Do you have extra space in your home? In most cases, the term “extra” also means unused.
Today we’re going to change that. We’re going to show you how to get more life out of your living space, and give that extra space a new purpose.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived in a house for years, or you’re touring a home that you’re almost ready to buy. It’s never a bad time to look at empty (or unused space) and start imagining the possibilities.
Turn the Loft Above the Garage into a Guest Bedroom
You thought all of that extra storage space would be handy. However, your skis and tools only take up so much room. Let’s turn that into a loft bedroom that your guests will love.
Before you convert your garage, you need to ensure it’s properly insulated. A stunning new room is no good to you if it’s going to cost you a fortune to heat it. Ensure that the walls and ceiling are properly insulated and get an insulated garage door. This will keep both the space and your utility bills at comfortable levels.
The loft may have A-frame style roofs that create spatial limitations. The first thing you need to do is find the right size mattress for your bedroom and make sure it’s not hindering the rest of the room.
Remember that less is more and a minimalist approach will give you maximum efficiency. Smaller and condo-living-inspired items like bedside tables could be the way to go.
The rest is up to you. Pinterest is full of ideas and inspiration.
Turn the Dining Room Into a Study or Office
You may look at this big room and realize that you only actually use it once or twice a year. The rest of the time, it just sits there and looks pretty. It’s 200-ish-square-feet of pretty useless space. Let’s fix that.
This is a relatively inexpensive transition, with no need to add a wall or any plumbing. In fact, you will likely remove more things than you will add.
If you want to occasionally use this space as a dining room, you can use your dining room table as your desk. If it has removable inserts, remove them to make it more desk-sized. Also, move it from the centre of the room to a more desirable location in front of a window or a wall.
Now, store all of the dining room accoutrements like dishes and barware, and replace them with office items like books, globes or lamps.
You can put everything back for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, if need be.
Turn the ‘Small Room’ into Another Bathroom