There is no doubt about it; we pay a premium to enjoy the benefits of living in the Bay Area. Home prices here are among the highest in the country. Most of us would like to have more space but can’t afford the mortgage for a larger house. If trading up is not an option, make sure your home is designed and remodeled to live up to its full potential.
Take a moment to evaluate how you are using the space in your house. Are there rooms designated for entertaining that only get occasional use? Does the floor plan need adjusting to open up family gathering spaces or to create a private zone for you? Is there under-utilized space in the garage, basement or attic that can be re-purposed for other uses? If you answered yes to any of these questions then read on for suggestions to unlocking the hidden potential in your home.
1. Convert an unused garage, basement or attic into a studio, workout space or media room. In some cases you can add this remodeled space to the assessed square footage of the house, increasing the value of your property well beyond the cost of the remodel.
2. Imagine your dining room as a home office for weekday use and an entertaining space on the weekends. Use the dining table as a desk and a vintage side board or armoire for storing your office supplies, computer and printer. Replace that tired chandelier with a modern fixture that works for both the office and dining experience.
3. Turn your living room into a multi-purpose space for reading, enjoying music or watching TV. Add glass doors to offer the flexibility of to turning a public space into a private space when needed. (Check out the amazing assortment of doors and room dividers at the Sliding Door Company, www.slidingdoorco.com ).
4. Update your kitchen by adding French doors that open to a deck or patio. This is a very cost-effective way to make your kitchen feel larger and offer overflow space when entertaining.
5. Install custom storage components in your pantry, garage, basement or bedroom closets to maximize the efficiency of your storage space. I highly recommend Easy Closets, www.easyclosets.com, as an affordable way to tailor your storage areas to the unique needs of your family.
6. Replace space-consuming, hinged doors with pocket doors that recess into the wall. You will be amazed at the difference this makes in a small bathroom or bedroom.
These solutions make financial sense by increasing the comfort and value of your home with a modest investment. Homes that are designed for efficiency are easier and less expensive to keep up and are highly desirable in the real estate market.
If you would like to learn more from one of the experts on this topic, read Sarah Susanka’s book “Not So Big Remodeling”, www.susanka.com . You will be inspired by the many possibilities for unlocking the potential in your home.