The majority of us will have spent that last year and a half inside, which is a lot more than we would have hoped for. Now, as lockdown restrictions begin to ease, we can, hopefully, find our way back to the great outdoors.
As a result of us spending more time inside, it should come as no surprise to find the home improvement sector has boomed over this period. Let us outline three ways in which you can utilise space better in your home.
Welcome ‘broken plan’ living with open arms
Broken plan living is a relatively new trend sweeping the home improvement industry. This concept shares similar facets to open plan living, except there are designated zones partitioning your open space in subtle ways. For example, making use of shelving, split levels, and half walls, fireplace, to name a few.
Broken plan living is a potentially perfect solution if you want the same space as an open-plan layout but sometimes need to escape busy family life.
It’s important to consider how light penetrates the room when planning for broken plan living. Sometimes you can make good use of internal windows that allows light to travel through the space. It’s also possible to achieve this by implementing skylights or lanterns, roof lights. We have a team of expert installers who can advise which would be most suitable for your property. So, if this is something you would be interested in do contact us, we’re here to help.
Here are a few ideas you can consider to begin your broken living plan journey:
- Fireplaces – block off spaces and adds character.
- Glazing – perfect for keeping a sense of space while maintaining a sectioned off area for some relaxation time.
- Levels – using different levels is a great way to separate space.
- Half walls – a great way to separate living space and work well when implemented with different levels.
- Shelves – break up any space with shelving frames. Perfect for storage too. Don’t be boring when choosing shelves. Get creative with your ideas.
Be bold: transform a window into a glazed door
We’ve seen it all before in blockbuster movies; huge glazing panels that span across entire walls of huge mansions opening up into the pool or something just as spectacular.
Your doors might not have to be entirely on the same level as this, but changing a small window or set of windows into bi-fold, sliding doors or patio/french doors can enhance your living space and help bring the outside in. And to make this even more appealing, planning permission is rarely required for these types of home improvements.
Bi-fold doors allow you to create an extension into your outside garden or space. Your ability to create a seamless flow from indoors to outdoors is truly enhanced here. Bi-folds can replace a wall of your house or conservatory, allowing for more light pass-through and extending your living space into the garden.
Build a conservatory with a glazed or tiled roof
To take home improvements to the next level, it may be worth investing in a conservatory. There are numerous styles of conservatories available today. But those that give you a greater sense of space are those with a mixture of glazing and tiled rooftops.
The popularity of single-storey extensions or conservatories with a combination of tiles and glazing has grown massively over the years. Not only does this free up floor space, but increases natural light too.
Conservatories can be the perfect home improvement project. Popular styles include skypod conservatories, Equinox and Equinox Vega conservatories. The main difference between these styles is skypods are designed to be installed on a flat roof, orangery, extension or conservatory.
Equinox and Equinox-Vega, on the other hand, have tiled roofs. The Vega offers a large glazing panel which allows an abundance of light but still offer all the benefits of a tiled roof.
Many of us require extra floor space, and building this style of conservatory offers the perfect opportunity.
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