Have you been trying to figure out the best time to start repairing or renovating your home? Has a kitchen or bathroom home improvement project been on hold for a long time? Well, Spring is the season to finally get going.
As the weather gets gradually warmer, you’ll soon be greeted by the sights and sounds of home renovations all around your neighbourhood – and there are a few reasons why this is. In fact, Spring is perhaps the only season to start remodelling your humble abode into something special.
Below are some of the reasons why Spring is the best time for home improvement. And while we’re at it, we’ll touch on how our celebrity home remodelling experts can inspire you – in line with your unique requirements.
1. Good weather means a more efficient project
One of the best reasons to start a home remodelling project in Spring is the mild weather. Consistently bad weather can damage or delay external renovations, and Spring’s warmer temperatures mean fewer delays and less traffic on the roads for deliveries since more people can walk or bike now. Paint, plaster and concrete all dry faster, and what’s more, the ground is softer and Spring is the time for planting – so now is the time for changing up your garden too.
2. More light as the days become longer
Spring isn’t just about better weather – the days are longer too, especially once the clocks go forward. Increased and prolonged sunlight means it’s going to be easier for you to work on the different facets of your projects, particularly outdoors. Contractors will have more time available to get to your project, and you can muck in too, after your working day.
3. Finish before the cold seasons
If you’re undertaking a big renovation project, it’s smart to start as early as possible in the Spring. Home renovation is often more time-consuming than you expect and you don’t want to end up hindered by Autumn or Winter weather once the summer months run out.
4. Beat the home improvement crowds
Good contractors get booked up quickly, particularly in the Summer. It’s best to book your contractor at least a month or two in advance – and by getting things done early in the Spring, you can beat the crowds. Plus, by sorting out your home improvement in the Spring, you leave the Summer free to go on holiday, enjoy family life and relax in your improved home or garden.
5. Increase the value of your home
If you’re looking to sell, Spring is generally considered the best time to do so. Squeezing in a little but important home renovation can significantly increase the value of properties – often with a big return on what you invest. A well-timed Springtime renovation can help give you the best possible price when you sell your home.
Our celebrity home improvement professionals
Gabrielle Omar, Architect and Interior Designer
You might recognise Gabrielle from BBC’s DIY SOS or Discovery’s Quick Little Builds, where she demonstrates her expertise in home interior design and home styling. But she’s a highly successful architect in her own right, too. Gabrielle’s interior design business, Spot This Space, specialises in luxury interiors for high-profile clients, both private and corporate. Collaborating with reputed developers, Gabrielle’s ability to manage both the design and construction fit-out of projects is a huge asset.
Gabrielle has championed the role of architects in their local community through her Tea with an Architect project. She is an outspoken advocate for the need for quality housing for all – and knows how important it is for architects to be involved. This, combined with her passion for lifting up women in the profession, has earned Gabrielle a respected place among famous British architects who are a force for good.
Oliver Heath, Architect and Interior Designer
Oliver is an established biophilic interior design professional and a prominent sustainable architecture expert. Biophilic design – Oliver’s primary focus – aims to develop living spaces that both embody sustainability and benefit the health and well-being of those inside them. Oliver has been in the sustainable architecture and green interior design industry for more than 25 years, and is a prominent celebrity speaker in the interior design and Biophilic space.
Since 1998, Oliver has worked as a designer and presenter in numerous home improvement shows including BBC’s Home Front, BBC’s Changing Rooms, Channel 4’s House to Home, ITV’s Front of House and BBC’s DIY SOS. Oliver is currently undertaking a diverse range of biophilic interior design projects for several globally renowned companies. His company, Oliver Heath Design, is based in Brighton.
Mark Millar, Carpenter and Project Manager
Mark Millar may be a well-established TV personality, but he’s also a phenomenal project manager when it comes to ambitious builds. You may know him from Channel 5’s Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms with Mark Millar, where he follows homeowners carrying out kitchen and bathroom DIY and professional home renovations.
Mark was one of the trades presenters and projects manager on BBC’s DIY SOS and Channel 5’s Build Your Dream Home in the Country – which aren’t limited to DIY bathroom makeovers. Mark is a brilliant presenter, and his cheeky humour stands out on every home improvement show – as well as his deep practical knowledge.
Mark runs his own highly successful building firm in Bristol where he works with a broad range of prestigious clientele to make their dream homes happen. In addition, Mark has a slew of globally renowned celebrity clients and has managed scores of projects across the UK, the US, Spain and Europe. He is a trained carpenter, with a wealth of knowledge that makes him an invaluable asset to any building project.
Julia Miller, Carpenter and Joiner
Julia Miller is a professional carpenter and joiner – though she might be best defined as a jack of all trades. Julia is part of a team of presenting experts on Channel 4’s Tool Club, where she provides tips for completing DIY projects and upcycling at home without hiring professionals. She has also appeared on ITV’s Renovation Street and has made educational DIY videos for The Guardian.
In 2000, Julia started her own business making handmade furniture and kitchens at the same time as renovating her own house to resell. Eleven years later, she sold her successful carpentry business (and the house) and travelled to Asia with her family to pick up yet more skills. Julia is a firm believer in the power of home improvement, interior design and DIY projects to nourish spiritual well-being. Today, Julia wants to use her home workshop to give work experience to women, parents and older people, and also hopes to teach carpentry skills to teenagers.
Gemma Longworth, Interior Designer and DIY Expert
Gemma is a professional upcycler and interior designer who exudes a ‘have a go’ attitude. This is what makes her perfect for presenting on Channel 4’s award-winning Find It, Fix It, Flog It, where she restores and builds furniture using found items. Her love of carpentry, woodworking projects and upcycling wooden furniture is contagious, and has made the series hugely popular.
Gemma’s own business, The Button Boutique, provides art, crafts and upcycling workshops for all kinds of occasions. She loves empowering others to take home improvement and home renovation into their own hands, through DIY projects.
With a degree in Applied Arts and a Master’s in Textiles, Gemma is highly creative and passionate about art as a therapeutic tool. She previously held a residency at a local children’s hospital in Alder Hey, helping children use art as a form of distraction, entertainment, therapy and self-expression. Gemma has also written an activity book to help children experiencing bereavement.
Manoj Malde, Garden Designer
Manoj Malde is an award-winning boutique garden designer, TV presenter, public speaker, and writer. Manoj is well-known for his love of colour, using visuals associated with his Indian heritage. Before he became a celebrity gardener, Manoj worked in the fashion industry, originally training in Fashion Design at the Royal College of Art and eventually becoming a creative director.
Manoj left the fashion industry after 18 years – and found a new passion in gardening. Today, Manoj is a famous garden designer known for combining his knowledge of fashion and arts with horticulture, developing highly sophisticated colour palettes, designs and textures outdoors. As well as an RHS judge, Manoj is a presenter on BBC’s Your Garden Made Perfect, and has appeared on many other TV shows giving DIY garden ideas to the public. Since 2011, Manoj has been creating gardens for private clients and he plans to branch out his home and garden design work into public spaces.
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