GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) - Hemlines, round or pointy toe shoes and boots, slim fit or boot cut jeans – styles influenced by tenor of the times and subject to the whim of fashionistas. Is your home life really any different? Maybe you’re thinking of repurposing a room, or knocking down a wall to update the use of your room; the trend today is to reclaim space so your home truly reflects your values and how you live.
Looking for ideas for Practical Living? Here are five game-changing ideas.
Dining room collects dust bunnies.
When was the last time you actually dined in your dining room? Today, almost one-third of all meals are eaten in a restaurant. “Home cooked meals” are eaten on the run in between school, sports and church so it’s no wonder your dining room is collecting dust bunnies! This could be an easy fix for a reading or crafting room or central communication hub because all you need is the furniture to make it comfy and replace or supplement the chandelier with task lighting.
Do you park the car inside or outside?
In the ‘50’s, many homeowners added garages to homes that pre-dated widespread automobile ownership. Then along came the McMansions with three – and four-car garages to house not only cars, but all the sporting, aquatic and leisure vehicles everyone had. Kids move, your interests change so maybe it’s time to consider taking over one of those garage stalls and repurpose it for a craft room, workroom or guest room for the grandkids next visit. If there’s a pool nearby and you entertain a lot, that garage stall could be the perfect place for a kitchenette or to add a mudroom/bathroom so dirt and water aren’t tracked through the house. For every household that wants to park their cars inside, there’s another that would prefer to use the garage for additional living or working space.
Attack Unused Attic Space
Remember the houses you used to draw in grade school? Bet it had a slanted roof! Well, we really do need that slope to allow rain and snow to roll off, but that still leaves that triangle under the roof. Empty space we call the attic; typically neglected, often inaccessible, and likely packed full of boxes of stuff you can’t part with, outgrown clothes or Christmas decorations. The “infrastructure” is already there and if space is at a premium, look no further than the triangle under your roof for a guest room, home office or even a gym!
Evolution of the Kitchen
Over time, the kitchen has evolved from a small room where food is simply prepared to a multi-purpose, open, great room that is the heart and soul of the home. “The more the merrier” is the attitude today, with friends and family talking, laughing and sharing in the work. When remodeling your kitchen, think function, style, efficiency and longevity. A good kitchen should last for 20 years or more. Choose cabinets you love and a layout that works for your family’s lifestyle. The trend now is to incorporate adjoining rooms (think butler’s pantry or that unused dining room) by removing walls.
Evaluate your existing space
If you don’t need a bigger home, but a better functioning home, here are some ideas. Your home probably has at least one space that could be put to better use. Could a “simple” task of reorganizing that space make it more functional? Or maybe you could just rearrange the furniture to open up the traffic path to make the room more functional. Could you reclaim some closet space and turn it into a home office or reading nook? If you make that connection between the space and how you live, use your imagination and are willing to think outside the floor plan, you’re sure to discover more flexible ways to use that space.
Remember – be bold, be brave and have fun because this is 4 you! Share your reclamation projects on our Facebook page.
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