The best things to add to to your house to increase its value, from party barns to dressing rooms

If you’re having work done to your house, it should be for one clear reason – because you want to make your home . That said, it’s always reassuring to know that what you’re having done will add value to your house – after all, you never know when an unforeseen change of circumstances will prompt a move. And although we all know that a beautiful kitchen or bathroom can work wonders, things aren’t so clear with other popular additions. So our News & Property Editor Annunciata Elwes spoke to Britain’s top property experts to get their view on whether you’re better off adding a dressing room, conservatory, party barn, media room or gym. The answer was clear: apparently, buyers in Britain like their party barns more than any other room, excellent for fun occasions and versatility. Close second is the dressing room (you’ll need to get ready for the party), followed by the conservatory – another distinctly social space. Joint last are media rooms and gyms – that’s not to say they’re unwanted, merely that most people’s priorities lie elsewhere. Read into that what you will… Party Barns: ‘If you have a large-ish family, it’ll be in use the whole time’ Lindsay Cuthill, Savills The party barn adds the most value, because it will probably be the largest extra space. We’ve seen them used for shooting lunches, fundraising events, storage etc and they also tend to be rather wonderful buildings in their own right. Bruce Tolmie-Thomson, Knight Frank A room that has many uses at different stages of life, the party barn is always there for the big birthday celebrations and weddings. Alastair Summerfield, Strutt & Parker Party barns are versatile, dry (and hopefully warm!) spaces that can be used for a variety of purposes, not just celebrations – a gym, a home office. They can also bring in extra income through letting. Jonathan Bramwell, The Buying Solution They have so many uses, from parties to table tennis. For anyone with daughters, they can double up as somewhere to hold a wedding reception. If you have a large-ish family, it’ll be in use the whole time. One of my clients uses his for work gatherings. Another went as far as to AstroTurf his and said it was the best investment that they ever made. Nicholas Leeming, Jackson-Stops Party barns provide a great facility for entertaining both young and old, while also having longer-term potential as granny or staff annexes. Adam Buxton, Middleton Advisors Party barns are a definite bonus – proximity to the main living space will often dictate their function. The closer they are, the more they tend to be used for dining or as a widescreen television room. Further away, they’re more flexible. A large open fire is a must and a small kitchen and loo are good, too. Louisa Brodie, Banda Property In the country, a party barn wins every time. Even if it isn’t used for parties, it will certainly add value in terms of … Continue reading The best things to add to to your house to increase its value, from party barns to dressing rooms