Reclaiming Unused Space
If you need more living space, but don’t want to move, the answer may be right below you. One of the easiest ways to create more room in your home is to utilize the space you already have but don’t frequently use. Converting the unused space of the attic, garage or basement into quality living space are all cost effective ways to add valuable square footage to your home.
Adding Built-in Storage
When converting your unused basement space, consider the possibilities for adding multiple storage options. Most basements are wide open space and multi-purpose divisions can easily be created by adding walls or half walls. You can add built in storage along each wall that can easily be closed off so that the clutter isn’t in plain view. Custom built-in units under the staircase can add storage and extra seating. Built in floor to ceiling shelving is attractive and can eliminate all clutter.
Basement Remodeling Ideas
For most families the basement is a catchall for seasonal decorations, discarded toys, and anything else that’s not being used. That’s the perfect space to create a game room/playroom for the entire family. Small children need space to spread out while they’re playing and love having their parents nearby. Adding a pool table for the adults to enjoy while the kids play contentedly nearby allows for fun time for the whole family.
If young children aren’t the focus for your basement remodeling project, there are other ways to convert the underutilized space. The dark space of the basement would make a perfect home theater, indoor bar or a crafting and project area. Invite your friends over to watch the big game or for a book club meeting.
Is Basement Flooding an Issue?
Before you begin any basement remodeling project, you need to evaluate possible flooding or drainage issues that could arise. Even if you haven’t encountered dampness or flooding in the past, ground levels change over time and erosion occurs. These landscape changes can eventually cause issues with basement flooding. Solving these problems before any basement remodel will prevent your hard work from having to be redone.
Garage Remodeling Ideas
If you have an attached garage, most likely it can be remodeled and customized to include the comforts of home your currently enjoy. Heating/cooling, plumbing, phone and cable wiring can easily be extended to the garage space. If you aren’t looking to add extra living space, your garage could be converted into a work shop that would be the envy of all your neighbors. Whatever your needs, the garage is like gold when it comes to converting underutilized space into your heart’s desire.
Note: If you are concerned about losing the storage space for your lawn and garden equipment, an outdoor shed is attractive and allows for these items to be stored out of sight while being protected from the elements.
Attic Remodeling Ideas
Ideas abound when discussing attic remodeling or conversion. The large open space in the attic is conducive to a number of remodeling projects. You may want to add the master suite you have always dreamed of, a secluded home office or a playroom for the kids. Most growing families don’t have the existing space for these luxuries which is why utilizing this unused space is ideal. With adequate heating/cooling and insulation, your new living space will be as comfortable as the rest of your home.