Renovating to Maximize Space
There are many reasons why people choose to remodel or renovate an existing space. Sometimes repairs are needed or perhaps it’s time to modify the space for another purpose. Occasionally the space was configured poorly and the owner may choose to remodel in order to increase the amount of usable space. Most residential or commercial space can be repurposed to maximize space, especially when adding square footage is not a possibility.
Instead of building brand new additions, recent trends in remodeling are leaning towards making better use of the space that already exists. While the old adage claims that bigger is better, downsizing might be the way to go. Many people are foregoing the headaches that come with owning and maintaining larger spaces and moving to smaller, more efficient residences. The problem, however, is in finding the optimum balance between square footage and usable space. This is where renovating comes in.
Every room of the house can be renovated and organized to provide more space while still being functional. The first step is thinking ahead. With a little planning, each area of the house can be organized or reconfigured for maximum efficiency. This might be mean tearing down walls and using open floor plans and replacing traditional doors with sliding doors.
Maximizing space might also mean getting rid of excess items, those that have not been touched in years and are sitting around collecting dust. Some household items can be used for more than one purpose. For example, a daybed can be used as a sofa or guest bed, collapsible tables and chairs can be used in the dining room or as a desk for a small home office.
Organization is also key for maximizing space. Giving each item its own location and then making the effort to store it correctly goes a long way when conserving space. It also saves the time of having to search for them every time. Storage space is key in rooms that are always in use like the kitchen and bathroom. Adding shelves, bins, and hooks makes organization that much easier.
Increasing usable space makes any home or business feel open and welcoming. One of the best methods to do this is to open up the entryway. Entryways are high traffic areas and it may be easier to maneuver with benches and shelves to remove and store shoes and other items. If there is not enough space for a bench, wall mounted hooks can be utilized with small bins for storing items like keys and purses.
The busiest room of the house is generally the kitchen and it must not only be welcoming but should be enjoyable and large enough to cook meals and prepare snacks. The key to increasing space in the kitchen is organization and storage. Cabinets and drawers can hold more items with additional shelves and racks. Consider storing large pots and pans on overhead wall mounted racks or shelves. Create additional space in the pantry with vertical shelving and spice racks.
If additional counter space is needed, use a rolling cart. The cart can be pushed to the side when not needed. Appliances cupboards and islands can be used for additional storage. Install sliding shelves to get the most out of cabinet space. With sliding shelves, everything is made accessible with a simple pull.
In the bathroom, maximizing space can mean choosing the right types of fixtures. Large bathtubs can be replaced by smaller ones or by corner showers that take up less space and offer shelves. Consider shower organizers that hang from shower heads. These organizers include space for shampoo, soap, and washcloths. Utilize the space on top of the toilet tank by placing tissues or storage baskets for other items.
The area beneath the bathroom sink can be used for maximum efficiency with shelving for more storage space. Consider using this for cleaning supplies or additional towels. Smaller items can be stored in vanities with shelving behind a mirror. Consider racks and hooks for towels and washcloths. Closet organizers can be placed behind the door with space for small beauty appliances like hair straighteners and blow-dryers.
Living rooms are hard to keep clean but can also be reconfigured for additional space. Consider including items in the living room that have multiple uses. An ottoman, for example, can hold video game accessories, and coffee tables can have storage space for television remotes, books, and magazines. Maximize seating areas by avoiding bulky furniture.
Even if an area is tiny, the illusion of having more space can be created with a few tricks. High ceilings, neutral colors, and enlarged windows can all make a small space appear roomier. Strategically placed mirrors and natural light also give the impression of openness and warmth. A consistent design throughout the house also adds to the feeling of more space.
It can be challenging to best determine how to remodel each part of a residential or commercial structure. For help with renovating to maximize space, be sure to contact the experts of BRInc. Our professionals know how to remodel homes and offices to increase efficiency while staying within a budget and timeframe.
Preparing Your Home for Cooler Temperatures
As the days get shorter, it’s time to think about preparing your home for cooler temperatures. The cold can wreak havoc on any residence for a variety of reasons. Frozen pipes that burst when thawed can lead to expensive cleanup and repairs. Not thoroughly insulating certain areas of the home can lead to expensive heating bills. Failing to maintain the cleanliness of a furnace or other heating appliance might cause it to break down when it’s needed most.
The good news is that there are several ways homeowners can prepare their homes for cooler temperatures:
- Add More Insulation to Problem Areas – Heat escaping from your house because of air leaks and drafts can have a significant impact on your heating bill. Check around the house for problem areas including windows, door frames, and electrical outlets. Consider adding caulk around doors and windows as well as weather stripping. Installing storm windows or double pane windows can cut down on the amount air that escapes. Adding extra insulation to the attic is another consideration as this area is especially vulnerable to heat loss.
- Maintain the Heating System – The last problem you want during cold temperatures is the failure of your furnace or heating system. It never hurts to have maintenance done on your system before the cold temperatures arrive. A routine furnace service can help catch any problems before winter sets in.
- Prepare the Outside of Your House – Before the cold weather arrives, make sure the outside of your home is ready. Remove and store any outside garden hoses and sprinklers. Remove all debris from your gutters because ice jams could lead to water damage in the house. Trim any tree limbs that could break and fall from heavy snow and ice. Repair or replace loose or damaged siding to prevent water from creeping in behind it and freezing.
Getting your home ready for colder temperatures before they hit can prevent all sorts of headaches and expensive repairs. The professional contractors of BRInc can help you prepare.