Many of us are finding that we are outgrowing our homes. Yet the thought of having to move, especially with the stress and costs involved, isn’t appealing. So, what is the answer? How do you make the most of your home? And how do you make sure you’re spending that money in the right places?
Look at these three value-adding ways to add create more space.
Turn your junk room into a haven
We live in a world where we are constantly acquiring new things. But at some point, we begin to accumulate too much stuff and that’s when one of the rooms in the house begins to turn into the junk room. It may be a box room that we think is otherwise useless, it may be the loft, or even the garage.
The first and most simple improvement you can make is to clear this space out and make it useable again. It’s time to part with those items you no longer use. Once cleared out, a box room can be turned into a calming haven or nook for reading. Lofts can be converted into yoga or meditation spaces with the aid of a basic conversion, and even easier, a garage can be turned into a proper utility space, freeing up room in the house.
Bring the outside in
Think about adding a conservatory or orangery to the back of the house. This can be a cost-effective way to add an extra room and done well it can provide a light-filled space that bridges the garden with the inside.
The conservatory cost doesn’t need to be expensive, although if you have a period property you may wish to spend a bit more to make sure that it suits the style of the original house. The most important thing to consider is how well you utilise this room. Creating a relaxing, plant-filled, natural space can add to your well-being as well as give you extra room in your house.
Remove an internal wall
This may seem like a scary prospect, but if it isn’t a supporting wall, this can be a great solution to a lack of downstairs space. For example, if you have a cramped kitchen and unused dining space that would work better as one large kitchen-diner, then this is a sensible move to make.
Removing internal or partition walls in this way will also add value to your home as it creates a more modern, open plan feel, popular with house-buyers. Most importantly, if it makes your living space better for you, it must be worth doing.