Monday, August 22, 2022

Making More Space At Home: Options For Every Budget

 The pandemic has changed the way many of us live our lives and use our homes. Today, our homes are much more than bases to spend time with family, eat and sleep. They have taken on a much more diverse range of functions, evolving into workplaces and locations to study, socialize, exercise and relax. If you’re short on space at home, there are ways to make more room. In this article, we’ll explore options to suit all budgets

Adding an extension

Adding an extension is a brilliant idea if you have space at the side or rear of the house, and you’re happy in your home. If you have funds available, or you want to add value to your home as a means of investing in your future, it’s worth exploring the idea of making your home larger. You can add a single or double-story extension to create new living spaces. Extend your kitchen and add a dining and entertaining area, or create a new office or living room on the ground floor. Extend upstairs to create a playroom, a study or studio or extra bedrooms and bathrooms. The cost of an extension varies hugely, according to where you live and the size and scale of the project. The materials you choose, the amount of work required and the fixtures and fittings you select will also play a role. If you can do some of the work yourself, you may be able to reduce the overall cost. 

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Using a storage unit

Using a storage unit is a great option for homeowners who want to take advantage of more usable living space without spending a fortune or undertaking renovation work. If your attic is full of furniture you don’t use, or your living room and bedrooms cupboards and drawers are stuffed full of clothing, books or pictures you don’t need access to, it’s worth exploring storage options. You can find 24 hour storage if you need flexibility or access at all times, or look for units that cater to special requirements for valuable or old items. If you have a storage unit, you can keep everything from furniture and wall art to outdoor equipment, toys and clothes you don’t want to throw away safe while freeing up space in your home. 

Attic and basement conversions

If you have an attic or a basement, and you need more space at home, it’s beneficial to get some quotes for a loft or basement conversion. You can add substantial value to your home and create new rooms, such as larger kitchens and entertaining areas, bars, home gyms, studios, dens for teens, playrooms, bedrooms and guest suites. Compare quotes, think about how you want to use the room and manage expenses. You can reduce costs by opting for cost-effective materials, buying second-hand furniture and using your creative skills to paint walls and upcycle furniture. 

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Many of us use our homes for a wide range of activities. If your family has expanded or you need more space to study, work or exercise at home, it’s a fantastic idea to consider ways to make more usable space. To add value and create new rooms, you could extend or convert an attic or basement. If you have too much stuff, free up room by hiring a storage unit. 

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