Saturday, 15 November 2014

Remodeling the home for a growing family

When you built your house, you would not have had any idea on how large your family would turn out to be. A couple of kids later, you would have to seriously start thinking on how and where to add those extra bedrooms and provide them with their own privacy. With remodeling design options available these days, you can be sure that you can find a number of ways of making your home bigger to accommodate your growing family.

Apart from extra bedrooms, you may need a den, a bigger kitchen, more bathrooms and additional storage space. For some families, just moving to a bigger house is an option, but many can’t afford that and will have to remodel their current home in as aesthetically pleasing a manner as possible, and on a budget.

Some remodeling ideas for extra space

  1. You could take an existing large bedroom and split it in two so that your kids can have their own space.
  2. If you have an attic, you are in luck. The attic can be used in different ways. They could be turned into a children’s or teenager’s bedroom. It will make a great den or could be remodeled into a great play area for your kids. Shelves can be built in the attic, which can then be used as added storage space. It can be converted into a study, and be the peaceful haven you can hide in, when you need to get away from the rest of the family.
  3. If you have a small kitchen and a tiny dining room, you can break down some walls and make it an open planned kitchen and dining area. This opens up space and gives the feel of spaciousness and airiness. Many kinds of seating arrangements are possible with this kind of remodel. You can have a little dining table with chairs on one side of the kitchen/dining area. Or you can put in an island which can be used as a counter while cooking and doubles as a dining area, when it’s time to eat. If the space is still rather small, you could get inventive and have a fold up or fold down table that can be pushed back against the wall and fixed when not in use. This way, you have more space to move about in the kitchen while cooking. If the living room is adjacent, you could even consider having an open plan living room, dining room and kitchen area, maybe divided by a half wall. The possibilities are endless.
  4. If your house has a basement, you have a whole lot of area that you can use in so many different ways. It could be a game room, a recreation area, a child’s bedroom, a study or a space to store things. As long as you pick your colors well and have good lighting, the basement can be turned into a lovely place for the family to hang out in.

Get a good construction company

When thinking of remodeling, it is important to make sure that you find a construction company that has had a lot of professional experience and are efficient in their work. Make sure that their portfolio is exceptional. Ask them for references and call people that the company has worked with before to find out if they were happy with the remodeling. Remember, these people will have the run of your house and you should make sure that they are the best. They should be experts at what they do, be efficient and affordable as well.