How to Optimize your Home’s Floor Plan for Maximum Living Space
Homeowners have a variety of choices when it comes to altering the interior of their homes or investing in a full-on addition. Before making the decision to increase your home’s footprint, consider how you’re already using your space. Adding on to your house is a big undertaking that could offer you major benefits in the long run but there are incremental changes you might be able to make in the meantime.
Remove Interior Walls
Open floor plans are a fantastic and cost-effective way to give your home a brighter, more easily navigable layout. Many new homes already come with open floor plans and creating one for your space improves your daily life and heightens your home’s appeal to potential future buyers. Opting to remove interior walls is a relatively simple way to open up your space and make it more visually pleasing.
Older homes were often built with a lot of dividing walls and knocking a few down benefits the aesthetic look and feel of your dwelling. If your home has many separate rooms, consider removing walls that disconnect spaces between the kitchen, dining, or living rooms. When planning to transition to an open floor plan, be sure to consult with a design build professional who will help you determine which walls are load-bearing and which are not. If you’re interested in removing a load-bearing wall, adding support beams is a viable option.
Convert Your Attic or Basement
As long as there is sufficient head room and stair access, a great way to expand the amount of livable space in your home is to convert your attic or basement. With most construction elements already in place, you won’t have to invest as much money into flooring, roofing, or wall construction. However, there are a few points that you must keep in mind when considering an attic or basement renovation.
Code compliance is high on the list of considerations associated with a renovation of this nature. Have a professional builder analyze your space and what it needs to be code compliant. Adequate entry and exit point are essential as well as proper ventilation. The necessary hardware investments upfront will save you time and money in the future.
A finished attic or basement enhances your quality of life without the need for a major overhaul like a full addition. These spaces can function as extra bedrooms, offices, entertainment areas, and home libraries. When it comes to increasing the value of your home over time, having a renovated attic or basement plays a big role in maximizing your home’s potential.
Repurpose Underutilized Spaces
Working with the space you already have may seem like a massive undertaking. But taking into consideration the time and finances you would invest into a home addition, sometimes it makes the most sense to analyze how you’re currently using the space you have.
Which rooms in your house see the least amount of traffic? Perhaps there is an extra room that you just use for storage, or a dining area that only sees activity on special occasions. Spaces like these can be transformed with a little imagination and elbow grease. Giving your existing spaces new purpose can be a fun project and will take a fraction of the time a full-fledged addition takes. Is your home lacking a library or fitness studio? Any dust-collecting rooms in your home could be better utilized with a little strategy, energy, and interior design work.
Making Your House a Home
When considering a room renovation versus a home addition, the factors of time, budget, and existing home layout all come into play. Discuss the pros and cons of each choice and move forward with the best option for your lifestyle now and in the next several years. Creating an addition might be the best use of your budget in the long run, so consider contacting a design build firm for the benefit of a professional opinion.
Contact us if you’re ready to update your home & to maximize your living space.