Whether you always planned on remodeling or expanding on your home from the date of purchase or found yourself and your family quickly outgrowing the space, there are options outside of only buying something bigger.
Between strategic remodels and sometimes necessary additions, if you love your neighborhood and dread the thought of moving, there are several ways to make the space you have work for your lifestyle.
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Repurposing Existing Rooms
When your home’s layout doesn’t work for you, look to repurpose rooms so that it does. If you’ve never used your dining room for eating or entertaining, turn it into an office, play area, game room, or even an additional bedroom. Decorate your walls using your favorite personalized last name wall art.
Transform a too-small spare bedroom into closet space, a small game room for kids, or workout space. Reconfigure an extra closet to a laundry room with pocket or folding doors and stacking units and then repurpose the old, larger laundry space into something you need, like a pantry, mudroom, or additional bathroom.
Doubling Up Rooms
If your home is technically the right size for your needs, yet the rooms are too small, make them bigger. For example, if you never use your dining room, and the adjacent living room is ineptly sized, knock down the joining wall (if structurally feasible) to create one large room. Join a too-small kitchen with the adjoining dining room, sunroom, or other unused space to create an eat-in kitchen.
Frequently, even if you still use each space for its intended purpose, such as opening up the dining room to the living room yet still keeping that section to eat in, the lack of a wall can have a big impact on the feel of the space.
Maximizing Usable Space
Every home has a dead space that isn’t fully utilized. Find these areas, and remodel them to achieve the most function out of your square footage. Turn the space underneath the stairs into a closet, built-in bookcase, or even a small nook for your pet or kids to hang out and relax.
Finish your basement or attic, if you have one, to drastically increase your useable square footage, and turn large landings or open spaces in a hallway between rooms into a sitting area, play space, or office. Add shelving to rooms to fully utilize vertical space while keeping the floor area clear. It’s feasible to opt for built-ins, including Murphy beds, to make the best of your existing square footage truly.
When a home needs square footage, an addition is the best choice, and there are pros and cons to expanding outwards or upwards. The cheapest option is to grow outward, especially with an already two-story home; however, you’ll lose yard space.
To maintain your outdoor living space while expanding your interior square footage, opt for a new story. This is often more expensive and time-consuming than a ground floor addition due to the structural changes necessary to support another floor; however, you can double your square footage without losing your yard. Discuss this project with an architectural engineer to determine what type of addition is best for your space.