Adding value to your home: Case studies

How can you make the most of your property, add value or just make the most of the space? Here are some examples of renovations, conversions and extensions that have improved on the original property.

How can you make the most of your property, add value or just make the most of the space? Here are some examples of renovations, conversions and extensions that have improved on the original property.

The project: A Victorian house renovation.

When the homeowners bought this terraced house in west London at auction they planned to transform it from a warren of outdated bedsits into a modern family home. The building hadn’t been renovated for decades and needed serious structural repairs – one of the gable walls and an earlier extension at the back of the house had to be rebuilt.

Unsure about how to make the most of its potential, they handed the project, including all the design work, permissions, materials and labour, to design and build specialists 2wentyfour, with a brief to create an open-plan living space on the ground floor, a guest room in the loft and a luxury master bedroom. They also wanted to retain as many original period features as possible.

The project: A two-flat conversion project in a Victorian terraced house.

When Neville and Roisin Jameson’s neighbour’s flat upstairs came up for sale, they decided to buy it and turn the north London property back into a single house.

They brought in design and build specialists Living In Space to manage the build from concept to completion, which included dealing with all the permissions.

The solution was to remodel and extend the ground floor to create an open-plan kitchen/dining area in their old sitting room and turn their galley kitchen into a utility room. Their bedroom became a children’s playroom. Upstairs, their former neighbour’s kitchen/breakfast room was turned into a sitting room and they took over the master bedroom, with the children’s bedroom also on the first floor.

The project: A spacious kitchen extension.

Mick and Mandy Dibley had spent the last 15 years renovating and redecorating their detached mock-Tudor house in Surbiton, Middlesex. Their dream was to transform their cramped, dark kitchen.

They called in home improvement specialists for advice on where and how they could create more space, what it would cost and the difference it would make to the value of their home.

The Dibleys settled on a single-storey extension of around 1m along the side of their property and extended at the back by around 6m. By removing the existing external kitchen walls, the new and old spaces could be integrated to create an open-plan kitchen/living room that is over 14m in length. They converted their former dining room into a home office, with a separate utility room. The project added around £160,000 to their home’s value.