hobbies roomAs the summer holidays near a conclusion, it is time for a few farewells; the last of your fun packed barbecue parties, the dazzling sunny weather and possibly even the children who are packing up for university life or a gap year.   As you wish them luck for their new independent life you can’t help but look around your empty nest.  Where your home was once a frenzy of activity, it now rests idle, waiting for a new lease of life, so why not give your home a boost and make good use of that spare room?

Having worked hard to save for your home, now is finally the time for you to enjoy the fruits of your labour and create a room all about you.  Make good use of this new found space and create your own little haven; a plush office, a creative studio, a luxurious en suite, a state of the art gym or even a tranquil spa?  The options here are endless and ultimately it is all about you.  This could also be a fantastic opportunity to add value to your property, whilst you will incur an initial expense, if you optimise this space wisely you could potentially be adding value you to your home.  

Here are a few ideas to inspire you and help you create your own little haven.

home libraryA Library

We all need a little time for reflection sometimes, if you enjoy a light read or are just simply inquisitive, a library could prove a private and peaceful area. Make good use of ambient lighting that coupled with comfy chairs will create a warm and tranquil space.  As a result you could establish an elegant and grown up room, the perfect place to escape on a rainy afternoon.  This appealing quiet space also presents versatility, as it could quite easily be transformed into a guest bedroom when required.

Home Bar

A bar in your very home is probably what you dreamt of during your youth, so you could now, quite literally, be living the dream. If you regularly entertain friends or simply want a quiet space to enjoy a drink at the end of the day, you could have it all in the comfort of your home.

Hobbies Room

There are probably endless hobbies you gave up on as you entered adult life, with responsibilities such as raising the children, managing the house and the career becoming more prominent in your life. So thinking back, could you have been the next singing superstar or even an inspiring artist?  A hobbies room is a fun space for you to enjoy and fine tune a hidden talent or a craft you always enjoyed.

You could sound proof the room to create a music room; white wash the walls to create a sleek artist’s studio or photography studio; or even a beauty parlour to pamper yourself and friends in. The opportunities come no end, just follow your heart and make your dream come true.


Gym memberships are expensive, creating a gym in your own home could be the answer.  It would be quite simple to create, just strip back the walls and create a feature mirror wall, invest in some of your favourite equipment and there you have it a gym in your very home.  This is a great way to ensure you keep fit and are looking great, whilst simply making good use of your spare time.

A Luxury En Suite Bathroom

Whilst losing a bedroom is not the obvious means of adding value to your home, a luxury en suite (if you do not have one already) is that modern convenience many of us desire.  Dependent on the number of the bedrooms and bathrooms you have in your home already, this could prove a great appeal to potential buyers when you come to sell your home.  A luxury en suite could also be that ideal escape for you to retreat in a relaxing bath at the end of a busy day.  

A Private Lounge

Dependant on where you live, the views from the first floor of your home can be amazing.  If your home is set amidst open countryside with stunning views, you could benefit greatly by creating a first floor lounge.  This could be a great space for you to relax with your afternoon tea or rest your feet at the end of the day, as you enjoy the beautiful and tranquil scenery that surrounds you.  You could even enhance this space with a Juliet balcony and French doors to make the most of the room (STPP).

man caveThe Man Cave

A space to call your own, what man wouldn’t want his own sanctuary?  Whether it’s home to your collected memorabilia, the big screen TV for sports and computer games or even just a quiet place to shut off from the outside world.  Your own cave could be whatever you need to impress your friends or relax in an evening.  Your imagination, and possibly budget, is the limit. 

If you are looking to sell or would simply like a valuation of your home, why not contact one of our local branches for an independent valuation of your home or just some professional advice.

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