Property news roundup: What is the best way to add value to your home?
Plus #tinyhousetuesday, home cloning, bland houses, new mortgage rule effect and 2015 house sales
Alex Johnson has been part of The Independent's online team since 2007. He has been writing about microarchitecture on his internationally-acclaimed Shedworking blog since 2006 and is the author of Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution. His latest book is Bookshelf, published by Thames & Hudson.
Tuesday 29 April 2014
Half of estate agents say adding an extra bedroom – usually by converting loft space – is the best way of adding value to a property.
However, according to the report from the National Association of Estate Agents, just over a third of agents said that making the kitchen bigger was the key change. Only four per cent argued that adding a conservatory would add the most value, three per cent suggested adding a garage and a further three per cent recommended converting a garage into living space.
Tiny House Tuesday
If you're interested in microarchitecture and smaller, perfectly formed homes, then take a look at #tinyhousetuesday on Twitter. Every week, people post their thoughts and images of small homes in the UK (and around the world). Among those featured is the one bedroom 'house' pictured above in Dalston, Cumbria for sale with H&H King at £45,000. It's a small detached brick building, around 10sqm and a former transmitter repeater station with planning permission to convert to a holiday home.
Effect of new mortgage rules
A poll of more than 2,000 people by www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk suggests the new MMR mortgage rules will have an effect on mortgage applications. Nearly half said they thought their lifestyle and spending habits would not make them a desirable mortgage applicant following the changes.
Housing market activity
Around five per cent of UK householders plan to buy a property in the next year, according to a survey for Knight Frank. Around 17 per cent say they have no plans to buy at any stage in the future.
"The data suggests that around 1.35 million households are planning to buy a residence in the next year, highlighting the rising demand for housing across the country," said Gráinne Gilmore, head of UK residential research at Knight Frank. "If all potential purchasers were to achieve a sale, this would mark an 18 per cent rise in transactions over the next 12 months."
The survey indicates that demand for property in the East of England will be among the strongest across the country in the next year, followed by the East Midlands. Those in the North East of England and Scotland appear to be the least likely to be moving home before April 2015.
Stop bland houses
John McCall Architects has created a guide for property owners to prevent UK towns becoming bland and losing their identities.
It is aimed at people looking to take advantage of the government’s External Wall Insulation scheme and focuses in particular on the use of cladding.
Director of John McCall Architects, Colin Usher, said: "It is vital in large schemes that we don’t end up with a mass of properties covered in cladding and towns that all look the same. We’ve some fantastic architecture in the UK and it needs preserving.
"Unfortunately we’ve seen examples of cladding being applied where intricate features such as window tracery and lintels have been lost due to the poor execution of the work."
Where do you get your ideas from?
Three quarters of people get their home interiors ideas from homes of friends, around one in ten are inspired by television programmes, and around 10 per cent are most influenced by interior magazines/websites.
The study by online furniture retailer Sengtai showed that more than half of the 2,000 people polled had based the design of a room like one they had seen at the home of a friend. One in ten had even taken a photo of it without asking permission.
A four-bedroom apartment on the ground floor of a stunning period property in North Yorkshire, with two kitchens and a large south-west facing garden.
This high-spec two-bedroom home is part of a smart collection of new flats at Beaufort Park and has a large decked balcony that's perfect for summer drinks.
Capitalise on the fabulous views of Trevone Bay by taking two homes and creating one spacious boutique B&B. Just a cliff-top walk from Padstow.
Overlooking a golf course, this six-bedroom Edwardian detached home spans four storeys and retains many period features including the original, operational servants' bells...
On the edge of the city, this six-bedroom home comes with an outdoor swimming pool and a large garage block that has annexe potential.
In a Grade II-listed manor just outside of Bath, this three-bedroom home is arranged on two floors with a skylight in a vaulted roof line.
Open the living room's bi-fold wooden doors to reveal a retro-style kitchen, and a conservatory leading to a paved garden at this three-bedroom home.
