Everyone needs more space in their homes now more than ever. The pandemic demands it because of social distancing protocols. Moreover, our family members living in our homes for extended periods also request that we have space for ourselves individually because we need our own personal space in our homes. It can be problematic if we don’t have our own space. Thankfully, there are some ways we can add extra space to our homes.
Just a reminder that you might need some extra help doing this. Getting a contractor can certainly expedite the renovations. It will also help you execute the necessary designs you might have wanted in your home. So make sure you have the funds needed for this project.
Have an Open-floor Plan
An open-floor plan is one way you can get more space for your home’s social areas. If you’re looking to be more social this pandemic but still want to practice social distancing, then this floor plan is for you.
The open-floor plan was invented in the 1950s by architects who wanted to revolutionize the housing market. Back then, partition walls were common, and those walls covered many parts of every residential home. So social rooms such as the living room and the kitchen were separated, even if there is no need to separate them. This particular interior design made homes smaller than what they really were, and it affected the lifestyle of its inhabitant. So when the open-floor plan was invented, many wanted the plan in their homes. Today, open-floor plans are one of the most used floor plans for homes. It’s a simple project that won’t take too much time to do.
An open-floor plan revolves around the idea of removing partition walls to free up more space in your home. You have to be aware of which walls are used for your home’s foundation and which ones are not. Some partition walls might carry some load, so removing them is impossible without installing support beams in your home. If you don’t want to go through all this hassle, consider hiring a contractor. It might be costly, but it’s certainly worth it if you’re going to open up some space in your home.
Build a Wine Cellar
A wine cellar is a great place to have some private time with yourself. You have space to just settle down and the wine to keep yourself calm. It’s a great project that anyone can do, given that you have the space for it.
When building a wine cellar, you need to choose the right space. Usually, people choose their basement because it’s away from the sun. Additionally, basement temperatures tend to be lower than 70-Fahrenheit. However, if you have other rooms or areas in your home with these traits, you can utilize those rooms for your wine cellar instead. The next thing you need to do is install proper insulation. You can find vapor barriers in stores, or you can make yourself. Proper insulation helps store wine. You can also fur the walls to reduce the dampness in the cellar. Ultimately, what makes the wine cellar and what protects it are the doors. You should consider using hardwood doors for your wine cellar because this helps cover the cellar from the sun while also reducing dampness. After installing your door, all you have to do is put your wine rack inside and a couple of your favorite wines. There you have it! Your own wine cellar, with enough space for some private time with yourself.
Wine cellars can also be an excellent place to store various items and small furniture that you might no longer use. So keep that in mind if you need more storage space for your home.
Utilize the Garage
Many American families own a garage. However, only very few utilize it to its fullest potential. A garage can open up a lot of space in your home. You can even use it as a semi-function hall. Just renovate it to your ideal space when you can.
One of the best things you can renovate your garage into is a private gym. It doesn’t have to be a big gym, just in case you want extra space for other things. All you need for your private gym are some rubber mats and gym equipment. That’s it! You don’t need anything else aside from those things. If you’re conscious of how you work out, use the garage to have some private time with yourself, away from the family.
Here are some simple renovation ideas that can open up your house for some private time with yourself. Your family members can also utilize these spaces. It’s a great way to also introduce some new hobbies to some who are interested.