Months of staring at the walls – and each other – can inspire even the most reluctant renovators to embark on home improvements.

Rising costs associated with moving home, coupled with stagnant house prices, have prevented Londoners from upsizing in recent years. Instead, many homeowners have gone down the extension route to add precious extra space.

While strict coronavirus lockdown measures are in place, it’s a good time to do your homework on the type of extension that will make your space work harder.

Home renovation and online design platform Houzz reports an 82 per cent surge in searches for “home offices” in recent weeks. Meanwhile, the number of people seeking inspiration for kitchen, garden and bathroom design ideas has also soared, by more than 76 per cent compared to this time last year.

“Green bedrooms” has emerged as the top trend for spring, with a 92 per cent increase in searches since March last year – proving many of us are invested in bringing the outside, in.

The good news for keen home decorators is that many paint brands are still delivering. See our full list here.

So far this year, Homes & Property has featured a host of renovation projects to inspire homeowners who want to unlock the potential of their current property.

Interior designer Rachel Chudley and her husband bought a derelict east London workshop, adding to its height and extending it to create their vibrant, boho-style home.

Challenging skinny homes feature on our list, too, with one couple maximising every inch of space in their quirky Brixton house which, though long, is only 9ft 8in wide.

Epic projects include an “origami-style” kitchen and dining room extension that totally transformed a five-bedroom family home in Bromley.

Whether you’re looking to extend, get more from awkward spaces or future-proof a property with eco-friendly or hi-tech renovations, see our gallery above for ingenious ideas used in home makeovers by award-winning architects and designers.

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