Has your family grown, or are you struggling to find a home for all your stuff? If a lack of space is getting you down, or you’re considering relocating to a bigger house, here are some solutions to explore before you make a decision.
Extending your house
If you need more space, and you don’t really want to move, one option that may be viable is extending your home. If you have room at the back or the side, you could look into adding either a single or double-storey extension. This will create new rooms, giving you the extra space you need at the same time as increasing the value of the property. Extending isn’t the cheapest option, but it’s an excellent idea for those who are considering staying in the same house for a long period of time, as well as homeowners who are looking to sell at a profit. If you are thinking about extending, get some inspiration and ideas from other projects via online galleries and magazines and arrange for reputable firms to visit and provide quotes.
Converting the attic
If you’ve got a spacious attic, which is currently packed to the rafters with bags and boxes, you could be missing a trick. Attic conversions are perfectly suited to new bedrooms and workspaces and they can add a lot of value. If this is an idea that could work for you, search for a recommended loft conversion company, look at portfolios and get some quotes. Think about how you plan to use the space and what kind of look you want to create. A straightforward bedroom or office conversion will be significantly cheaper than creating a master suite with an en suite, for example.
Adapting the layout
Many buyers are looking for spacious, open rooms, which tend to be a feature of modern properties. If you own an older house, the layout may make your home seem smaller. In many cases, adjusting the layout can make a huge difference to the look and feel of the house, as well as the amount of usable space you have available. Consider the possibility of knocking a dining room wall through to open up the kitchen or combining a kitchen and a utility room to make one area.
Investing in storage
Nothing makes your home look more cramped than clutter. If you’ve got piles of stuff here, there and everywhere, and you can’t see the carpet or the walls, investing in innovative storage solutions is a fantastic idea. You can save a vast amount of space by buying the right storage. If space is at a premium, look into options like beds with hidden drawers, built-in wardrobes and wall-mounted units. You can also use racks and hooks on the backs of doors to store shoes, coats, umbrellas, scarves, tools and hats.
Do you feel like you’ve outgrown your home, or are you tired of feeling like you’re surrounded by clutter? If you’re short on space, there are options available to you, so hold off putting the for sale sign up for now. From adding an extension and converting the loft to modifying the layout and taking advantage of clever storage solutions, it’s worth exploring different avenues.