Top tips for remodelling a second home

From a penthouse in the city to a ski chalet in the mountains, it’s wonderful to have a haven to escape to. If it’s maintained and decorated the way you want it, a vacation home can become a sanctuary you look forward to visiting, as well as a reliable source of income. Here are our top tips for remodelling your second home.

Top tips for remodelling a second home
Make it fit with your lifestyle

First of all, consider what you’ll use your second home for. The number of bedrooms you need will depend on whether it’s used for solo getaways or family get-togethers. The size of the dining room and communal areas will come down to how often you entertain. If you need to store a lot of winter gear or sports equipment, a large garage should be top of your priority list.

Start with the kitchen

In any property, the kitchen is normally the room with the most human traffic. Therefore, it's a practical idea to start your remodelling here, so you have a working kitchen up and running while you continue altering the rest of the house.

Consider what features have been successful in your primary home, so you can use your experiences to create a balanced and spacious cooking area this time around. You could even go for a distinctively different interior décor from your current kitchen, as this is also a fresh space where you can unleash your creativity.

Keep things neutral

Of course, some of your styling decisions will rest on whether you want to rent out your property while you're not there. If so, your remodelling decisions need to take more than just your specific tastes into account. For a second home you plan to rent out, it’s a good idea to keep things neutral – or, at least, the parts of the house you intend your guests to use. A simple yet homely interior scheme without too many bold colours, prints or pictures is a safe-bet: we advise opting for shades of grey, brown and cream and aiming for a traditional and comfortable finish.

Consider the extras

If you're planning on renting out your second home, remember that you might have competition in your area. Remodelling therefore gives you an ideal opportunity to add some eye-catching or luxury extras that will help your listing stand out. Look into adding indoor or outdoor swimming pools, a hot-tub or Jacuzzi, a home theatre or more en suite bathrooms to increase the value of your property.

Whereas with your first home you only need to worry about your own priorities, your second home should be designed to appeal to a wide variety of guests.

If you're thinking about buying and decorating a second home, read more advice on how to redecorate your second home. Or for even more real estate and remodelling advice, take a look through the Engel & Völkers property search.

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