There are many reasons you might start to feel a bit claustrophobic in your home. It could be that there simply isn’t enough room for all of your belongings anymore, or perhaps it’s because your family is growing, or you have started a home business and need somewhere to put your supplies and products? Whatever the reason, running out of space at home can be frustrating and even a potential health and safety hazard. If you need to create more space in your home, below are a few options you might want to explore.
The first place to start is going through all of your stuff and deciding what can stay and what can go. It’s very easy to collect a lot of random junk over the years, and although you might have insisted, you’d use this or that at the time of purchase, you rarely did. You might even have been gifted certain items that you felt you couldn’t give away but never liked or kept paperwork you thought would be useful but no longer is. You need to be ruthless when it comes to decluttering, so unless it’s something that holds sentimental value, if you haven’t used it for the last year, it needs to go.
Attic or Basement Conversion
If clutter isn’t your problem, it’s a lack of room for the people in your home; consider looking at having your basement or attic space converted into an extra bedroom. These areas are traditionally used for storage, but if yours is empty or even just half full, you might be able to put the vacant space to better use. These are relatively easy home improvement projects to do and could help to add value to your property as well.
Granny Flats are a small, modular living space that you can add to your property in the garden. They can be designed to suit your needs and specifications, but they are excellent at providing additional living areas to your home. They can make fantastic home offices, or even playrooms or dens for the kids to enjoy with their friends. You could even use one as a guest suite if the rooms in your main house are all spoken for.
Another option for creating more space in your home is by having your property extended. This kind of renovation is great if you need a bigger kitchen area or bathroom. You can also add additional bedrooms, studies, a utility room, pretty much anything you need. Depending on your budget, you could extend both floors of your property, which will provide even more space in your home for more comfortable living.
If you want to add a games room, home office, studio, or guest suite to your home, and you have a garage that is unattached to the main house, this could be another opportunity for a conversion project. If you don’t usually keep your cars in this space, and it sits virtually empty, utilize it and add some more character to your property.
There are many ways you can increase the space in your home, and most of these options will also add value to your property as well. Think about which option will work best for your needs and your budget.