When you own a home you’ve got an important choice to make regarding your living space. Do you want to add on, or make better use of inside space? If so, how? In this article, we’re going to explore some great ideas for your home.
Read on to discover some great ways to make better use of the space inside your home, some tips for building an addition, and even what to do with your landscaping to add to your usable space! And if you’re inspired, give us a call at 724-550-4533 or request a free quote online!
If you can’t add on, you can go out! Maybe you’ve got a corner of the yard that, with some bushes and a canopy, becomes a secluded reading nook with lounge chairs?
The cheapest room is an outdoor room, that’s for sure. And anything you can find inside has an outdoor counterpart which can withstand Mother Nature. This includes chairs, tables, lighting, curtains and even beds that are mold and mildew resistant.
Consider adding a gazebo – they range from $1,000 to $20,000 in cost, but the less expensive ones are still durable and are portable, so you can move it to a different spot in your yard or take it with you to your next home!
Organize and Store
If you don’t have enough storage space, sometimes you just have to look up! Shelves come in all shapes and sizes, and you can paint them any color you like.
Another option is to use furniture with hidden storage or drawers. Ottomans often times have storage compartments, and many end tables have drawers.
Shelves can give the appearance of a larger room if done right, and need only cost you $15-25 per linear foot.
Do the Double Duty
Ever wanted a home office, sewing room, study or den? Then think about how little you use your dining room. Can you rearrange the room and make a corner dedicated to your new purpose?
Hey, even a $500 futon in your living room makes a great guest bedroom! If that’s the case, and you can free up a spare bedroom, well now you’re set for a game room or office!
Building an Addition
Sure, it may not be that cheap or easy, but the best and most long-lasting way to increase the available room in your home is a custom-built addition.
Find out what your zoning regulations are. There might be building restrictions such as height limits, historic neighborhood restrictions, or easements.
If there are no legal obstacles, then make a decision about how much square footage you want and can afford. A family room addition can be anywhere from $60,000 to $100,000, but the average will be around $85,000, or about $215 per square foot.
Then look for a contractor to manage designing, building, and finishing your addition. And we’d love for you to choose us! We can provide you with references, work history, and other information.
Finish an Unfinished Space
If an addition is too much to bear, then your alternative is finishing an unfinished portion of your home, such as your attic, basement or attached garage.
It’s must cheaper per square foot to do this! The reasons are simple – you already have a roof and foundation, which are the two most expensive parts of an addition.
Electrification, refinishing, and painting can cost around $100 per square foot, but that price can vary due to where you live and what kind of house you have.
Ready to Get Started?
At Prima Kitchen and Bath we hope we've inspired you and that you'll tell us more about your home addition and renovation. Give us a call today at 724-550-4533 or request a free quote online!