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One serious complaint people have about their homes is a lack of adequate space. And with the real estate market being what it is, more and more people are trying to find new ways to add extra living space rather than go through the stress and expense of moving. If this is a problem you’re facing, consider these five useful options.
Enclose a Patio
Enclosing a patio is going to be a lot of work. Putting up walls and a roof, along with a foundation could become an additional square footage if done correctly. It needs to feel like a part of the home and be accessible from the house.
Bump Out or Room addition
Most solutions to solving a space problem focus on utilizing the space in a better way rather than increasing its actual size. Building a new room at the side of your home is one way to increase your square footage.
You can bump out your home to add a new bedroom, bathroom, or even increase the size of an existing room.
Put a Room Over the Garage
Creating a room or an apartment over a garage is a great way to add extra square footage without turning your home into a mess. With the foundation of the garage already in place, all you need are walls and a roof.
Once it’s finished, you can put it up for rent or use it as a guest bedroom. Remember that certain additions like a new roof, Type X fireproof drywall, and vapour barriers, will be more expensive than other home addition projects.
Build an addition
It may not be cheap or easy, but the most permanent, long-lasting way to add real space to a home is a custom-built addition.
The first step is to find out whether the zoning regulations and rules in your area allow for additions.
Converting an attic is another inexpensive way to add a room to your home. A converted attic is often used as an extra bedroom for a growing family, but you can turn yours into a home office, gym or playroom for your kids.
Consider adding another bedroom to your home. It’s easier than you think. Add the room to the side of the home, or up, adding a second level. The first option is much more affordable and more practical in many circumstances.
Rear Curved Bump-Out
A small rear bump-out is put to maximum use by filling the curve with a built-in banquette. Storage is built in below the seating. A tall peaked ceiling and lots of windows keep the space from feeling too tight.
Create the Ultimate Outdoor Living Space
If you like to spend time outside, you might as well turn it into more living space. Go beyond a few chairs and a table to create a luxury area you enjoy spending time in. Many outdoor decks and patios have fully-functional outdoor kitchens with an oven and refrigerator along with a grill.
Modern outdoor living spaces come in different styles and with many kinds of amenities, from high-definition televisions and surround-sound audio systems to elegant waterfalls.
Add more storage space
Extra storage in a home can be a real selling point. A lack of storage can put buyers off and decrease the value of your home.
If you’re wondering how to extend your house cheaply, creating additional storage space would be a great place to start. This is highly valued by potential buyers, as it can be hard to find in most UK homes.
Make use of any spare space to build shelves or create cupboards. There could be dead space in some nooks and crannies or under the stairs. If you want to find extra space, a measured layout of your house can reveal spots you didn’t even know existed.