Most people want to live in a house with as much useable space as possible. In keeping with the recent tiny house rage, most homeowners and buyers look for useable space as opposed to just size. A home where every square foot is maximized is more appealing than a bigger one where things are crammed. Instead of knocking down walls and looking for ways to add on there are things you can do to the existing lay out that can have just as big of an impact. With a little creativity, and is some cases restraint, your home can feel much larger than it actually is. Here are a few things you should do (and not do) to maximize all the useable space.
More Is Not Always Better. Having nice things and certain amenities are great but may not always be the most practical thing for your home. Take, for example, a swimming pool. You may love to swim and be in an area where it makes sense to have a pool but unless it fits with your yard you need to pass. Having a pool take up most of the useable backyard space is not only an eyesore but doesn’t do much in the way of value. You are better off passing on the pool and seeing if there are local swimming alternatives. The same is the case with a hot tub or Jacuzzi. There are many people who like relaxing in a hot tub after a long day at work or simply to calm their nerves. As wonderful as this may be a Jacuzzi is a space eater that can engulf most of your deck. If you don’t have room to walk around the deck you need to wait until the next time you are on vacation to use a Jacuzzi.
Consolidate Interior Space. There are a handful of actions you can do for the interior to make your home look bigger. Walk around and look at the type of lighting you currently use. Are there multiple coffee tables with lamps? If these tables are primarily used just for lighting you need to find a better way. Instead of tables you should consider standing lights. Another option is to take advantage of track lighting in the living or dining room. Every table you get rid of opens the room up in some cases by a significant amount. You should also take full advantage of the closet space available. There are specific closet organizers that can help you maximize this space. Instead of keeping things on top of your refrigerator or by your front door you can put them in the closet. This makes your space look and feel less cluttered and ultimately bigger.
Change Things Around. When is the last time you changed the rooms around in your house? If you are like most people you grow comfortable with where things are in a room and how they look. However, the current set up may not be the best use of space. The next time you have a rainy day you should try moving the couch and chairs around. You can go so far as to change where the TV is or consider moving the bed in your bedroom. Changing the placement of the couch alone can give the room a completely different look and may open things up in ways you never thought of. Changing things in your house is not always easy but it can be a great way to take advantage of all your useful space.
Try these three options first before knocking down walls and starting an addition. What you will find is that subtle changes can have the biggest impact.