If you are living in an old home that is causing you endless troubles, you might have been contemplating for a while what to do about it. There are several things you can change when it comes to the layout, the features, and the practical aspects, but it is important that you find out whether or not your investment will get you the results you are expecting. Below you will find a few tips on how to get started with improving your life, even if you are living in an old house.
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Renovating an old house is risky, as you never know what problems will come up. However, if you fell in love with the character of the building and the location, there is no point moving house; you will, however, need to check whether or not you are living in a listed building, as this will reduce the amount of things you can do. In some cases, you can install secondary glazing, but cannot change the windows. Your entrance cannot be moved, and the internal layout of the home might need to be preserved, so this might not be the right idea if you want to open up your space.
Home extensions can also provide additional space for your growing family. Cottages are not famous for having large rooms and plenty of open space. Adding a conservatory or extending your kitchen to enlarge the living room and let natural light in will not only give you more space, but also make your home appear more modern without losing the character. If you would like to match the style of your original home, however, you will have to spend a lot of money on unique and period materials and furniture.
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One of the reasons why some people don’t want to renovate an old home and modernise the features is that it would make the style somewhat eclectic. Before you decide to add Led lighting and smart home features, imagine how your home will look as a result. There is nothing worse than things looking out of place, but you can hide some of the modern features behind cabinet doors.
If you believe that you can get more money out of your period cottage if you sell it on and start again, you will need to consider the costs associated. You can find out how much a home report in Scotland costs, and get your home valued, so you can make plans for your future. If the home is no longer serving your needs, or you need to relocate for work, maybe you want to be closer to main road networks, you can sell your old home and find something that is more suitable for you. After all, there are many people looking for a home with a character.
You don’t necessarily have to sell your property to earn money off it. If you can let it out and it is in a sought after area, you will be able to cover the rent somewhere more suitable for you and your family. No matter if you are looking to let out to families or working professionals, maybe set up your own AirBnB business, you will be able to create a residual income without going through the hassle of selling.
You might also decide to repurpose the cottage to make the most out of its potential and move on. You can build a modern home next to the house on the same plot, and let it out as a B and B accommodation for families visiting the area. This will help you make the most out of your earning potential, and take advantage of the location you are so used to.
Restore Original Features
If you want your kitchen and bathroom to be more functional and stylish, you will have to think about the style you want to match and find interior designs that match your cottage style. When you upgrade your kitchen, make sure that the appliances are not visible, and you can hide them behind cabinet doors or in a separate laundry or utility room. You can also pay attention to the original beams, door frames, and windows, and create the ultimate modern cottage style.
Many people find themselves in a dilemma when living in an old cottage. They love the location and the peace and quiet, but the internal and external features are no longer suitable for their needs. Consider the above options to make the right financial and lifestyle decision.