How to Repurpose Unused Rooms in Your Home

By Miles Wiseman posted 02-13-2020 14:41

  

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

 



Do you have a room that isn’t quite big enough to be a bedroom, yet too big to be a walk-in closet? Why not convert it into another bathroom or powder room?


Of course, there are big questions you need to answer. First and foremost, will you have easy access to plumbing? The harder a plumber has to work to install a toilet or a sink, the more it’s going to cost you. A simple bathroom conversion can be as little as $3,000, but that can spiral pretty quickly.


Next, take a look at the windows and ask yourself if they will be an issue. Ensure that:


  1. You have enough natural light coming in, yet…
  2. You still have enough privacy

If you’re thinking of adding another bathroom to help sell your home, you should know that this addition doesn’t have a traditionally great ROI. However, if you’re doing it for yourself and your busy family, you won’t regret it.

Turn a Breakfast Nook into a Home Office


Breakfast nooks always look cute and homey. However, the reality is that a busy family doesn’t always have the time to have breakfast together… or at all.


Maybe this space would serve the family better as an office or study area.


If you have any built-in seating or tables, you might consider removing them. Yes, they can serve as an adequate seat and desk. However, they may not be comfortable for long work sessions. You can also convert these benches into more storage.


These are only a few of the things you can do to get more livable space in your home. It’s just a matter of looking at what you’re not using and figuring out what your family could really use.


From there, the only limit is your imagination.

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