Many of us outgrow our homes. If your family has expanded, or you’ve run out of room because you’re working from home more, you don’t have to resort to drastic measures and put your house up for sale. There are alternatives to moving if you love where you live. Here are some top tips to create more usable space in your home.
If you’re looking to add a substantial amount of space to your home and you want to add value, you could consider renovations, such as converting an attic or basement or adding an extension. If you have room at the rear or side of the property, extending is a great option. You could create a larger kitchen-diner or add a living room or an office, gym or playroom. You could also use the extra space for a guest suite or a studio for creative activities, music or yoga, for example. Basements are ideal for spacious kitchens, bars, games rooms, studies and play areas. Lofts make excellent bedrooms and offices. The cost of this kind of project varies hugely. It’s wise to get several quotes and discuss different ideas and options before you make a decision. It’s also beneficial to get an idea of how much value you could add to ensure that you don’t spend more than you will recoup when you sell the property.
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A lack of storage can make you feel like your home is too small and you’re surrounded by clutter. Investing in storage solutions is a brilliant way to maximize your living space, save time on tidying and make your home look attractive and inviting. You can add storage by buying furniture that contains compartments and drawers, hanging shelves or wall-mounted units or adding tubs, crates and boxes to living rooms, playrooms and children’s bedrooms. You can also use ingenious hacks like fitting racks and rails to walls in your closets and garage to store coats, shoes and tools. If you’re short on space and you don’t want to throw anything away, look for self storage facilities in your local area. If you have a storage unit, you can keep possessions safe while freeing up room at home. This is a great idea if you have furniture or items like paintings that you want to keep but you don’t want to display at the moment.
Buying versatile furniture
Buying versatile furniture is a fantastic way to make your rooms more functional and increase the amount of usable space you have. You can use kitchen and dining tables that double up as desks for working and doing homework, or add a sofa bed to an office to create a room that can be a study or a guest room. You can also buy pieces that contain storage to save space. Ideas include beds with drawers underneath and TV units with built-in shelves.
Have you run out of room at home? If you don’t want to move to a larger house, there are alternatives. Explore renovation projects, add storage or rent a storage unit, or buy versatile furniture, which can be used to create functional living spaces.