Updated: Dec 14, 2022
Learn what products and technologies to invest in on your next home or new build project.
If you are about to embark on a refurbishment or new build project, you will soon realise that there are many modern and sleek products in the construction and home markets. You might also be becoming aware that things can add up and push your overall budget up exponentially.
We gathered our top 10 products and solutions for you to invest in to stay trendy, chic and smart whilst increasing the value of your property’s interiors.
1. Smart Home Devices
These devices make our lives substantially easier and more efficient, saving us time and energy. You can unlock your door from your phone, put a timer for the kettle, make a coffee by tapping your tablet, set up a timer for the lights before going to bed or control the temperature automatically as the weather changes. Who wouldn’t want this comfort? Of course, we all do - but they are primarily hard-wired, so a renovation project is the best time to invest in it.
These gadgets will add functionality and a touch of luxury to your property, as well as increase the value of your real estate will rise right away. These devices include smart lighting systems, smart fridges, smart coffee machines, smart doorbells, smart fire detectors and others. One of the leading web platforms is IFFTT, which can be used with more than 360 devices without a fee. In conclusion, a smart house has a lot to offer, which will always be an excellent way to boost the value of your property
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2. Luxurious Solutions for Your Window Treatment
A beautiful glass ceiling or skylight will always be a great focal point of the room. At the same time, they are impressive architectural structures that will let endless natural light in. However, especially in south facing rooms, it might get unbearably hot, and bright and even help damage your furniture. With all the new glazing invading the renovated houses, concealed blinds and shades are a good solution for window treatment. For instance, Blindspace has developed an innovative, functional and attractive solution that works even with those awkward slopped corners and windows.
These blinds can be used to black out a cinema room completely, softly filter sunlight, decrease glare, and protect against UV fading of the interiors. Most installations use electric motors, while small roof roller blinds can also be operated manually. Each blind may be independently controlled or grouped and regulated all at once using a wall switch, remote control, or any home automation system. Motorized blinds can insulate your rooms throughout the year, regardless of the season, making it comfortable at all times, whether it's a chilly winter or a warm summer day. As a result, it also saves energy and contributes to the property's value.
As for more traditional interiors, we like to dress up our windows with curtains. The question is, "How can a curtain add value to the house?" Let us share some tips with you. You can install hidden curtain tracks that will give a more sophisticated look to your room. All you need is a dip in the ceiling plasterboard or to push back the cornice, creating a gap to hide the track behind it. It can be just a concealed track which is more cost-effective than the others but still give an upgraded look. Even better if you go with a silent track by Silent Gliss.
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3. Built-in Ceiling Speakers
One of the top wireless audio companies and most well-known sound systems is Sonos. Your music-listening and movie-watching experience is improved more than ever when you use an app that interfaces with bigger smart home systems.
The technology adjusts the sound to the particular space acoustics so that your content always sounds perfect. Sonos offers various types of speakers with different sizes, sound qualities and colours, with the option to connect through Wi-Fi. The speakers can be built into the ceiling and look rather sleek.
4. Kitchen Faucet with Amazing Features
When it comes to the kitchen, we like to use the newest mixers, coffee machines and so on to make cooking easier. However, although they increase the cooking experience, they are hardly a differential nowadays. Differently, the Beale Measurefill Kitchen Faucet by American Standard has a sleek, contemporary tube-style design with several unique features.
For example, it dispenses an exact amount of water up to 5 cups. It also has touch functionality which can help keep the kitchen tidy. As for safety, it will shut off after 5 minutes when it is turned on with the touch function. You have different options to choose from water pressure, and it can also be pulled out as a hose.
Another way to increase the quality and value of the kitchen is using Quooker taps. This beautiful, advanced tap will filter your water and produce boiling water within seconds. You can choose from different designs, whichever fits your kitchen best.
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5. The Best of Heating
Underfloor heating systems have plenty of benefits for homes, such as low maintenance costs, energy efficiency, and comfort. Compared to traditional radiators, underfloor heating reduces the risk of allergies as they don't generate air flow or air currents, and dust mites are not blown around the house. Hard surfaces such as stone or ceramic tiles, or engineered wood work best with underfloor heating but all floor types suit it.
Another valuable point compared to radiators, they are safer as there is no explosion to hot or sharp surfaces as they are hidden. In conclusion, underfloor heating is an excellent investment as it will increase the resale value of your house, you will have more space and face less expenses with maintenance. They can also be installed with solar panels and work even more energy efficiently.
6. Dimmable Switches and Matching Sockets
When it comes to light switches and sockets we have a big variety to choose from, regarding to function and design and they definitely lift the look of a room using a stylish model.Dimmable light switches can make a huge impact of the atmosphere depending on themood you want to achieve whether it is a relaxing or a brighter tone.
Lutron has a beautiful and elegant selection and they are compatible with smart technology, starting from Alexa, Google, Apple all the way to Zigbee, if you wish to use them together. Sockets can be chosen with the same style and colour, with USB ports and are also available with child protection.
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7. Glass and Modern Balustrades
It is known that properly executed home improvements can quickly increase the value of your house by thousands of pounds. You can be sure that glass balustrades are the ideal choice for smooth integration into your home. Using glass balustrades to spice up your interior will help to make it look airier and more spacious.