Just because you live in a small home doesn’t mean you can’t make the most out of it with clever storage and layout ideas. However, if you really need to enlarge your small space, there are several different ways in which you can do exactly that.
Add a porch
In case you have some more space in your yard, and especially at the front of your home, utilizing this space for a porch addition might be a good idea. This is especially effective for small homes that lack a proper hallway. By adding a porch and closing it off, you can use this area as a hallway as well as shoe storage. Not to mention that it will make a huge difference when you have to put away your wet umbrellas and footwear during the colder months.
Turn your porch into a sunroom
If you already have a porch but you don’t use it a lot since it’s too open, a great way to add more space to your small home is to transform your current porch into a sunroom. Thanks to insulating glass, you can close off this space properly, enjoy the sun and still feel comfortable throughout the seasons. Opening up a room towards your porch-turned-sunroom is a rather effective practice, especially for enlarging your dining area/kitchen space as well as living room.
Go with a second storey
One of the most common and effective solutions for enlarging the home involves professional second storey additions. Obviously, you’ll have to discuss the best options for your particular home with the contractors in order to really make the most out of this project. A second storey will definitely add more space to your home, but the renovations might take some time due to the need to incorporate the stairs and adjust the overall design of the ground floor as well. But if you include a nice balcony on your second floor, too, the effort and investment will be worth it.
Transform your garage/basement/attic
You might live in a small home, but if you also have a garage, attic or basement within your property, you can opt for a makeover of the said space. That way, it’s possible to turn these structures into a completely new room. Basements and attics can easily be transformed into bedrooms, family rooms, gyms, playrooms, etc. while the garage is often utilized as a home office, a man cave or an extended kitchen. You’ll have to safely store all your basement goods in a self-storage unit, get rid of potential moisture, improve insulation and work out the electricity and wiring before anything else.
Connect your garage with your home
If you live in a small home that still has a garage on its lot, as mentioned before, this garage can be turned into any other room you might need. But, unlike the basement and attic, a garage might not be directly connected to your home. If that’s the case, you can build a hallway of sorts and link the garage with your actual home this way. The end result can be really interesting, especially if you decide to use glass for the walkway walls.
Extend the existing room just a bit
Most rooms in one’s home can be extended by a meter or two without huge demolition work. In case your home fits the bill, this might be the best option to go for, especially if you just need that little extra space for arranging the furniture and appliances in a more functional manner. Also, you can use this extra space for storage or a utility room.
Your small home can be easily extended with some of the above-mentioned projects so that you don’t actually have to go through the trouble of selling your current home and looking for a new one. It’s all about finding the solution that works best for you and your family.