After you’ve finished your annual January de-cluttering spree, do you still feel you need more room in your home? Whether it’s the number of closets, the number of bathrooms or elbow room in the kitchen, almost everyone could use more! But putting an addition on your home often can’t be done because of lot size, zoning, or other considerations. If you don’t want to move, we can help solve your problem in several different ways.
Here are some ideas for getting “more” of what you need out of your home without enlarging the footprint of the house’s foundation.
1. Build Up, Not Out
Sometimes you love your home but wish there was just a little bit more of it. Depending on the building restrictions in your town, we can often build up ― not out ― and add another whole floor to your home. A second story addition is perfect when what you need is more bedrooms, bathrooms and storage.
Open floor plan kitchen remodel by Chagrin River Company
2. Wide Open Spaces
Many older homes in our area are divided into small rooms with narrow hallways and small windows. Creating an open floor plan by removing or repositioning walls will not only provide more wide-open space, but also give you options for more efficient furniture layout. Then, adding new larger energy-efficient windows can bring in more daylight, but not add to your energy costs. Even a 75-year-old home with gloomy, chopped-up rooms can have an amazing transformation!
Custom kitchen remodel by Chagrin River Company
3. Out of Sight
A variety of unique built-in features that are available now can optimize living space within your home’s original footprint. Cabinet storage options for kitchen, bath or any room in your home can eliminate wasted space, make all the dark corners accessible, and just make life easier. For example, a pull-out shelf inside a kitchen base cabinet brings your beloved, but bulky, stand mixer up to counter height when you need it and then hides it away again with no heavy lifting!
Photo courtesy Wellborn Cabinet
4. Unfinished Business
It’s space you already have, so finishing a basement or attic to meet your family’s needs is very often the way to add living space at the lowest cost per square foot. We can handle any issue with dampness and correct the dark space that comes with low ceilings and small windows. That warm, bright new space will instantly increase the usable square feet of your home. Plus, it can be configured to be the best possible fit for your family’s lifestyle.
Finished basement remodel by Chagrin River Company
We hope that these ideas can give some inspiration for ways to get more from your home: more room, more storage, more livability. If you thought you didn’t have many options that would make your home better-suited to your lifestyle, call us today. We will be happy to share some of the many creative solutions we have at our command for making your home feel just right.