Are you starting to run out of space in your home? You’re not alone. Most of us find we start to outgrow where we are living at some point and need more room. This is particularly the case with families – while toddlers don’t really need a space of their own, teenagers are a completely different story. Even if you aren’t too cramped at the moment, you may want to find room for a home office or even a home gym – and unless you find a way to create that space, you’re not going to be able to do this.
One of the easiest ways to create space is simply to reduce the clutter in your home. While this will not increase the actual amount of living space, it will help you to use it more efficiently. Clutter is about more than just leaving magazines lying around all over the place – it happens when you have too many things in your home that you don’t need. For example, do you really use all of the furniture that is in your living room, or would you be better to put some of it in storage – or even purchase a smaller sofa? Also, think about the way that things are arranged – if you find yourself having to walk around things all the time, then see if you can move things around to create a better flow in your home.
If making the most of the space that you have just isn’t enough, then you will need to add more space. One of the best ways of doing this is by finishing your basement. This can add 50% to your usable living area – and you won’t have to pack up and move somewhere else to do this. If you are not the DIY type, then get a good contractor to remodel your basement for you – in fact, basement living systems can usually be put in within a few weeks, so this is a relatively quick way of getting the room that you need.
Another way of adding space is to build a sunroom onto your house. This can add value to your home, and also is a great way to enjoy the outdoors without ever having to go outside. If you live in a cold climate, then a sunroom is a perfect place to drink in the sun during the winter – and it can even help to heat your home since it acts as a greenhouse. On the other hand, the space is not as versatile as a finished basement, and building one can also take a fair amount of time.
Finally, if you have an old house, see if you can convert your attic into a living space. For instance, this is a good place to put in an extra bedroom or a home office. If you do this, then you should probably have windows put into your roof to let in the light. You may also want to have your roofline changed to create extra headroom.
Now, you may be wondering at this point how you’ll ever be able to find the money to add more space to your home. Well, these days, it turns out that it is much easier to get a loan to fix up your existing home than it is to get mortgage to buy a new one. In other words, banks would rather you fixed up and added equity to your existing home than move to a newer, bigger home. In fact, according to the folks at BB&T, people who take out a home equity loan through BB&T are increasingly using them to “finance renovations, upgrades, and other home improvements, all while increasing their homes’ overall value and attractiveness to potential buyers–even in the tightest of markets.” Even if you aren’t looking to sell your house, a home equity loan is a good way to finance your addition.