Storage is my speciality. It might sound strange but there is so much more to storage than a simple wardrobe in the corner of a room. As the property market gets increasingly competitive, it’s important to find ways for your developments to stand out. One example of that is about thinking ahead and being creative. Working out what someone might need and finding solutions to problems which a potential buyer may face. I have worked on a number of transformative projects which really lifted the value of the property and so, that’s why I am keen to spread the message that storage is key. Here are a few examples of the work I have done and the difference it has made to a property:
One of my clients had a problem with storage in the hallway and the only wall that could host storage was no more than a foot deep. I spoke to her and asked her what she wanted to store and since she had small children she was looking for somewhere to keep all of their shoes, gloves, bags etc. So I designed a one foot deep (30 cm) wardrobe and used the high ceiling to maximize the use of space. Together we found a carpenter who could build what we needed and I provided him with exact drawings. A few weeks later the wardrobe was in place, looking amazing. The boxes hosted everything the children had and the middle section acted as both a bench as well as a box which stored the kid’s rucksacks.
Living in a city can often mean that you need to compromise space but you don’t have to compromise the quality of living which you future buyer will have. By simply planning clever storage you can fit a lot into a small space, without making it feel crowded. I had the task of designing an eight year old girl’s bedroom which needed a desk, wardrobe, single bed as well as storage for all her toys. Since the ceiling height was 9.8 foot, I used it to create a custom made bed. It rested on the wardrobe as well as a set of stairs which double functioned as shelves and drawers for storing toys. All of that, in the footprint of a single bed. The drawings were sent to a carpenter who had it made and put together at her house a few weeks later.
Sometimes, the property is immaculate, and the developer is expecting top price but for some reason the property remains on the market. If that’s the case, re-thinking the layout of your property might be a solution. This particular two bedroom apartment was impeccable, beautifully refurbished by the owners. But the layout didn’t do it justice. There was a narrow hallway leading into the kitchen, making the living room small and difficult to furnish. By simply providing them with floorplans I could show them what an impact tearing down some walls would have on the overall feel of the apartment. It became a welcoming open living space and the kitchen cabinets were re-used as a kitchen island to minimize the cost. Of course, in a developer’s case, it is always a good idea to have an interior designer look over your initial plans to see if there are any changes you can make so that the space is more inviting to a future buyer.
When you are looking to sell a property, planning the space you’ve got is crucial if you want it to work. I can help you with this, providing you with what you need in order to take the next step towards creating an easier life for your future buyers. Investing in the beginning can help you prevent the property being on the market for a longer period of time, ending up costing you even more.
PIP Home I short for Perfection in Planning, and can help you with the process before your property goes on the market. Most people believe that the first step in selling is to put the property on the market, but my work starts before. I want your home to stand out on that market and in the end, sell to a great price.
Author: Pip Peters, PIP Home