Re-decorating a wall
Redecorating your home can add value.

If you are looking for ways of increasing the value of your home through building work, then you are in the right place. The value and beauty of home are not just about the cosmetic enhancements such as converting the loft alone. You also need to conduct some basic structural repairs and construction jobs to give it a new look. Below are some building enhancements that will increase the value of your home.

Adding and Off-Street Parking

Off-street parking is important, especially in urban homes where street parking has been prohibited. Creating single or double parking spaces in front or alongside your home can add significant value. You can even sacrifice part of the front garden and build a parking space there.

You will not need any permission to create a vehicular access onto your land from an unclassified road. However, all builders must comply with the local authority Highway Regulations when constructing the drop kerb. Building an off-street parking can increase the value of your home by at least 3%.

Selective Painting of the Rooms

One of the quickest ways of transforming a room is the addition of a fresh coat of paint. However, it isn’t advisable to paint your whole home before putting it up for sale. You can avoid spending thousands of euros when all you need to do is hit the front walls with the magic eraser and maybe redo one or two rooms.

The two places you should consider painting is the kitchen and the bathroom since they will always attract the eyes of a potential buyer. Make sure that you also paint any brightly coloured rooms in your house. Avoid painting the bedroom purple since it will keep off any potential buyer. Simply choose a colour that hides the old paint leaving a relatively smooth surface.

Retouching the Kitchen

The kitchen remains the king when selling your home. An attractive, hygienic and good looking kitchen will increase the value of your home. In case the kitchen is in a worse condition, you should consider replacing it. However, some few structural changes can give your kitchen a new look.

You can simply add new door handles and worktops. You can also consult our builders in Dublin for more layout ideas that can give your kitchen that stunning appearance.

Adding a Sunroom

Today, sunrooms act as a bridge between your home and the outdoors. The sunrooms form part of the outdoor living experience which includes fireplaces, upscale patios, and outdoor kitchens. Our builders in Dublin can construct both heated and unheated sunrooms. The unheated sunrooms are three-season while the heated ones are four-season.

The sunrooms may include features such as tile flooring and skylights. By adding a sunroom, you are typically increasing your home’s square footage. Adding a sunroom will cost you less than half the cost of adding a standard room to your home. These rooms are attractive to home buyers, especially those in cold areas.

A selection of inspirational garden bench design ideas to whet your appetite

Garden bench in autumn image by Elina (via Shutterstock).
A beautiful garden bench, photographed in autumn by Elina (via Shutterstock).

The humble garden bench: it can be as traditional as seen in the image above. Or modern yet refined. Or unusual and ingenious. In our latest blog post, we look at a few examples that fit any of the aforementioned categories. Continue reading “Beautiful Garden Bench Design Ideas”

The E-Book is dead, long live the E-Book – thanks to bookshelves

Hand Drawn Bookshelves illustration by Franzi (via Shutterstock).
Bookshelves have become an extension of our personality, as well as a catalogue of classic tomes. Illustration by Franzi (via Shutterstock).

Back in the late noughties, e-books and Amazon’s Kindle were hoping to revolutionise reading. Pretty much in the same way the internet changed the way we shop. It was anticipated that bookshelves would be obsolete, and that households would get their literary fix from devices like the Kindle, or an iPad.

Continue reading “Bookshelves Blitzing E-Book Sales”

With the new school term starting, could your attic be a new place for study?

Attic Study image by Photographee.EU (via Shutterstock).
Whether for the Junior Certificate or a quiet place for reading, turning your attic into a study could pay dividends. Image by (via Shutterstock).

Whether for the Junior Certificate or Transition Year, your child needs somewhere quiet to do their homework. Their bedroom may suffice but, if shared with a younger sibling, their homework could be disrupted. He or she may be more inclined to use the living room for their revision, where he or she could be distracted by TV, radio, pets, or the telephone. The answer may lie upstairs, in the attic.

Continue reading “Your Attic as a Place for Study”

Why choose Steven Cleary Carpentry for your child’s bedroom furniture?

Child's bedroom illustration by Olga1818 (via Shutterstock).
The only limit is your child’s imagination: Steven Cleary Carpentry can help you to create an imaginative bedroom for your son or daughter. Illustration by Olga1818 (via Shutterstock).

