Most people like to invest in improving their living space, which offers several benefits; your comfort level is raised and so is the value of the property. As the years roll by, it can be a challenge to find new projects and with that in mind, here are a few great home improvement projects for this coming year.
- Build a home theatre – The spare room can easily be converted into a home cinema with wall and ceiling sound insulation (called ฉนวนกันเสียงเพดาน in Thai) sheets that can be cut to fit. Decide which wall to place the roll-down screen and have the projector on the opposite side; let’s not forget dimmed lighting and total blackout for the ultimate viewing experience. Start looking at the equipment and see what kind of investment is needed; then you can plan with some confidence.
- Loft conversion – This is the only improvement that increases your living space and that has a positive impact on the value. Three bedrooms plus a guest room in the attic is really 4 bedrooms and you aren’t using the loft space, so why not? If you have the DIY skills, you can save a fortune by carrying out the refit yourself, otherwise a local builder would be happy to design and quote for the project. If you are unsure about your DIY abilities, check out some of the ‘how to convert a loft’ videos on YouTube, which cover every aspect of the project from planning to finishing.
- Timber deck – Rather than going to the expense of real hardwood, engineered timber looks and feels like the real thing and is much cheaper. If your patio has seen better days, why not remove those old pavers and set some supports into the ground and build your deck framework. Engineered timber comes in many grain finishes and it doesn’t rot or decay, making it ideal for tropical climate here in Thailand. The material is easy to work with and will not fade, chip or crack.
- Build a conservatory – This enables you to blend the garden with the home and with double glazed units, the interior will remain cool for longer. There are specialist companies that design and install conservatories and you can make the most out of your living space with a glass conservatory.
Investing your time and money in home improvements is a smart thing to do and over the years, you can transform your living space into a luxurious palace.