In this tight economy, homeowners who are face “growing pains” within their living space are finding new and innovative ways to “increase” the size of their homes rather than making the much more expensive choice of buying a house with larger square footage. Many times it’s possible to rearrange spaces within an existing house to allow yourself a considerable amount of more living space. By opening up floor plans, moving stairs, even moving bedrooms and living spaces, it’s possible to create a plan that is appropriate for today’s living.
Let go of preconceived ideas of how rooms should be arranged, and you may be able to arrive at a solution that you couldn’t imagine before. That may mean that the master bedroom needs to go where the living room is. Or moving the kitchen may solve many layout problems.
Consider moving your staircase; it can often be designed to better connect different floor levels and improve your family’s traffic pattern even while allowing for expansion of a living room or landing.
Fireplaces are an attractive draw for buyers looking to purchase a home, but let’s be realistic. How often do you make use of yours? Is it more the focal point of the room or a charming decorative spot rather than a functional part of the home? Could you make do just as easily with a smaller one, or eliminate it altogether? With the advent of modern prefabricated metal fireplaces, it’s possible to remove an old masonry fireplace, and replace it (possibly in a new location) with a smaller and more efficient unit.
While it’s not always possible to eliminate a hallway, it is doable in some instances. Halls don’t generally make a house feel larger or more expansive. If you can connect rooms to each other without hallways, you’ll end up with space that feels larger and flows better.
By making bold and perhaps unexpected design moves, rearranging spaces, and thinking outside the traditional remodeling box, it’s possible to make better use of your home’s existing square footage and practically feel as though you’ve moved into a large house. Call Handyman Matters today at 1-866-FIX-MY-HOME for all of your exterior projects or enter your zip code above to find a location near you!