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George Clarke's Top Tips

I’m always surprised at the number of people who put their house up for sale without looking at the potential of their current property.  Moving house is expensive, and money spent on stamp duty, estate agent and legal fees is money that you could be investing back into the home you already live in.

You may have been in your house for years and your family might be growing up in it, which is why it is important that your house grows with you. There are a number of things you can do to increase the space in your home, many of which don’t break the bank.

  1. DECLUTTER – I can’t stress the importance of having a big clear out. It’s free, and is the quickest way to increase the space in your home. We are a nation of hoarders and it’s high time we get rid of the unnecessary stuff we have lying around. Be ruthless.
  2. PAINT - People are always taken aback by how big their homes look after I’ve painted the walls white on The Home Show. Light, neutral colours always make a space feel bigger, so revamp your walls with a lick of paint and bring the colour into your home by investing in cushions and accessories.  I bring colour to my house with my children’s paintings and drawings.  
  3. FURNITURE – Getting the right size furniture to fit in a space sounds silly, but you would be surprised by how many people get it wrong. I often see people with giant king sized beds in small bedrooms which makes the room look like one big bed! Buy appropriate furniture for the space you have so that it doesn’t end up dominating the room and making your space smaller. Extra Tip: To get the effect of more space buy sofas and beds which have legs to allow the light run underneath for the allusion of more space.
  4. CONVERSIONS - If you do have a budget, then always look at your existing space before jumping in and planning an extension. While extensions are great, they aren’t always necessary. Why not convert your loft and gain an extra bedroom? Or go down into the basement and gain bags of extra space. If you spend most of your time in your kitchen is there scope to knock down a wall and create a large open plan kitchen / dining room? Or do you have a redundant garage which could be converted to a perfect space for the kids? 
  5. CONSERVATORY – I go into a number of houses and listen to people tell me they don’t have enough space, I then walk through the house and notice a completely redundant conservatory with no furniture and which is used as a dumping ground. The problem being that many old conservatories have plastic roofs so the space is freezing in the winter, hot like a greenhouse in the summer and the rain hitting the plastic creates a racket. This is space that can be easily reclaimed.  There’s no need to knock it down and start again, simply replace the old plastic roof with a glass roof containing Pilkington Activ™ Blue self-cleaning with a thermal insulating glass such as Pilkington K Glass™ Glass to help create a more comfortable environment which can be used all year round.  You’ll also enjoy the added benefit of reduced noise from rain.  
  6. GLASS - I am a big fan of glass, and using it in your conservatory isn’t the only way to make use of this fantastic material. Getting as much natural light into a room as possible ensures that the space will look much bigger. Glass brings the outside in and often adds that ‘wow factor’ when used well.