People are often taught to believe that size does not matter — but when it comes to homes, size is undeniably important. Each and every person is likely to have different opinions about what is the perfect size home for him or her. These opinions depend on the size of your family, where you live, the home you grew up in, and your unique lifestyle. That said, even those of us with a preference for cozier homes could always do with a little more space.
If you own a small home that you love, but are constantly finding yourself wishing you had just a bit more space (be it for storage or entertaining), there are a number of remodeling projects that could help you maximize square footage without actually adding on a new room. Read on for three of the most common renovations to maximize space in a small house.
Adding in Storage
Small home dwellers often face the plight of too little storage space. Get creative with your storage options. Talk with a contractor to see if you could add storage under your stairs to get more space, and explore other custom built-in storage solutions. Another option is to install high shelving. Especially if you have high ceilings, consider adding shelving high up on a wall where you can store books, linens, or less frequently used items out of the way.
Removing a Wall
Open floorplans can create the illusion of more space — even if the square footage of your home stays the same. Consider removing a wall between a living and dining room or family room and kitchen in order to open up your floor plan and create multifunctional living spaces. Not only will this make your home feel larger and more open — it will allow for more opportunities for you and your family to spend time together.
Converting an Attic
Most attics end up being wasted space. At best, this valuable space might be used to store Christmas decorations. At worst, it is empty and unused. If you’re looking to add more space to a smaller home, a skilled home renovation company can convert your attic into a bedroom. This job will likely require building a staircase to access the attic if one does not yet exist (you can add storage under the staircase to maximize space usage). It is also important to ensure that you have all necessary permits before beginning an attic conversion. A reputable contractor will do this for you.
Finding the Best Contractor for the Job
If you’re considering taking on some renovations to add space to you home, make sure you find an experienced and trustworthy contractor who is up to task. A quality contractor be able to make suggestions to how you might add space to your smaller abode — and will also ensure that whatever job you settle on is done with high quality and fine craftsmanship for the right price. When you start researching contractors in your area, don’t be afraid to ask to see work samples from prospective contractors.