Most people would love to live in a larger home if they could afford it; however, with the current property prices a lot of us have to make compromises. Thankfully, there are lots of ways in which we can create more room inside our homes without breaking the bank. In this post, we’re going to give you eleven expert tips for making that happen. You don’t have to use them all, but we definitely think you’ll be able to use a couple. At the end of the day, the ideas below could even add some value to your property if you decide to sell and move into that larger home.
1. Buy furniture with hidden storage. You can get some fantastic hidden storage furniture products these days if you visit the right stores. Sofas with drawers are a perfect for hiding away all those magazines and letters that make your rooms appear cluttered.
2. Convert your attic. You might think that converting your attic is going to cost you a lot of money. However, there are many companies out there that will complete the job for a very reasonable price. Doing this will not only help you to free-up more room in your home, it will also add to its value.
3. Build a conservatory. Conservatories are a brilliant way for bringing the outdoors inside. They also allow you a second living room where you can store some of your essentials. For instance, many people choose to keep their TV in the main room and move their stereo into the conservatory.
4. Remove unnecessary walls. If you have a home with three or more bedrooms, you might benefit from removing walls and joining the smaller spaces together. Again, that is not a complicated job, and there are plenty of tradesmen out there willing to help. That said, you could perform the renovation yourself with a little research just remember you may have to put your stuff in storage while doing the renovations.
5. Get rid of your downstairs toilet. Unless you have a very large family, getting rid of your downstairs toilet might be more sensible than it sounds. It will give you more room downstairs and you could use that to extend your lounge or kitchen. So long as your family doesn’t struggle to get ready in the mornings, there is no need for two toilets in the modern home.
6. Hang lots of mirrors. Admittedly, the idea of hanging mirrors is not going to make your home more spacious. However, it will create an optical illusion that fools people into thinking it’s much larger. Alongside your other efforts, hanging large mirrors could be the icing on your cake.
7. Rent a self-storage unit. Firstly, you probably have a lot of possessions that you don’t want to throw away but that you do not need on a daily basis. Opting to rent a self-storage room is sensible because it will help you to keep more room free in your home. It’s a bit like having an extra room that you don’t need to dust or vacuum.
8. Erect a shed in your garden. While most people use sheds for storing gardening equipment, there is no reason you can’t use yours as an extra room. Presuming you work from home, a decent garden shed could make for the perfect office. That would mean you don’t have to take up all the room in your spare bedroom.
9. Create a porch. Adding a wooden porch to the outside of your home will mean you have somewhere to sit when the weather is nice. They might not be very popular in the UK or Ireland, but it’s time we took some inspiration from our North American friends. The building work is going to take a while, but it will be worth it in the end when you have lots of extra room.
10. Install big patio doors. Again, the installation of patio doors is not going to make your home physically bigger. Even so, it will make your rooms might lighter, and that creates the illusion of space. Also, those of you who want to go a step further might like to replace your windows with more substantial solutions. The more light you let into your property, the larger it will appear.
11. Seek planning permission for a garage. Those of you living in homes without garages will probably have to store your tools in cupboards inside your property. That means you are using a lot of valuable space for items that are best kept elsewhere. You need to contact your local authority to seek planning permission. However, once it is granted, the new garage will give you an extra room.
We hope at least some of those eleven expert ideas appeal to you. As long as you select at least three different suggestions from that list, we are confident you should notice a huge improvement in the size of your home. Good luck with any renovation work or changes you might make over the coming months. Don’t forget to get in touch if you have any questions or queries. We are always here to help.