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3 Ways to Alter the Existing Floorplan of Your Home

Do you love you home and its location, but life and its changes have made it where it’s just not quite right? Maybe your kids are now teens and need more space, or you need to move an aging parent in to take care of them, or sometimes you just get tired of a dated, traditional floor plan. Whatever the reason, it is almost always possible to alter your house’s floor plan to meet your current needs. And, considering the state of the housing market, it may even be more affordable to alter than to buy new. Below are three projects to consider.

Create an Open Floor Plan

Previously, single family homes were divided into rooms with specific purposes. But gone are the days of the formal dining and living rooms, so why not take advantage of the space in the two least used rooms of a home and create an open floor plan. Choose a contractor experienced in designing and building open floor plans so you don’t compromise the integrity of the home’s structure. But the right design can make the space feel bigger, add natural light, is great for entertaining, and can increase the resale value of your home.

Finished Basement

Finishing a basement is hardly a new idea, but it is still a good one because of the Return on Investment (ROI). A finished basement can be utilized in so many ways – a game room, a home office, an entertainment center/home theatre, an additional bedroom, or even as an apartment that can be rented out – all of which increases a home’s value. Of course, there are important considerations to address before starting such a project like zoning issues, water seepage, and emergency egress. Choose a designer and contractor that is familiar with the challenges of basement refinishing.

In-Law Suite

An in-law suite, also known as a granny flat, guest cottage, or Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), has become more popular in recent years because they allow parents to “age in place” with their adult children instead of moving into an assisted living arrangement, saving both cost and worry for all involved. Generally, an in-law suite is a private space for parents that is part of, attached to, or on the property of an existing home. They can be a converted garage or basement, a renovation of existing rooms, a custom-built addition, or a small cottage or “tiny house” depending on the home’s footprint, the homeowner’s budget, and the needs of the parent. They also include safety features for current or future needs, like wheelchair accessibility, grab bars and shower seats in the bath, room for a hospital bed, and limited steps (if any at all).

If you are looking to find more space in your home, be open to altering the footprint. Whether it is an open floor plan, a finished basement, or an in-law unit, it will most certainly increase the value of your home and provide you with satisfaction for years to come.

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Nick Kornea, President / Designer at Luxury Bath and Kitchens

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