Adding more space has always been an attractive house remodeling undertake. I mean’ who wants less space? Even people who are considering to move house sometimes opt for increasing the space in order to get a higher sale value. There are many ways of adding space to the home, and some of the most popular and most effective are listed below.
Optical illusion of furniture
If you feel cramped in your home, and you don’t actually need more space, a simplest operation is to create a visual illusion of more space. Low furniture, like sofas make less obstruction across the lounge. Replace the heavy armchairs and lounge suites with chairs with ones with exposed legs and space underneath.
Colors and light
If you have connected rooms, a good strategy is to hang an interesting and eye-catching piece of art that will create the illusion of larger space across the rooms. Even if your home doesn’t have high ceilings, by mounting curtains as high as possible, you can create the impression of a lofty space. It’s common to use pale colors and mirrors for enlarging a room’s appearance by making it lighter. On the other hand, dark walls have boundaries and corners that seem to blend in, so it’s visually hard to define a size of a room.
Remove the walls
This modification falls under creating the illusion of space rather than providing actual additional space. Since most interior walls are not load-bearing, they can be easily removed in a weekend’s time. On the other hand, if you need to remove a load-bearing wall, you better not start anything without the contractor.
Built a separate structure
In recent years many environmentally/space conscious people have resorted to retired shipping containers for building garages, sheds, office spaces and most importantly people actually live in them. Aside from their relative availability and low cost when compared to brick and mortar, they have many advantages. They are built to endure inclement weather, they can easily be insulated and the only piece of heavy machinery you’ll be needing is a crane that puts it in place.
The only true way to increase space is to build an addition. Every other way of making space usually involves reorganizing existing space. Although it is vastly expensive when compared to other options, and youcan never to it yourself, the result is a completely new space, separate from existing structures, and the best part is that you can continue your daily routine during the construction.
This is even better than building outwards. You don’t usurp the garden space and you can duplicate the existing space once or twice. Most structures can hold up a second or third story, however, just like building outwards it is an expensive no-DIY procedure which involves vacating the house during the construction.
Adapt the attic
Attic conversion has one advantage over building upwards that it doesn’t require building a lot of superstructure. The downside of this options is that attics are often marred by low-hanging ceilings and angled beams. Attics are designed for storage, so any modification will have to include straightening the joists and laying down the sub-floor.
Convert the basement
Unlike the attic, the basement is always more solidly built. The floor rests on solid dearth and the walls are straight and just need false wall upgrade so the plumbing and electricity can be installed. Although there is always a moisture problem in the beginning, basement conversions are the home renovator’s’ favorite, as they can be done by yourself with a little more effort.