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Are you happy with the size of your home? Could you use some more space? It’s easy to outgrow your home over time, but that doesn’t mean you need to look for a new house. There are ways you can add more room without spending a lot of money. Many of these options you can even do yourself or with only minor assistance. Take a look at these DIY home additions that your family should consider for inspiration.
Enclose a Porch or Patio
If you have outside space you’d like to get more use out of, perhaps you should consider enclosing it. You can do this in a number of ways. One simple consideration would be simply to screen in your porch area, which would make it more practical for use during the warm season. You could enjoy this enclosed space without having to worry about being bothered by bugs or insects. You might want to go a step further and enclose the area with a more permanent structure by turning it into a livable sunroom. This involves making sure the walls are strong enough to support snow cover and that there is heating. Your new sunroom will be a full-function space to enjoy throughout the year.
Finish an Attic
It may also be possible to finish your attic without much trouble. To be considered a livable space, there should be stairs leading to the attic and there should be a ceiling of at least seven feet covering half of the floor area. Add some blown-in insulation to make the space more comfortable and energy efficient. Like basements, be sure there’s a window if you plan to use your new attic area as a bedroom. This newly created living space could have a number of creative uses.
Consider a Prefab Building
Think about installing Prefab Steel buildings which are a simple way to add more living space to your life. Though it may not be attached to your home, this type of easily-assembled, prefabricated building is convenient and versatile. It can be used for many purposes such as a workshop, storage area or even an office or craft room, among other ideas. These buildings typically come in kits for ease of assembly and customization. A prefab building is a great option for those who lack the budget, time or know-how to construct a building from the ground up.
Turn an Entryway into a Mudroom
While this project isn’t adding additional space, it can help you to get more out of your existing room. Adding seating, shelving, storage and hooks to your entryway is a simple way to convert it into a usable mudroom where you family can remove their jackets, boots and other outerwear. You can also store these things, along with other practical items.
Finish the Basement
An option lots of homeowners consider when planning home additions is finishing the basement. If your basement is simply concrete walls and flooring, you’re missing out on valuable living space. A basement can easily be turned into an entertainment space, small apartment or exercise room. The financial, labor and time investment will vary depending on the project you plan, but finishing the basement could quite easily be a DIY endeavor. If using the new room as a sleeping area, be sure to add an emergency exit such as an exterior door and windows.
These DIY home additions are all something that can be taken on with relative ease. They make adding space to your home possible and accessible. No more wishing you had more room. Now you just need to decide what type of project to take on next.