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New Homeowners: Make The Most Of Unused Space

By Evette Garside @evette77

According to a report from Trulia, an expert in real estate listings for rentals properties to purchase, Americans are not satisfied with the size of their home. The American dream of becoming a homeowner has opened a Goldilocks challenge of impossible choices. It's difficult to say whether the mediatic representation of the perfect family home is misguided or whether homeowners struggle to make their budget meet their expectations, but the truth is that your place never feels quite right. A majority of Americans are looking for a place that is a different size than their current one.

The aging part of the population is worried that the home has become too big to manage, both practically and financially. However, most Millennials want to upsize their property. Ultimately, the typical housing size has jumped in the past 40 years, from 1750 square feet in the 1970s to 2745 square feet today. With an almost 60% increase, it's understandable that new homeowners expect more from their house.

Unfortunately, financial considerations tend to put a stop to size aspirations. Buying bigger is synonymous with high expenses, a more significant mortgage loan, and costly maintenance. As a result, upsizing becomes a long-term goal for new homeowners, which gives them the opportunity to save toward their objective. However, if you are feeling a little cramped in your current home, you don't have to wait to take back control of your space. Did you know that you could tap into your unused space to make your house feel roomier without breaking the bank? Here's how to go big without moving home!

There's outdoors and outdoors

Too many homeowners think of their home size in terms of indoor rooms. While there is no denying that, ultimately, the definition of a home is a building structured by walls and a roof, it's important to think outside the box. The outdoor area of your property could provide you with the extra space you need to live comfortably. Indeed, how much love do you give to your porch? Don't feel ashamed if you haven't yet found a purpose to it. Most young families tend to forget about the potential of this protected, area just outside of your home. It's time to stop neglecting your porch to turn it into a cozy extension of your lounge or even your reception area. Indeed, it's easy to address the issue. First of all, you should check the porch for risk factors. For instance, if it has been left unmaintained for a long time, it's likely to have developed water and rotting wood troubles, which need to be tackled before you can use the space. Then, all you need to make it work is a little bit of decorative love!

You'll be pleased to know that you can apply the same principles to your abandoned patio, conservatory, or even office shed. Keep your eyes open for the spaces that are hiding in plain sight outside! They help to make your home feel bigger than it is.

The forgotten room nobody likes

Whether it's a tiny bedroom at the top of the stairs or the once pantry room that has been left untouched, most old houses have an awkward space that nobody likes to think about. It is small and dark, and all together, you don't have a good feeling about it. Unfortunately, it's a common practice for homeowners to forget about the areas that they couldn't decorate for lack of furniture or purpose. Perhaps now is the time to reclaim your forgotten room. First of all, you might want to give the area thorough clean - don't just stop at vacuuming, a twist and shout mop is a necessary investment for neglected spots! Try as much as possible to empty the room so that you can measure it accurately before decorating it. Three reasons can push homeowners to intentionally ignore a room: It's too dark, too cold, or too awkwardly designed. Thankfully, with a little bit of DIY, you can conquer most obstacles!

Who needs an alcove anyway?

Sometimes, it's not so much about the extra room, but more about the odd shape of your current living area. The nook in the living room, the bizarre alcove by the bedroom, these spaces are often left undisturbed because you don't know what to do with them. However, you can use an unremarkable alcove to dramatically transform your working life by creating a self-contained home office. Start a weekend project that lets you make the most of the available tiny spots of your home.

The room that doesn't really exist

Does your home come with a basement or an attic? In the old days, people used the space under the roof or the ground floor as storage areas. However, nowadays, the introduction of storage facilities in town means that you can transform your attic into a bedroom without running out of storage space. However, before you place furniture inside the room, you need to make it safe and liveable by fitting a flooring solution, insulation boards, and additional plasterboards to fit the gaps between the loft beams.

You're wasting space unnecessarily

The home is ideally sized for your family. But your furniture isn't. Have you ever thought that your bed or your table was too big? Space-saving furniture can completely transform the space by combining the essential functions of multiple items. A foldable wall-mounted table, for instance, can make a small kitchen feel spacious. Similarly, it can be tricky to find the right type of furniture for an awkwardly shaped room. But, if you're willing to put some effort into the project, you could custom-made basic furniture elements to fit your situation. You don't need to start from scratch; you can adapt your existing items!

Your decor fills the room

A colorful decor that combines too many different and clashing hues can make an adequately-sized area appear cramped. Similarly, the presence of clutter not only takes over the space but also affect your perception of the room itself.

The bottom line is that most homeowners are unhappy with the size of their home. The secret is not to find out how to upsize, but instead to figure out what you could transform to make your home feel just right.


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