A growing number of people in the UK are choosing to renovate their current homes rather than move. The number of households carrying out renovation projects instead of buying a new property has increased from 3% to 15% over the last five years, representing more than four million households[1].

The cost of moving these days includes everything from solicitor fees, to stamp duty and removal costs. Then there are rising interest rates, Brexit and general uncertainty in the property market to consider – all of which are factors contributing to the growing trend of people choosing to improve their existing properties rather than moving.

If you’re looking at ways to improve your house or flat, it can be difficult to know where to start. We’ve compiled a list of top house renovation ideas for you to consider including some that could add value to your property or save you money on your bills.

House renovation ideas for different budgets and needs

Whether you want to make some practical adjustments to your home, fix some niggling faults or simply fancy a change, here are our top house renovation ideas for a range of different budgets and property types.


1. Bathroom improvement project

According to Hiscox, fixing up bathrooms is the No. 1 priority for 54% of homeowners wanting to improve their property.

If you’re renovating your house on a budget and want a quick fix, you might want to start with updating the tiles and adding new grouting, as research from Showerstoyou.co.uk found that 76% of home and interiors experts think this simple change will add the most value.

Other bathroom renovation ideas that could help to increase the value of your property include adding an electric or power shower, updating fixtures such as the sink, toilet, shower and bath, installing a heated towel rail and getting underfloor heating. Of course, underfloor heating can provide comfort throughout the home and could add further value when installed throughout the property.


2.  Kitchen renovations for your house

The kitchen isn’t far behind the bathroom when it comes to house renovating priorities, with 51% of homeowners wanting to renovate on this room.

The trend for large kitchens that also act as family rooms and social spaces has led to more than a quarter of homeowners undertaking renovation work to increase the size of their kitchen, and more than half opening their kitchen to nearby rooms according to the 2018 UK Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.

If you’re renovating a kitchen on a budget, a good place to start is updating the worktops. The report identified engineered quartz increasing in popularity as the leading worktop material.

Installing plenty of storage and large in-built cupboards to help reduce clutter and mess is also a popular improvement to make in kitchens.

As with bathrooms, underfloor heating is a popular addition to help maximise wall space and keep occupiers feeling comfortable all year round.


3. Improving the energy efficiency of your home

If you want to reduce your energy bills and your home’s carbon footprint, there are a number of improvements you can make to increase the energy-efficiency of your home. Loft insulation, wall insulation and floor insulation can all help to stop heat and energy from escaping and is a good place to start for house renovation projects.

You might also want to update your windows and any other glass to modern, energy efficient glazing. Although rather costly, by replacing an entirely single-glazed semi-detached property with double glazing with an energy efficiency rating of A++ could save £80 a month, according to the Energy Saving Trust. Insulation and double or triple glazing also have the added advantage of keeping unwanted noises out of your home.

Alternatively, if you’re carrying out DIY house renovations or you’re on a budget, you can make your home feel warmer and cosier by putting up heavy curtains, fitting draft excluders and moving furniture so it doesn’t block radiators.


4. Upgrade your heating system

As well as making changes to stop heat escaping, if you’re undertaking a house renovation project you can also upgrade your heating system. Underfloor heating distributes heat more evenly compared to traditional radiator systems, and also works well with low-temperature heating methods like heat pumps.

Ground source and air source heat pumps absorb the solar heat from the earth and air and uses a small amount of electricity to compress this heat into a higher temperature, which can be used for heating spaces and water.

Solar thermal panels are worth considering too; by using energy from the sun, they can provide up to 60% of your home’s hot water needs every year. Check out our finance guides to see if you can get any support with the costs of updating your heating system.


5. Update your décor

A budget-friendly way to update your home – and something you can easily do yourself – is decorating. Whether your interiors are looking a bit dated, tired or you just fancy a change, a lick of paint or new wallpaper can make all the difference.

If you want to make a statement with a splash of colour, you might want to consider coral, which is set to be popular after Living Coral was named Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019.

Other popular decorating trends include patterned wallpaper, metal accents, luxurious fabrics like velvet and natural materials, such as wood. When it comes to improving your home, decluttering and even simply rearranging your furniture can make all the difference.

Renovating your house can be a huge task, especially if you don’t know where to start. Begin by making a list of all the jobs that need doing. Tasks that will improve the energy efficiency and functionality of your home should be prioritised, as these will save you stress and expenses further down the line, as well as potentially add value to your house. If you’re looking for quick fixes and DIY home improvements, start with decluttering and decorating.

If you’re carrying out a large renovation project, then this is the perfect time to upgrade your home’s heating system. Explore the option for cost-effective central heating by filling out our contact form or calling us at 0161 768 1143. One of our Technical Account Managers can give you free advice on the suitability of renewable heating in your home. We also carry out free on-site feasibility assessments to ensure that renewable heating will save you money in the long run prior to installing.


[1] The Hiscox Renovations and Extensions Report 2018.

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