Not every homeowner can afford an addition to their home, and not every home offers the opportunity to expand. But creating space in your home—or the illusion of more space—doesn’t require an addition or major overhaul.
If you’re craving more room in your home, consider these remodel and design tips—some are big and some are small but all can help expand your space without a potentially costly addition.
It may sound obvious, but decluttering and organizing is one of the best (and easiest) ways to create more space in your home. Cull through unnecessary and unloved knick-knacks to create open space on your shelves. Limit your furniture to pieces you actually use or need.
Shades of White:
Dark paint colors or wallpaper with busy designs can shrink a space. Choose shades of white on your walls and ceilings to visually enhance the square footage of any room. The same goes for your floors. Avoid darkly stained hardwood or dark-colored carpets. Lighten things up a step further by choosing white or light-toned furniture and fabrics.
Interior doors are a necessity for bedrooms and bathrooms but only serve to shrink main living areas. To automatically increase the feeling of space in your living areas, remove unnecessary interior doors and widen your doorways. Our team of expert designers at Valley Home Builders can work with you to determine which entryways should be expanded to create an open layout that’s just right for your home.
Big windows let in natural light and further create the illusion of open space. But avoid heavy window treatments. Instead, choose floor-to-ceiling drapes in light fabrics. The length of the drapes creates vertical lines to make your ceilings look taller. Likewise, skylights allow natural light in spaces where windows are not always possible, like hallways, closets, and bathrooms. A raised skylight can also add height to your ceilings.
Expanding into a closet is an easy way to create space in a room without moving any exterior walls. But what about all that valuable storage? Strategic built-ins allow you to retain necessary shelving and cabinetry while giving you the freedom to turn your closet into a livable space.
If you still need more space but don’t have the property square footage to justify a room addition, consider an extension. It may only widen a room by a few feet, but even that can make a big difference when it comes to a functional kitchen, dining area, or living room. When you work with Valley Home Builders, our designers create a floorplan that visually renders your new space and allows you to imagine how an extension would change your home.
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