Outgrowing your home is a common problem confronting many people and families today. The simple fact is that most homes built in past decades are not designed to grow with their owners but merely add square footage without considering how this will impact their personal space and comfort level. In general terms, we have created smaller houses or apartments that are larger or smaller than they need to be. This trend has led to an increase in overcrowding among the average American family. Here are 5 options for adding more space.
Add Some Square Footage
As much as it is one of the most expensive ways to give your home new life, adding to your existing structure can offer you a range of benefits, from simply expanding the size of a kitchen or bathroom to creating additional bedroom suites. These extra room additions are often located off-site, such as detached garages or walk-out basements, so you’re not limited based on what’s already there. Still, you should consider limitations before deciding which option makes sense for your situation.
The most obvious benefit of adding space is that it allows you to create an entirely separate living area outside of where you spend most of your time at home. However, this adds costs to your overall project since you’ll have to build out any utilities (electricity, plumbing, etc.) and then pay for construction costs associated with building out a portion of your yard if it’s been part of the original design, landscaping, and other amenities. If you want to do something like this, it’s best to get all the measurements first and work within those parameters when choosing the layout.
Expand Up or Down
If your home has a small footprint compared to its actual size, chances are it could use additional height. Instead of thinking about adding an attic loft, an open concept floor plan is always a good solution to increase the livable space inside your home. Another alternative would be going vertical by adding a garage, deck, or balcony. You may also choose to go underground for a full basement, which offers many potential uses, including additional bedrooms or even another living space.
Take Out Certain Walls
Sometimes the only way to make a house feel bigger is to remove physical barriers between rooms. Removing interior doors, walls or partitions can allow light and views to flow throughout the entire space. While this does limit privacy, it opens up new possibilities for decorating. Perhaps you would love a gallery wall and have never considered doing one before, or maybe you’ve always wanted to live “open plan” but didn’t think it was technically possible.
Another way to expand your home without constructing a new one would be to convert an unused area into a different purpose. For example, converting a former laundry room, wet bar, or dining room into a bedroom or office will often provide plenty of space. A bonus of this method is that it brings the value up too because it gives the appearance of being larger than it is.
Buy an Expanded Lot
Finally, if none of the above options sound appealing to you, perhaps it would be easier to buy land somewhere else with a lot more space to play around with! There’s no denying that buying a piece of property elsewhere is usually the fastest and cheapest way of increasing the size of your current home. This can include purchasing an adjacent lot or putting in a driveway, swimming pool, garden areas, etc., to give your home more definition. Some people find that they’re able to improve a lot after the fact, though, so keep that in mind before making any big decisions.
These options will give you some ideas about how you might be able to add extra space to your own home. Of course, there’s no guarantee that every idea will apply to your situation; however, having alternatives on hand makes things much less stressful whenever you need to renovate or remodel.