There are a lot of reasons why families are all ears when it comes to ideas for expanding their space. Families are obviously fluid in the sense that yours might be getting bigger, relatives might decide to move back in, or you may have just undertaken a home business that requires turning one room into an office and finding more living space elsewhere.
Connect to the Outdoors
Realize that the advice found below can help with all of those situations. Bear in mind, though, that you don’t need to confine yourself to the indoors if you’re trying to get the most out of your living space.
An outdoor deck replete with furniture or residential paving are great ways to expand your living space while sticking to a budget and working with what you have.
Renovate Your Garage
Converting your garage into a new living space is an increasingly popular way that homeowners across the country are seizing upon in order to up their square footage.
If you’re on a budget, though, keep in mind that you’re bound to get the most bang for your buck by raising the floor height and insulating without adding a new bathroom. A new bathroom might not sound like a big deal, but it can double the cost of renovating a garage into a new room.
An electrical upgrade, by contrast, isn’t nearly as pricey as adding a bathroom to your garage, and more sockets is something that you really need out of a new room whereas you likely have one or more bathrooms nearby anyway.
Enclose a Porch
Enclosing a porch is usually even more economical than renovating a garage. Ensure it has heating and connects to your home.
Complement Your Existing Style
To get the most out of the transition from indoor space to outdoor space considering using a complimentary architectural style rather than an exact copy.
This might sound counter-intuitive from the perspective of making the transition seamless, but going with a complimentary style rather than an exact copy will give more variety and make your deck or addition seem larger rather than an afterthought.
Another advantage to going with a complementary architectural style or using different materials for your outdoor space and additions is that it opens up a wider palette of options. If you’re confined to, say, the same brickwork or paint color as your home, then you might be unduly limiting yourself. Change can be just the thing.