Steven Cleary Carpentry’s bespoke approach to furniture design is well suited to bedroom design. Especially where children’s bedrooms are concerned. We at Steven Cleary Carpentry are able to work with you on your child’s bedroom, with a choice of furniture that is easy to clean as well as hardwearing. This includes beds, wardrobes, and drawers.

Continue reading “Childrens Bedroom Design”

Is your idea of a coffee table more out of the ordinary?

Coffee table image by In4mal (via Shutterstock).
This coffee table is a rather prosaic one, compared with the design ideas we’ll be looking at in this post. Image by In4mal (via Shutterstock).

Substance or style: do you prefer the own brand tea or Barry’s Tea? Or wood veneer over solid wood? Could these describe your choice of caffeinated beverage, or your choice of coffee table? If you prefer outlandish tables as well as prosaic designs, we at Steven Cleary Carpentry are capable of doing both. As always, the only limit is your imagination.

In our little post, we look at a few unusual coffee table ideas, of the unusual variety. The quirky, the oddball, bizarre, and imaginative. Whether you prefer Barry’s Tea, PG Tips, or Twinings English Breakfast, put the kettle on and take a look. Continue reading “Unusual Coffee Table Ideas”

Would you have a table from Trump’s Taj Mahal casino?

Trump Taj Mahal table image by F11Photo (via Shutterstock).
The Trump Taj Mahal casino, Atlantic City NJ: referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World by the present-day President of the United States. Now, Hard Rock International wants to rid the casino of any momentoes of his ownership. Image by F11Photo (via Shutterstock).

“Place your bets, please…” what are the odds of getting a Donald Trump table over to the Republic of Ireland without punitive shipping charges? We shall let you draw your own conclusions. Lovers of kitsch, bad taste furniture (last seen in a 1987 Argos Catalogue), or anything by the President of the United States were in for a treat last weekend. National Content Liquidators held an auction of furniture and fixtures from the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Continue reading “A Trump Table For Your Front Room?”

How an improved entrance extension will add a touch of class to your home

Entrance Porches in Ireland. Image by Semmick Photo (via Shutterstock).
A-door-able: a classy entrance could be a stylish addition to your home. Image by Semmick Photo (via Shutterstock).

First impressions last. Not only in social gatherings but also in your surroundings. Some people might tut-tut at your home because of its shortcomings (the Keeping Up With The Joneses trope). The state of the entrance attracts attention.

Continue reading “Making a Grand Entrance”

A look at Toto reaching its century

Toto Toilet image by Charles Hudson (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).
A Toto washlet toilet. Image by Charles and Hudson (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

In our inner page on bathroom fitting, we at Steven Cleary Carpentry urge you to ditch the avocado bathroom suite. In other words, dragging your bathroom into the 21st century. Ever determined to stay ahead of the pack is Japan’s very own Toto. On the 15th May this year, it celebrated its centenary.

Continue reading “Toto’s Ton: 100 Years of Bathroom Innovation”

Some creative ways of making the best use of your attic conversion

Attic conversion image by PlusONE (via Shutterstock).
From spare bedrooms to studios, a newly converted attic is a more cost effective way to add space than moving home. Image by PlusONE (via Shutterstock).

The attic is a good place for an extra room. Once you have had an attic conversion, you may be wondering how to use the extra space. We at Steven Cleary Carpentry have a few suggestions you might like.

1. As a spare bedroom

The most common use of an attic conversion is as a spare bedroom. You may consider moving up from a two bedroom house to a three bedroom house an expensive option. Using your loft could be make for a good room for guests.

2. As a study

With June and July being traditional times of the year for exams and coursework deadlines, finding somewhere quiet for your homework or revision is a must. Your attic conversion could make for an attractive study, which is also suitable for…

3. Your personal library

Instead of cluttering up your living room or bedroom, why not turn your loft into a library? You could use your newly converted loft as a place for your treasured book collection or record collection.

4. As an art studio

If your attic conversion has a suitable level of natural light, an art studio could be a good use. This works well if you chose to have a number of roof lights or a dormer window. Some of the lower parts of the attic walls could be used for shelving, making best use of otherwise dead space.

Steven Cleary Carpentry, 26 May 2017.