As a homeowner, you’re not alone if this extended period of time spent staring at the same 4 walls has prompted you to explore options for home improvements, refurbishments or renovations.
You may want to make changes to save money on energy bills. Many of us have seen an increase in our household energy bills through this period and this looks set to remain the case well into the foreseeable future.
With more families working and schooling from home, lots of people are understandably looking at ways to expand and gain more space through an extension, loft conversion or garden room.
But planning home improvements can be a long and confusing process. There's so much uncertainty and so many choices to make - How can I make sure my new extension or conversion is easy to maintain and keep warm? What solutions will help me save the most energy? Which builder should I call and how can I be sure they'll do a good job?
Free, independent guidance & support
Futureproof services are offered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy, a Bristol based charity with 40 years experience offering energy saving advice to households.
Whatever stage you're at in the process, our team of advisors can help with free, impartial advice and support - working with you to make the best decisions for your home and budget, while also ensuring work is done to the high standard you expect.
In the short term, we can offer virtual consultations and help work out plans for what can be achieved in the current climate of reduced access.
We can also work with you to create plans for long term action and connect you with our directory of sustainably trained Futureproof builders who can quote and book in work once Covid restrictions allow. Get in touch here to see how we can help you.
Interactive home improvement tool
Our new interactive home tool, brings together advice and information to help you explore possibilities for energy saving solutions and improvements throughout the home.
Take a look around and explore different options for making your home healthier, warmer and efficient to run – from insulating the floors and replacing windows, to upgrading heating and adding ventilation.
It's a valuable resource to refer to at any stage of planning home improvements – from consideration, planning application, research, to engaging with a builder.
As you explore the tool offers crucial considerations when planning any type of improvement – what should be upgraded before considering renewables, what type of ventilation solution will work for your needs, what planning regulations and materials should be considered when converting a loft space etc.