Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Reclaim Space by Remodeling

Sooner or later most families find their homes are running out of space. The obvious solutions are to either add to the home or move to a bigger one. Both are expensive and moving can disrupt the lives of all those who live in the home. Before contemplating such extreme steps, why not look at making better use of the space that is already available? The three areas of a home where space is most often wasted are the basement, attic and garage. Remodeling them can be a convenient and cost effective way of getting the space you need.

The Basement

A typical basement is a dark gloomy place where things that are unwanted or rarely used are stored. Cleaning out all the junk that has accumulated there can be expected to reveal a significant amount of free space that can be used productively. A basement as some inherent limitations such as a lack of natural light. But creative thinking can often turn these limitations into advantages. For example, a dark space is ideal for a home theater. Here are a few things that a basement can be used for:

  • The cool dark environment of a basement makes it the best place for a wine cellar.
  • Because it is partially cut off from the rest of the home, a basement is ideal for any application that involves a lot of noise.  A music studio, play area or a hangout for kids and teenagers are among the many uses that can be considered.
  • A basement usually offers a large open space. This makes if suitable for a home gym or a recreation room where pool tables and other large gaming equipment can be placed without making the space feel cramped.
Before doing a basement remodeling, look for and repair any signs of dampness.

The Attic

Like the basement, the attic is often nothing more than a storage room. Here too, cleaning it out will often reveal a surprising amount of usable space. Among the things an attic can be converted into are:
  • A home office
  • A guest suite
  • A children play area
Before converting an attic into a usable space, ensure that the insulation and heating are adequate. Without this, the space can become to hot or cold for year round use. Additionally, the floor may not be designed to bear the load of heavy furniture or children jumping around and playing. A professional home remodeler will be able to evaluate the structure and advise on any strengthening or other modifications that may be required.

The Garage

The garage is a part of the home that often loses it original function of being a place to park cars and becomes a storage area. If you are willing to park in the driveway, a garage can be used for a multitude of things. Besides all the things that a basement or attic can be converted into, a garage can also be used for:
  • A laundry room.
  • A clean up room where people can leave there muddy shoes and other gear before entering the home.
  • A workshop – being at ground level means installing even heavy equipment is not a major issue.
  • A ‘man cave.’
If you are willing to take the remodeling a step further, you could think of raising the roof of the garage and installing a room above the parking area.

Every home need storage space and converting a basement, attic or garage to another use can mean that some of it is lost. But careful planning, the use of the maximum built in (and organized) storage space and getting rid of useless junk can provide for both adequate storage area and new usable space.

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