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The Home Improvements You Need To Update A 1970's Home

Our streets are dominated by properties built in the 1970’s, a period of time when house building was booming.

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Some of these houses will have been left practically untouched ever since in terms of their overall makeup and may not be delivering the level of thermal efficiency needed in the current age.

40-50 years on, those living in such homes may be asking themselves the following questions:

  • How do I go about improving it?
  • Which home improvement products should I choose?
  • Which home improvement products are most likely to increase its resale value?

To transform your 1970’s home into a residence better suited for 21st contemporary home living, we suggest that you incorporate any or all of these home improvement solutions:

Home extension

Space may have shrunk since you first moved into the property due to a growing family and no amount of decluttering seems to be helping.

Where it’s feasible, you could perhaps consider expanding your home with an appropriate conservatory or orangery design. You can then use this space however you like such as an extravagant dining area or lounge.

Property experts estimate that a conservatory / orangery can increase the resale value of a property by as much as 7%.

Roof light

The way some 1970’s homes were built causes certain rooms to be deprived of natural light and somewhat uninviting.

Fitting a roof light into the ceiling of the room will provide the sun with a pathway into the space and leave it feeling much brighter and welcoming. This injection of light will also make the room feel more spacious.


Added space can also be created at the front of your home with the installation of a porch. It’s a highly affordable way of expanding a property and proves very useful for storing items such as scarves, coats, hats, shoes. This saves them cluttering up other places in the house and gives you easy access to them when exiting the house.

Windows and Doors

Double glazing wasn’t that commonplace in the 1970’s and experienced its boom in the 1980’s. Therefore many 70’s builds have yet to be upgraded to double glazing and still have single glazed windows and doors.

Single glazing provides poor thermal insulation, letting in cold draughts, ultimately costing you in energy. Double glazing on the other hand vastly improves thermal insulation and cuts the cost of fuel bills. New windows and doors will also obviously improve the aesthetics of your property.

You’re always welcome to have a discussion with a Permaframe consultant to uncover more inspirational ways of redesigning and rejuvenating your 1970’s home. Call us or visit our Frome showroom.


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