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Rebecca Foster unveils some ideas to help you update the visual appeal of your home
OB Architecture created this glazed extension so the occupants could enjoy views of the garden. Wooden decking, paving and masonry elements help the outdoor space complement the original building

Whether you’re making a few quick upgrades to boost your home’s saleability or looking to undertake a larger project that will add long-term value, enhancing your dwelling’s kerb appeal tends to be time and money well spent. What’s more, under permitted development (PD) rights there’s plenty you can do to makeover your property without having to apply for planning permission, although schemes that radically alter the house’s exterior will still require the local authority’s consent to go ahead.

The jobs you decide to tackle will largely come down to your own needs and priorities, but it’s worth bearing in mind that the right improvements are likely to be reflected in the overall value of your home. This month, I’ve put together a collection of ideas to spark inspiration for your project.

1 Refurbish your driveway

As well as providing a visually-pleasing frontage to your property, off-street parking can be a valuable amenity – particularly in urban locations where space is limited. If you’re re-laying your driveway, block paving provides an opportunity to make a design statement, as it can be laid in an array of patterns. Stone-effect concrete is at the lower end of the price scale, but expect to pay more for real stone products or examples that feature more complex embellishments. Alternatively, a plain tarmac finish could provide a muchneeded quick fix.

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About Build It

The December edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project a success – including: • A unique modular home (page 20) • How to get basement extensions right (page 62) • 15 renovation ideas to add value and kerb appeal (page 66) • Will smart heating save you money? (page 73) • The latest woodburner trends and costs (page83) … and much more!