Do you need more living space, but at the same time you are leading a penny-pinching life? Join the club! Many growing families are facing the same problem – their living space is constantly shrinking, the expansion has long been a necessity rather than a luxury, but the money issue came in the way. Luckily, there are other, frugal ways to add additional space. You just need to be a little creative.
Here we are giving you a few alternative options.
1. Finish what you have started
The most expensive elements of a new addition are the foundation and roof. Building it from scratch does cost a fortune. However, if you have a semi-finished space in your home, like a basement, attached garage, or an attic, you can easily add square footage to your living space by finishing them at a reasonably low price. Perhaps all you will need is some paint and flooring. If you are a handy person, you will be able to finish it on your own and save up on the contractor. Just be careful with old homes. They might be hiding some underlying problems, like mildew on walls, or old wiring and plumbing. Repairing these issues may make the costs skyrocket.
2. Head outside
Heading outside is probably the cheapest way to expand living space. Turn a large unused patio into an outdoor living room, or install a portable gazebo in your backyard to use as a sitting area. Seek advice from an extension architect on how to turn outdoor space into useful living space. All you will need is some outdoor furniture, and for a few thousand dollars you get a stylish and unique addition. Although, this might be only a temporary seasonal solution, it is a very affordable one.
3. Unclutter and store away
Clutter makes even the largest rooms appear small. So, find a propped place to store your clutter. Think in terms of furniture with drawers or hidden storage chests. Get as many things off the floor as possible by making use of the vertical space. Installing just a few shelves on the walls will save you a considerable amount of space.
4. Dual purpose rooms
One way of adding additional space without spending any money is to have your rooms serve double purpose. There really is no reason why a certain room should be used solely for one intended activity. You can combine some of your rooms and free up space. Chances are you can stick a small desk and your laptop into that seldom-used formal dining room and make it a work study/dining room. A guest room can be used as a playroom or a media room when the guests are not around. By the way, how often do you have guests sleep over? Do you really need a separate guest room or could you turn your living room into a guest room with a simple western-style futon?
We have already mentioned vertical storage, which creates the illusion of a larger space. There are other cheap tricks you could use as well, such as mirrors, or paint. Lighter shades can definitely make the room appear bigger, but painting one wall in a dark shade elongates the space even more.
These are just some ideas to get you started. Can you think of any other options?
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Derek Lotts writes everything related to home improvement. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment. He blogs regularly at Smoothdecorator. In his free time, he likes spending time in nature with his wife. Check out his Google+ profile and follow him on Twitter.