If you’re running out of space in your home but like where you live, you might not want to move. Therefore, adding space to your home is the sensible solution. But where can you add space and what do you need to consider before you start?
These project ideas to add space to your home may help.
Where will you add space?
You’ve got two real options here. You can either extend outwards or make use of the space you have.
Adding an extension to your home is a big undertaking and will need a good design to make it work. You will also need to consider how the new extension will match the existing building. Another thing to consider is whether you will need to make changes throughout the house to create a cohesive interior. Adding completely new rooms to a house can make your existing rooms feel dated.
In the attic
So, what other ways are there to add space? Attic conversions are a simple way of using the space you have. But there are things to think about. Access to your new attic room will need to be considered. You may need to make room for a new staircase and create a new entrance, especially if your attic is currently accessed by a hatch with pull-down steps. So you’ll need to consider new staircase costs and perhaps some remodeling of the attic room space.
Down in the basement
If you have a basement in your home, this is another area ripe for conversion. If there is any sign of damp in the basement, this will need to be sorted first. And you’ll need to work out how to add some natural light if possible. If you use your basement a lot for storage, you’ll also have to consider whether you’ve got enough room to store items elsewhere.
Out to the garage
If you’ve got a garage that’s attached to your house, then this is another great area to consider for conversion. Many people park their cars in their driveway rather than in the garage, so it’s often under-utilized space. Again, if you’re storing a lot of stuff in your garage, you’ll need to consider whether it’s going to be practical to convert. You’ll also need to factor in the cost of blocking up the garage door and adding windows for natural light.