Our simple top 10 tips of improving the value of your home

Improving your home Has your home possibly fallen victim of negative equity? Do you like where you live, but your home no longer suits your needs? Rather than simply accepting your fate, why not consider improving your way out negative equity by maximising the space available without spending too much money? Our simple top 10 tips for improving the value of your home: 1.     Convert your Loft Spending  10+K on a loft conversion could increase the value of your home by 15-25K if done tastefully. 2.     Garden room/Conservatory extension Spending 20+k could add considerable value and provide you with that extra valuable living space you need. 3.     Extend the Kitchen Open plan living/kitchen spaces are now in vogue –make the kitchen the hub of your home! 4.     Install an en suite bathroom to your main bedroom If you have 3 or more bedroom house, an en suite serving the master bedroom is a valuable asset especially when it comes to selling. This can be done for as little as 2-3K depending on the specification. 5.     Convert the garage For as little as 5K, by simply converting your garage, you can create an extra living space for your kids or granny! 6.     Add a utility room Reclaim your kitchen by getting rid of the laundry clutter. Again, like an en suite bathroom, this is a cost effective way of updating your home. 7.     Put in a roof light. Transform existing stairwells, lofts and corridors by installing a rooflight that will flood in natural light to those dark dingy spaces! 8.     Sub-divide your existing space By simply sub-dividing up existing large rooms,...

Rural enterprise dwelling with an eco twist…

Matthew Jones architects are excited to unveil plans for a new environmentally friendly dwelling designed for a rural enterprise here in North Wales which has recently been submitted for planning. With great help from Owen Devenport planning consultants, outline planning was received on the basis falls within planning policy for rural enterprise dwelling use. The house is sited in a concave area of the hillside facing principally north east to enjoy the spectacular landscape setting and hills opposite. Following a meeting with our client to develop his brief, the intention was to create a contemporary single storey family long house which is recessive in the landscape, sustainable in its construction, very low in energy consumption, and aiming for zero net emissions of carbon dioxide for all energy use in the house. It will be designed as a house for life incorporating lifetime homes standards.               The design uses lightweight but highly insulated steel and timber frame construction, clad in cedar weatherboarding allowed to weather to a natural silver grey colour. The roof finish is pre-weathered grey standing seam zinc. Windows and external doors are triple glazed high performance timber, painted grey. All insulation levels will be to Passiv Haus standards if...

Why you should realise your property ambitions with a chartered architect…

Looking to improve your home? Or maybe you want to build your own? Do you have a commercial project you need to get past planning and make a reality? Your first job should be to speak to a chartered architect. Architects are professional problem-solvers. They know what’s possible with the space you have, and will use imagination and expertise to make the most of it. An architect will stretch what can be achieved with your budget. The result of their work will be a successful commercial project, or an improved lifestyle and a sound, life-long investment. Matthew Jones Architects does this with a service that extends well beyond a set of drawings. We handle planning and paperwork, and professionally manage the project on your behalf. That’s how we bring value for money and peace of mind to our customers. It’s our job to help you realise your ambitions and guide you through the design and construction process. Our work is amongst the best in the country. It includes projects of all sizes, from domestic extensions and alterations, loft conversions, remodelled homes, barns and chapel conversions, bespoke house design, student accommodation, eco design, grant-aided projects and lease plans. We are on the RIBA Conservation Register and have extensive experience working sensitively with Listed Buildings, conservation and restoration projects. Costing a small fraction of your project, employing Matthew Jones Architects is money wisely spent. Here’s why: •          We are trained to see the bigger picture and consider ideas you may not think of •          We can help you find and win property improvement grants you may not be aware of •         ...

Swn y Mor Demolition and Rebuild

Location: Great Orme, exposed limestone slope facing west to the sea Site: Swn y Mor, a dilapidated and outdated bungalow built around the 1800s The brief: The building was handed down to a family member who wanted to redeleop the site on the basis that the existing refurbishment costs to bring it up to modern standards would be prohibitive The opportunity: The site commands outstanding panoramic views over the Irish Sea. The slope creates its own challenges, yet such sites often lend themselves to a sustainable design solution that will stand the test of time. The main planning considerations are the effect of the proposed development upon the character and appearance of the area. The proposal: Demolition of the existing bungalow and construction of a new modern, two-storey detached family dwelling. The design incorporates a new improved parking area and garage built in to the site at the lower entrance level. In keeping with the demolished structure, the new building is organic in nature with distinct blocks set at slightly different angles. It steps back to account for the slope of the land. Primary living spaces such as living and kitchen/dining areas are on the upper level, accessed from a sweeping staircase in the hallway which acts as the central hub of the house. The bed spaces are on the lower level, accessed via a central corridor off the central hall. Using the slope of the land, the upper level can be accessed via extensive, decked roof terraces. Bi fold/sliding doors open out on to the terraces to create a physical connection between outside and inside space. Benefits: The...

Welcome to Architect in the House 2013!

Is there something you’d like to change about your home? From solving the (never-ending) problem of storage, to knocking down a wall or adding an extension – most of us have something we’d love to improve. Knowing where to start can be tricky. But Architect in the House, brought to you by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Shelter, provides an exciting answer – and taking part is brilliantly easy. Once you’ve registered you’ll be matched with a local RIBA chartered architect. They’ll arrange to visit you to discuss your project, and find the best way to solve your style, space or light dilemmas. And if you feel like giving something back, you can make a donation to Shelter. £45 is the suggested amount – enough to help at least two homeless families find a home this year. You can find lots of inspiration in our gallery, and find out more about how the scheme works in our homeowners’ section. Ready to take the first step? Register here. Happy...