When it comes to finding space in the home, sometimes you simply cannot get enough by rearranging furniture and getting rid of some clutter. No, sometimes you need to actually make some changes to the home itself. Here, we’re going to look at some of the most common options, their pros, cons, and when they might best suit your needs.
Bust Down A Wall
One option that tends to be a little more budget-friendly is that of knocking down a wall that currently exists in the home. It can really open a space by connecting rooms like the kitchen and the living room, adding a significant amount of square feet to both rooms.
However, while an easy way to make the room feel more spacious and relatively low-cost, it doesn’t really add a new space to the home like the other options.
Convert An Existing Space
If you’re looking specifically to add a whole room, not just a little space, then converting the spaces you have but aren’t using can be a great tactic. The costs of this depend on the space you wish to convert.
Lofts and attics tend to be the easiest to transform, whereas converting a basement will come with all kinds of additional costs most of the time, such as finishing and preventing future issues with moisture.
However, even a loft conversion is a home transformation that can differ pretty widely in costs, depending on the space, location, and any elements it might be missing for a conversion.
Add An Outbuilding
If you have plenty of exterior property, be it a garden or something a little less organised, you can get a lot more use out of your space by adding a whole new building to it.
Building a summer house or “granny flat” might not be the cheapest space addition to the home, but it is one of the most cost-effective since it has the most potential for more square footage and for creating a completely purpose-built space. However, the one drawback is that you clearly need to have a lot of outdoor space to choose this option.
Extend The Home
If you don’t have quite as much exterior property to build onto, then you can build a little closer to the home, instead. Home extensions aren’t necessarily more cost-effective, but they do save a little more space. You can make it a two-storey extension, as well, to get even more out of your floor plan transformations.
The biggest barrier between you and an extension is likely to be all of the red tape. Look to see if you need any planning permissions that might get in the way of any work you want to do on the home.
There is no one answer to how you should add space to your home. Hopefully, the tips above give you an idea of which solutions best suit your needs and home as it stands. Either way, be sure to budget ahead and plan carefully so that you can proceed smoothly with whatever plan you choose.