A modest, cost effective, home facelift, involving a new first floor bathroom extension and some stylish revised rear fenestration improvements, has made an impressive value increasing impact on a 3-bedroom 1970’s property, located in the sought-after Pitville area of the Regency town of Cheltenham.
Explains Mint Managing Director, Simon West, “This was a varied rewarding and effective project in many ways. It involved a number of different elements, seemingly unrelated, but, which together have considerably enhanced the visual image and value of this property which was to be fair originally built of quite a basic ‘straight-line’ design”
The project involved two phases. The first phase took place to the front of property and involved the development of an extra upstairs bathroom above the property’s open porch area. This new extension was well-fitted and finished with ‘toes-warming’ underfloor heating and ingeniously accessed via a natty ‘sliding pocket’ type door from the landing of the main area of the home.
This whole new first floor ‘front of house’ bathroom extension had a timber frame. Its exterior was rendered to match the original finish of the property. There was also special feature cedar cladding on the garage area and also under the existing kitchen window of the home. A new open-styled entry porch was also developed complete with tiled floor and eye-catching bespoke glass panels to its sides.
Adds Simon,” Our aim was very much to effectively draw together the different areas of this frontage extension through the use of the extended matching render and the featured cedar cladding . These effects, on completion of the extension above the garage, has certainly helped to re-establish a co-ordinated, appropriate attractive look to frontage the property ”
The second phase of the project was all about enhancing the rather ‘flat-look’ fascia at the rear of this home. Improving this involved a whole re-design and build of the main feature bay windows on the ground and first floors.
Downstairs the finish was of standard brick and block construction, with the existing window being removed and the wall dropped. Upstairs the window bay was of timber construction and internally formed a window seat for the main bedroom.
space and light
Added Simon “All the glazing on these bay windows is aluminium and both roofs have a zinc covering. Both bays added excellent space and light to the rooms inside and produced a good looking, fresh contemporary image in terms of the overall exterior finish.
These kind of additions to any property, a modest extension and improved visual exterior works can really help, not only add modern styling and effect to a home, but also increase its value too. This two phased project has provided both more room and a total revision of the visual look of the property – and thus given it real additional sale value too.”
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