When you move into your first house, it’s daunting. You’re usually hit with the feeling of ‘how am I going to fill all this space?’, most likely because you’ve just moved from a single bedroom into a large house. What you’ll notice pretty soon, though, is that’s extremely easy to accumulate lots of things.
You won’t even know you’re doing it, until one day you want to buy something sizeable and realize you don’t have the space for it. It could even be that you decide to expand your family, but your current house won’t allow for it.
You might think you need to move house, as is the natural instinct when things begin to feel a bit tight at home, but this needn’t be the case. If you love where you live and don’t want to move but need more space regardless, here are three ways you can increase the space in your home.
1. Undertake a Loft Conversion
Rather than going out, go up! Loft conversions are becoming more and more popular as people seek to make the most of the real estate they already own. They’re typically cheaper than building a traditional extension scratch, and they can give you exactly what you’re looking for, without having to change anything to do with the exterior of your home. Most of the time you won’t need to obtain any planning permission for a loft conversion, but do remember to double check this before you commence.
Loft conversions can add lots of money to the value of your house, but you will need to live with the mess for a few weeks. A new staircase will need inserting, and there may be lots of other changes you need to implement in the way of floors, windows, electricity and insulation, but for the benefit of another bedroom or bathroom, it’s worth it.
2. Invest in Garden Storage
If you’re lucky enough to have lots of space outdoors, make the most of it! There are plenty of things you can do with garden storage, from storing various items that would otherwise be lost in the attic or spare room, to creating a garden office in order to retain the original purpose of your bedrooms or dining room.
Garden storage is a great way to add on a single room to your home, so long as it’s something like an office or generic storage. You could even create a reading nook, bar, games room or den. Garden storage is more than just a measly shed – it can be extremely versatile and made to look beautiful so as not to ruin the aesthetic of your garden, meaning it’s well worth looking into.
3. Try Smart Storage Solutions
A lot of people feel like they don’t have any space in their homes because the storage facilities they currently have are not space-saving. You likely have bulky items like floor-to-ceiling bookcases and large chests of drawers, both of which take up lots of space within your home.
If you have lots of bulky furniture, look to swap it with smart storage furniture, like underbed storage for your clothes and wall-mounted shelves for your books to free up valuable floor space. It’s also worth doing a de-clutter, but implementing more savvy storage solutions is a great way to condense your belonging down into a more usable and sensical order.
These are just three ways you can increase space in your home. Do you have any clever tips and tricks for creating more space? If so, share the below to help others out!
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