American homes continue to be some of the largest homes in the world. It’s estimated that the average size of American homes is around 1,000 square feet. However, this space can grow smaller if you have a bigger family, especially now that the pandemic is in the country. There might also be other reasons why you want to expand your home. Here are five common reasons why people increase the size of their homes.
Increase Home Value
Americans like big homes. And in the real estate market, larger homes sell for higher prices. So increasing the size of your home can increase its value if you are looking to sell in the future.
Add more rooms or features
Maybe you want to add a new bedroom for a growing family, or maybe you want to add a home office or gym. Increasing the size of your home allows for adding these extra rooms and features that enhance your living experience.
More storage space
It’s estimated that the average cost of storage space in the country is around $180. More stuff comes the need for more storage space; having more space in your home can save $180 per month. In addition, adding to your home can create room for an extra closet, attic, or garage space to store your belongings.
Host guests comfortably
Having friends and family over is always enjoyable, but it can be difficult when there is not enough space for everyone to stay comfortably. Adding onto your home can provide room for guests to have their bedroom and bathroom while visiting.
Moving can be a stressful and expensive process, but increasing the size of your current home can eliminate the need to move. This allows you to stay in the same neighborhood and community you have grown to love.
Increasing the size of your home can provide various benefits, but it is important to consider the cost and time involved in such a project. Consider these options if you want to bring in more space to your home without spending too much time and money.
Get rid of unnecessary Furniture
Take a good hard look around your home and ask yourself if every piece of furniture serves a purpose. If you can’t think of a good reason to keep something, get rid of it. You’ll be surprised how much more open your space will feel with one less coffee table or end table taking up the room. Also, feel free to use multipurpose furniture. Look for pieces that can do double duty, such as a coffee table with built-in storage or a daybed that can be used as both a sofa and a guest bed. This will help save a lot of space in your living room.
Use Your Basement
Basements are often overlooked as potential living spaces, but they can provide much room if appropriately utilized. Consider hiring a basement remodeling service to turn that dreary basement into an extra bedroom, home office, or recreational room. You can even turn it into extra storage space if you don’t know what to do with it.
Utilize vertical space
When creating more space in your home, think vertically, not just horizontally. For example, install shelves on empty walls to create storage for books, photo frames, and knick-knacks. Or try hanging a pot rack in your kitchen to free up cabinet space.
Declutter your closets
Most of us have at least one closet in our homes that’s crammed full of stuff we never use anymore. So go through your closets and get rid of anything you don’t need or haven’t worn in the past year. Donate clothes still in good condition to a local charity or consignment shop, toss anything damaged beyond repair. Once you’ve decluttered your closets, you can free up even more space by investing in innovative storage solutions, such as shelf dividers or hanging organizers.
Let in some light
Natural light makes even the smallest spaces feel larger and more open, so try to let in as much sunlight as possible. Open the curtains during the day and keep them open until dark outside. If you don’t have any windows in your home, consider installing skylights or solar tubes. Not only will this make your space feel brighter and airier, but it will also help reduce your energy bills.
No matter how small your home may be, there are always ways to create more space. Following the above tips, you can make the most of your living space and enjoy a more organized and comfortable home.