Are you planning a home addition project because you feel the house is too small? Or maybe you need an extra bedroom, living area, play area for the kids or office?
Home addition is not the only option!
A professional handyman who’s been in the industry will provide less costly solutions that help in making your desire a reality. Also, the handyman’s alternatives will prevent you from paying additional property tax by owning a larger home.
Here are some workable alternatives you can implement with the help of your handyman:
Finish Your Basement
If your basement has adequate headroom and there is a staircase leading to it, turning it into a usable space will amount to huge savings. You’ll not need to build new walls which will help in lowering the cost of your additions.
The handyman will handle the fine details in the basement such as the lighting system, repainting, and partitioning if there is a need. If you need your basement to be an independent living space, you can include a mini-kitchen, bathroom, and a toilet.
If you need an office, the handyman will help in installing the office furniture and work on the lighting to make working easier.
Make use of Underutilized Spaces
Are there rooms in the house you barely use? A guest room, elaborate dining area, among other spaces can easily turn into more useful spaces. For instance, you can install your library in one part of your unused dining area.
If there will be a need to reuse the dining area later, all you’ll do is to push the library and spread the dining tables.
For the extra bedroom that you barely use, you can turn it into a children’s play area when not in use. Also, you can ask the handyman to install a built-in desk or cabinets so you can use the room as an office.
Remove Part of Your Interior Walls
If you feel that your home is too squeezed and would look better with a bigger space, ask the handyman to remove a part of your interior wall.
Your home will look more spacious and bigger even without spending money on new additions. For instance, the high wall separating your kitchen and the dining area is not necessary.
Getting rid of the wall will not only make your home bigger but will also make it easier for you to entertain guests.
Make Use of Spaces Beneath the Stairs
If yours is a story house, you can turn the space below the stairs into usable spaces. For instance, you can turn it into a children’s play area or install cabinets for additional storage.
If the space is big enough, you can also use it as a guest bedroom where one-day visitors can put up for the night.
Make Use of Wasted Spaces
At times, we leave too much room in spaces we barely use. For instance, the guest bedroom may be too big and the space is barely used. If you need an extra bathroom in your home, you can use the extra space in the bedroom to install a new bathroom. This will cost less than a home addition and still serve the purpose.
Before you think of engaging in that expensive home addition, talk to your handyman. He’ll definitely provide more workable and affordable solutions for your home.