If you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration where your home improvements and renovation projects are concerned, you might well be interested to hear that the most popular architectural style for properties in this country is Georgian.
Top 5 Features of Home Improvements
This is according to new research from Anglian Home Improvements, revealing that large windows, bay windows, porches, stone and stained glass in the front door are the top five most popular features for house improvements, Property Reporter reports.
Other features that people seem to love at home are red brick, skylights, curved bays, stained glass windows and bifold prehung doors – so if you’re doing up your home to sell it in the near future, this could all prove very enlightening food for thought indeed.
As well as Georgian styles, Tudor and Victorian properties proved popular as well. The latter is characterised by pointed arches, elaborate patterns and lots of ornate stained glass; intended to showcase just how much wealth and status the occupants of the house enjoyed!
Tudor homes, meanwhile, have a very distinct black and white style, with properties often boasting exposed timber frames, tall and narrow windows with diamond-shaped panes, and thatched roofs.
Architectural Features to Avoid
In terms of architectural features to avoid, the study also found that people weren’t especially keen on flat roofs, small windows and pebble dashes.
So there are a couple of ideas that could get you going with your next big project at home. But whatever you have planned for the house, it’s important that you sit down to properly work out how you’re going to pay for it.
Setting a budget is important and should be your first step so that you can work out how much you’ll need to save in order to start work on the house. Coming up with a budget will also mean you’re better able to control costs once work begins. You may well find you can spend a bit more in some circumstances but having a budget and sticking to it will stop you from making impulse purchases.
When it comes to actually save for the job at hand, commit to putting a certain amount of money away each month. Also, carry out a review of your regular expenses and see if there’s anywhere you could cut back on; whether that’s by switching energy suppliers to take advantage of a different rate or perhaps going out less each week.
Also make sure that you get an accurate estimate of the likely total cost of your project, talking to contractors and pricing the materials you’re keen to use.
You can also save yourself a pretty penny on home improvements by doing some of the work yourself. But make sure you have the necessary skills or you could end up having to spend more money rectifying bad jobs!
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