Home Renovation: Making Better Use of Your Current Space

Home Renovation: Making Better Use of Your Current Space
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    Home renovation projects can be extensive, changing the footprint of your home and dramatically altering the interior or exterior.

    Not every project requires an extensive update to suit your needs, with some jobs helping you to make better use of your current space.

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Simpler updates can save you time and money, budget pleasing renovations you can handle yourself or with the help of one more contractors.

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So, what areas in your home can you repurpose to serve your needs? Quite a few including:

Basement — Take the largest unused room in your house and turn it into a rec room or play area or divide it to include a work area or laundry room. Not every basement is suitable for conversion — if head room is an issue or if water seeps in following even the smallest rainfall, then only a work area or laundry room may be sufficient. Place your washer and dryer on a platform to ensure that a possible basement flood doesn’t destroy your equipment.

You can also use your basement as a wine cellar, harnessing the natural coolness of this part of your house. Install a closet in your basement and place the wine racks within that area. As long as you have some control over temperatures in your basement, i.e. not too warm in the summer and not frigid in the winter, your wine cellar won’t need refrigeration to keep temperatures constant.

Garage — Your garage may be the easiest room to convert to other purposes particularly if it already has drywall in place and you aren’t using this area to house your cars or for storage. All of the electrical hookups should already be in place and plumbing may be too particularly if your home is newer.

Consider leaving the garage doors in place to help your home retain its “look” from the outside while securing the doors permanently from the inside. Dry wall around the doors and put down carpeting or flooring as desired. Garage space can be used as a mud room if you can install a sink or as “teen room” for your youngsters. If used as an office, you’ll need sufficient electrical connections to hook up your computer, printer and other plug-in devices.

Attic — Some homes have attic space that is simple to use and easy to access. Steps are already in place and head room is sufficient for your access. Heating, cooling and insulation may become issues that thwart your home renovation ideas, problems that may be remedied by adding fresh insulation or running electrical and plumbing lines and installing a separate zone.

Attic space can be sufficient to create a teen bedroom or hang out or be used for office space. Windows may need to be replaced if these units are not sufficient for keeping keeping heat and cold out.

Making use of your current space can allow you to save money now in order to tackle a larger project later on. That home edition can wait especially if your current room is sufficient for your immediate needs.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".