Without having to jump through the hoops and endure a renovation — adding a patio, pergola or opening roof entertaining area is the ideal way to not only boost your property value by creating fantastic outdoor entertaining areas — but to do so simply and cost effectively. Not only can our expert staff give insight into the fantastic options which are available for creating great outdoor areas, but we can show examples of some of the beautiful work Sunscreen has done in the last quarter of a century in the Sydney area.

Here are some tips to help you add significant value to your interior and exterior parts of your home:

1. Install a pergola

No matter whether it’s attached to your house or located separately in your yard, a pergola can be the perfect outdoor room addition your home is crying out for. Not only will it give you more liveable area, but it can create a statement piece that will stand out.

A covered pergola is especially valuable during the hot Aussie summer, offering protection from the harsh sun so you can enjoy the outdoors any time of day. Covering the exterior with creeping ivy and other climbing plants can also create a whimsical spot that’s perfect for relaxation, right in your garden.

2. Add a water feature

Water adds a relaxing feel to the home, and can easily be included in the backyard. One of the easiest ways to add water features is to install a water fountain. Fountains that are part of a pond or stand alone look fantastic any time of the year. For a big splash, a water feature wall can create a luxurious feel that will make your home seem like a five-star resort in an instant.

3. Get rid of internal walls for open plan living

Nowadays, renovated houses that have an open plan in communal areas such as kitchens, living and dining rooms attract a demand that lifts the property’s value. The good news is that you can remove non-load bearing walls at an affordable cost. Whereas walls that support the roof are often more expensive, depending on the wall length. Either way removing internal walls will create a bigger increase in the value of your home.

Some other affordable value-adding details for your home are as follows:

• Air conditioning
• Heated floors in the bathroom
• Top quality brand kitchen appliances including a built-in fridge and dishwasher
• Security system linked to your mobile
• Large bathroom tiles
• Proper ducted-ventilation for the laundry and bathrooms
• Butler’s pantry in the kitchen to provide an accessible but concealed space for appliances like a Thermomix
• New carpet
• LED lighting and smartphone control automation

Always remember, that your aim when renovating should be to get the biggest bang for your buck. No matter how little or how much you change your property, the changes should be highly visible for someone to see a real difference in the before and after status of the property.