A Grade II-listed, four-bedroom home, in a charming Somerset village, with a two-storey studio that could be converted into a holiday cottage
A modern four-bedroom Victorian home, within walking distance to the high street
A luxury apartment in the Gothic mansion of Wyfold Court in Kingwood, offers six bedrooms spread over three floors and a turret
This school conversion, near Stockwell Tube, oozes New York loft style. The one-bedroom flat features double height ceilings and exposed brick work
This six-bedroom Georgian home is on three floors with open fireplaces, a two-oven Aga, an annexe, and cottage gardens with outbuildings and a car barn
High Crest House covers an impressive 9384sq ft, with almost three acres of grounds including a tennis court and summer house enclosed by electric gates
A six-bedroom farmhouse with separate accommodation in converted stables. Situated in the village of Church Aston, within walking distance to the market town
A two-bedroom flat with under-heated walnut floors and bespoke built-in storage. The Tube and Clapham Common are a short stroll away
A refurbished seven-bedroom townhouse with staff quarters, cinema room, superb gym, steam room and plunge pool
A minimnalist four-bedroom home designed to the highest spec, featuring glass walls and a kitchen space lit by a glass roof
Hibernate during winter and make your living during the summer at this busy guesthouse with panoramic sea views, in the village of Lynton
A four-bedroom penthouse next to the Tate with direct views of St Paul's from two floors of luxurious living space
A four-bedroom detached home surrounded by spacious gardens and woodland, close to New Pudsey
An 18th-century, three-bedroom home near Langstone Harbour built from ships beams with vaulted ceilings and wood burning stoves
A five-bedroom semi-detached home with a mix of period and modern features in a popular and convenient location
This five-bedroom red-brick beauty overlooks the village green and sits in just under two acres of land
A three-bedroom villa with self-contained flat, minutes from Lake Windermere
A five-bedroom Victorian home with four receptions, superb gardens and paddock in Pembury
An eight-bedroom house on the south side of the The Green with cinema, wine cellars and summer house
This 17th century beauty is full of rustic cosiness, while the detached home office means you can also run a business
Four exclusive apartments in a Grade II-listed former medical school with 2,275 sq ft of living space and 18ft ceilings
A five-bedroom terraced house on the popular Peterborough Estate, ideally located for both Eel Brook Common and South Park
A state-of-the-art farm-building conversion on the former Cliveden Estate, with 11,420sq ft of internal space, cinema and wine cellar
Windsor Castle overlooks this three-bedroom Victorian cottage located on one of Windsor's smartest roads
A boutique mews house, set around a central courtyard, with three bedrooms and a private roof terrace
A four-bedroom farm-conversion with three bathrooms and two reception rooms
A two-bedroom detached house with ensuite bathrooms and a sun-drenched decked terrace, £750,000
A modern and spacious two-bedroom, penthouse flat with two bathrooms in a prestigious development
A beautifully renovated five-bedroom terrace with three reception rooms and a courtyard garden, £700,000
A four-bedroom period house which has been extended to provide almost 2,500sq ft of living space, £675,000
A pretty three-bedroom Georgian home with a 22ft drawing room and a master suite with a balcony, £525,000
A substanstial family home with five bedrooms and landscaped gardens in the much sought-after Branksome Park area
A well-presented three-bedroom house with front and rear gardens, close to White City station, £475,000
A handsome five-bedroom house in a sought-after location close to the city centre
A five-bedroom country home with valley views, equestrian stables and 27 acres of land, £725,000
A six-bedroom farm house with separate, detached cottages and 371 acres of land
A two-bedroom cottage with parquet floors, chunky beams and an open fireplace
A three-bedrrom flat with 2,733sq feet of living space, a beautiful private garden and 15 acres of communal grounds
A four-bedroom chalet bungalow with three bathrooms and a spacious garden, £525,000
A two-bedroom flat with an open plan kitchen and two balconies, close to Arsenal station
A Grade II-listed home with six bedrooms, secluded landscaped gardens and views across Hadley Green
A Grade II-listed mansion with two apartments and a cottage, near Gretna Green
A three-bedroom Grade II-listed mews house with vaulted ceilings and roof garden
A spacious Grade II-listed family home with annexe and equestrian facilities among four acres of land in Itchingfield
A four-bedroom home with exposed brick walls and open fires in the picturesque village of Northill
A Grade II-listed property with five bedrooms and unique tower, overlooking Hastings Old Town
A charming five-bedroom detached family home, set within half an acre in Kew
A two-bedroom maisonette set on the top two floors of a period building, close to Kentish Town Tube.
Take advantage of the extra space provided by former stables and outbuildings at this five-bedroom farmhouse.
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