As the days begin to draw out and the early signs of spring start to show, lockdown or not, one thing’s for sure – the warmer weather is coming!
There’s no better time for a thorough spring clean, tidy-up or even a renovation or home-improvement project.
Read these top tips from our team of expert builders and designers and ensure your home is ready for a happy, fresh spring/summer season.
First things first…
Clean Walls & Skirting Boards
Clean all the walls – in the bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms and living areas with a sponge or brush and soapy water. This includes skirting boards and any wall lights or hangings.
Prep Your Garden
Have a general garden tidy up, clearing leaves and other debris from borders and flower beds. Check your fence panels, gates and trellis for signs of weather damage or decay.
How about installing a water butt? Harvesting rainwater is essential for environmentally-friendly gardening!
Inspect the Roof
Your roof is your home’s primary defence against the elements. Check your roof for any visual signs of warping, cracks or loose shingles and tiles. Are there any signs of damage to the flashing around chimneys, skylights or vents? If so, make sure you get it inspected by a professional and make the necessary repairs!
Clean all gutters
It’s a horrible job, but someone has to do it! Insufficient or improper drainage can cause water damage to your home. Check for loose and leaky gutters and ensure downspouts are positioned to drain away from your home’s foundations. Make sure everything is running smoothly by clearing debris from all gutters and downspouts.
Now the fundamentals are out the way, let’s look at how you can make some vast improvements to your home in time for the warmer climate…
Bring the outside in with beautiful Bi-Folds
Bi-fold doors are not going anywhere and remain the must-have accessory for your home renovation project. Blur the boundaries between the indoors and outdoors with a sleek wall of glazing, let in light, fresh air and summer vibes.
Add an outdoor room
Generally-speaking, conservatories, orangeries and pool-houses all constitute a ‘garden room extension.‘ In terms of design, our preferred garden room would consist of a semi-glazed building with a tiled roof instead of glass. Ideal for those on a tight plot looking to add more space or for those wanting to flood natural light into their homes, a garden room, conservatory or garden building offers affordable luxury with limitless possibilities.
Garden Shelter/ Outdoor Area
Enjoy your garden, come rain or shine with the help of a veranda. Dependent on preference, place a veranda to the front, side or rear or your property and create additional space for lounging, to enjoy al-fresco dining or to act as a sun-trap. Make sure you choose a structure that is robust, sleek and stunning in design.
Consider a biophilic design
If you’re considering an extension, renovation or new build project, do your research into Biophilic design. The trend is all about human interaction with nature and the associated health benefits. Improving air circulation and quality, incorporating green roofs and living walls into domestic design are all the rage.
Although many biophilic design elements can be costly, you don’t need extravagant features to tap into the power of nature. Take inspiration from Pinterest, online blogs and think, plants, art, water, natural textures and green and blue colour palettes.