With today’s property market getting tighter, more people are renovating their existing house. We make this decision for a number of reasons. Often we like where we are living, and the cost of adding a room is considerably less that buying a new more expensive property.
What if you wanted to turn your existing home into your dream home. What could you do to give yourself a real touch of class and a space that might just make you fall in love with your home all over again?
Remove the blindfold
We get used to seeing things as they are. Once we do that, we don’t see it from any other perspective. This exercise asks us to look at the homes we live in as an outside professional such as MDM would see it. Look at it as a blank canvas. Once we do that, the scales fall away a little bit. Feel free to have some fun with the exercise.
What if the kitchen was not there?
Could you move the kitchen? Perhaps, and this is very true for some older houses, your kitchen was a small separate space cut off from the main living area. How could you open up your ground floor to make an amazing family contemporary living space? What if you fitted in a breakfast bar, and while we are at it, why not treat yourself to a brand new fitted kitchen?
The back wall of your property could be opened up. Big sliders could replace doors and windows. Now we’re getting into the swing of things, why not extend the whole back of the house out? You might lose a bit of garden, but think what you could gain, almost doubling your space downstairs. If you are going to that trouble how about adding another bedroom above it? Throw in an en suite and there just might be a balcony addition there too.
With that much space, you might even get that media room or a lovely quiet study. You could fit an extra bathroom in downstairs that would stop everybody from having to traipse upstairs. In one smooth operation, you have moved from a one bathroom to a three bathroom family home with an extra ensuite bedroom. Not bad for a house you were considering worthy of a lick of paint!
Look to your garage. This is often a big and underused space. If the garage is connected to the house, you already have the footprint necessary to go up another floor. That space could join on the first floor of the house and voila, you have another space upstairs.
Older stairs were often small and cramped, not to mention steep. Could you rip out a few walls and bring a lovely contemporary staircase down into the ground floor? Look to the walls and ceiling. Think about light and the possibility of opening things up.
When you get going with this process, you can let your imagination fly. Not everything will be practical or even affordable. It is possible too that certain load bearing walls cannot be moved. But it is just possible that the house of your dreams is a lot closer to you than you realise.
If you want something done, do it yourself; other wise it’ll never get done. Learn to do it if you don’t know and never despair until you finish what has to be done.