If you’ve outgrown your current home, but love your neighborhood and don’t want to move; there are ways to maximize your living space. Here are some ways of maximize your living space without having to relocate.
Utilize Attic Space
Many of us have a large attic space that we use for storing holiday decorations and our children’s memorabilia. It’s generally not used for anything other than a storage space. If you happen to have a tall enough ceiling, you can turn that attic space into a cool bedroom, crafting space, or office. This will fall under the category of major renovation.
Clearly, a normal attic is unfinished space; generally with exposed insulation, maybe the air conditioning return, and exposed wiring. The roofline may need to be altered to give the headroom necessary. When addressing how you may need to raise the roof, it’s also a great time to hire roofing contractor to check the condition of the existing roof for any damage you may need to address first.
A subfloor will likely need to be installed as well as actual walls. Heating and air conditioning will need to be addressed as well. Access to the room is also going to be a major task. Adding a staircase isn’t the easiest construction project out there, but a pull down attic stair just isn’t feasible. But the cost of the entire project will likely be less than a down payment on a new home. It could be a good solution for you.
Utilize Outdoor Space
If there is room to expand your house into your yard, take it! Consider installing a conservatory or sunroom. Although you will lose some of your lawn or patio area, you will gain a nice sunny area that can be used as living space or a great office. A sunroom filled with beautiful flowers and plants makes for a calming area. It can even be used as a relaxation space or retreat for those times you need to decompress.
If you don’t mind a space that’s unattached to your home, adding a portable building is a great solution. Who wouldn’t love a she shed? I ended up doing just this for my studio. We bought a building that was unfinished inside. Then, we added insulation, electric, heating and air, and finished the walls with board and batten. I added store bought cabinets and countertop for my workspace. It’s perfect and it’s just a few steps from my back door.
Portable buildings come in all sizes and variations. Mine happens to have a barn shape and has loft space on each end. It’s great for storage. You can have them built exactly how you’d like them with as many windows as you’d like and different style doors.
Rearrange the Interior
The simplest solution to needing more space in your home is to rearrange your space. Look at your furniture. Is it the correct size for the space available? You don’t necessarily have to lose seating if you go with furniture with a smaller footprint. Sometimes, the furniture we have has a lot of bulk. Wide padded arms, and extra deep seats can take up room that really has nothing to do with the amount of seating.
Smaller end tables can usually give us the space we need for a lamp and a place for a drink. If you’re out of space, consider scaling down the size of your furniture. You can likely get rid of that extra chair or table as well. Freeing up space makes a room easier to keep tidy as well. Declutter and get rid of things like magazine racks and other really unnecessary furniture. You’d be amazed at how much space you actually have in a room when you clear it out.
Transform a Room
It’s possible your home has extra rooms like a formal dining room or study. If you find yourself in need of an extra bedroom, you can transform one of these rooms. You can add curtains across the entrance to the dining room to provide privacy. It won’t be soundproof, but it will add a measure of visual privacy for the one who’ll be using it. You may want to change out the chandelier with a ceiling fan to give it more of a bedroom vibe. You could also always frame in a wall and add a door to really create an actual extra private room. Even though this room won’t have a closet, you can still add a wardrobe for hanging clothes.
The same goes for an office or study. There’s no reason that this space couldn’t be used as a bedroom if needed. This room will also likely be minus a closet, but just like for a dining room, a large wardrobe can be added to hold hanging clothes. It’s a great solution and can help maximize your living space.
A garage conversion is another great way to add space. You can frame out a room in your attached garage for an office or game room. You’ll already have two walls and a foundation so there’s not much to do construction wise. You’ll need to address heating and air but other than that, it’s a fairly easy solution.
Whatever solution works best for you, maximizing your living space doesn’t have to break the bank. Find the one that works in your situation and go for it.