It is a long time since inflation was at such a low level. There are suggestions that it will even go into negative figures in the coming months. In contrast, wage rises are beginning to move ahead of the rate of inflation. If households suddenly find themselves with more disposable cash it is perhaps time to think about home improvements. After all, another factor is that while interest rates remain so low – money is ‘cheap’. Last year the expectation was that interest rates would slowly begin to rise early in 2015. That prediction moved back to the summer some time ago.
The oil price is low and even though the UK is moving ahead well, mainland Europe is not doing so well. In this environment rates could well stay the same for the rest of 2015 and only rise very gradually after that. The prospect of deflation is sometimes worrying but not in the case of the UK. Deflation is not going to come about because of depressed demand, as on the continent, but because of such things as reduced business costs and because of cheaper petrol and diesel. In the UK it is good news.
There are many ways to improve a house. If there is available land and the family is growing, an extension is sometimes much more preferable than moving house from a familiar neighbourhood. Certainly there is far less hassle involved. It is fairly simple to draw up plans for an extension and submit them for planning approval. Unless the plans are totally unrealistic there are unlikely to be objections from any quarter.
Companies such as http://www.sierrawindows.co.uk have a range of patio doors that will provide an excellent link from the existing house into the extension and then from the extension out into the garden. They will be in keeping and style with the existing house. Wood effect is no problem and there is no question of draughts with modern doors from a quality manufacturer.
Natural Light and Comfort
One of the other beauties of doing work like this is that it often allows more natural light into the house. Double glazed units prevent any major loss of heat so even if the extension is largely made up of glass it will still provide comfortable living space, even in the middle of winter. Good patio doors will ensure that movement from the existing home right through to the garden can be done with the minimum of fuss. On a summer’s day with the BBQ lit on the patio, the kitchen will be easily accessible for bringing out the food to be cooked. If the rain does come, it is just as easy to move everything back inside into the dry where friends and family can still enjoy the view of the garden and the rain but remain dry themselves.