and family since 2006.

Chris Evans talked about the house sale on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show and felt that the kitchen alone would be worth £800,000 because of the Mary Berry effect.

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