If you live in, or are considering moving to, a small home, perhaps an apartment in Halifax, you may be considering your renovation options. There are many benefits to living in a small space. There is less to clean, less home maintenance, they are easier to heat, and can look wonderfully comfortable and cozy. However, you might be worried that your options will be limited when it comes to any renovations you want to make. Fortunately, this isn’t the case. You may just need to be a little more creative.
Open plan living areas are incredibly popular. While knocking walls through might sound like a big job, if done right it doesn’t need to be. Speak to a contractor to get some advice before committing to a decision.
An open plan living area can include a living space, dining area and kitchen within the same walls. This really opens up the space and gives you a little extra room. If you like the idea of open plan but still want some separation, try creating different color zones or dividing the areas with larger furniture.
Convert the Attic
If your home has an attic, that’s a whole other floor you might not be using. Attic conversions are more common than ever as more and more families look for extra space without the hassle of moving to a new house. This means they are cheaper and take much less time than they used to. A large attic area could become a bedroom, but even a smaller space could be organized into a more efficient storage area.
Use the Cellar
Cellar conversions aren’t as common as many people worry that they will be dark or damp. However, a well-converted cellar can also make a great spare bedroom.
Utilize Your Under Stairs Area
If you live in a small house, the space under your stairs could easily be converted to create a small office space, shelving area, reading nook, kids play area or dog house. This is a huge space which is often under-utilized.
Use Outdoor Space
If you’ve got a garden, you could have a guest room built in the form of a tree house or a small flat. You could even convert your shed into an office or library as long it’s waterproofed. Even if you don’t have a garden, you may be able to create an outdoor seating area on your front porch or have a Juliet balcony in an apartment so you can at least let lots of fresh air in and enjoy the outdoors.
Maximize the Space
The key to any renovations in a small home is making the most of whatever space you have got. Some of the best ways to make the most of your space include:
- Baseboard drawers
- Over the door storage
- High wall mounted shelves
- Wall mounted TVs and radios
- Secret cupboards
Whatever space you have available, there will be a lot that you can do with it. Sit down and make a plan. Consider your priorities, tastes and what you want from your home. Then make a budget and get started with your changes.