Are you a recent empty-nester? Have you just finished decluttering the house? Or maybe you’ve simply been contemplating the current floor plan of your living space and you wonder if there could be a more efficient—or a more attractive—way of arranging your belongings.
You could, of course, put your home on the market and find an entirely new place to live, but if you’re looking for something a little less disruptive and involved, here are a handful of smaller suggestions to consider.
- Expand an existing room – Is there a room in your home that’s rarely used these days? Consider the idea of knocking down the wall between it and an adjoining room to make a more open and welcoming space between the two. Think about creating an open living room connected to your kitchen. Interestingly, a larger expanse can give a stronger sense of intimacy!
- Add a closet or increase the size of your current one – Maybe it’s time to consider turning that small, cramped space into a walk-in closet where your clothes, shoes and other paraphernalia aren’t competing for visibility. Walk in closets are one of the best ways to treat your room to a little luxury. Examine your options: is there some adjoining space that could be better served by making it part of a larger closet?
- Adding or moving cabinets – Every home seems to have that catch-all cabinet and/or that junk drawer, the place where everything that has nowhere else to be winds up. Even those storage spots that have an assigned purpose tend to accumulate items that don’t belong there, because they don’t quite seem to fit anyplace else. Conduct a walk-through of your home for the specific purpose of inventorying cabinet/cupboard locations and their contents. It’s probably been awhile since you actively considered whether things are stored in their most convenient spot. You’ve simply become accustomed to retrieving them as needed without much thought about how far you have to walk, or how deeply you have to dig. Consider these areas of interest when considering moving or installing cabinets: laundry room, garage, mudroom, kitchen, or billiards area.
- Floor storage platforms – In homes with higher ceilings, a recent and popular option is to install platform floors which allows for additional storage space. These can be stylish, as well as unobtrusive, adding to a room’s appeal.
- Baseboard drawers – A particularly innovative recent practice has been the installation of drawers along baseboards. This might be a good option for storing things you don’t need on a regular basis, or that you don’t mind bending all the way down to the floor to retrieve. Otherwise, this may not be the most convenient choice for you!
- Wall storage – Rather than adding shelving that extends out from a room’s wall (thereby robbing the room itself of space), built-in shelving creates additional storage capacity that allows you to display knickknacks or to keep items like books, games and DVDs at the ready. Built-in shelving can also add more architectural character to your home’s layout. Think offices, libraries, bathrooms, and living rooms.
These are just a few of the options worth considering if you are looking to upgrade your home with an eye towards space reconfiguration. Our many Handyman Matters offices have qualified craftsmen who can help you decide what the best option for your home may be, and to help you complete the job to your satisfaction. Call 1(800)FIX-MY-HOME or go to www.handymanmatters.com where you can enter your zip code to find the phone number of the Handyman Matters location nearest you.