Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Making the Most of Your Home's Space

As a homeowner, there is a lot that you can do to make your home seem bigger than it is. Making the most of your available square footage can transform a tiny house into a house that can comfortably fit your entire family no matter how large it is. If you like to have guests over for dinner or drinks, making the most of your space allows you to entertain in comfort and style on almost any budget.

Use Space Under a Deck

If you have a raised deck, you will have space under the deck that you may consider to be unusable. However, with some creative design work, you can add a new room or turn it into a covered space where guests can mingle in the shade on a hot day or when it starts to rain. When done correctly, this can add value to your home and make it more interesting to buyers if you are trying to sell your property.

Finish the Basement

No matter where you live, you can finish a basement and add more living space to your home. A finished basement can be used as a family room or as an income suite that you can rent to tenants or rent out to your young adult or adult children who need someplace inexpensive to live. It can also be used as a playroom or a quiet place where mom and dad can get work done or the kids can get their homework done.

Finish the Attic

An attic is generally considered to be a place where old items gather dust. For those who want to maximize their living space, they can finish the attic and turn it into another bedroom. If the attic is big enough, it may qualify to be a studio apartment that can then be rented out for extra cash to help pay the mortgage.

A homeowner can do whatever he or she wants to his or her property as long as it meets zoning regulations and HOA rules if applicable. With the help of a home designing company, you can create pergola designs and create other features that will add value and make it easier to live in your home if you have a growing family.

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