Are you considering expanding or remodeling to get more space? It’s not just trees and grass that grows in spring, houses do too. You’ve acquired a lot of things over the winter. And not just new toys, clothes and kitchen gadgets — people and pets, too! Do you have a new baby in the house? An elderly relative? An adult child who has graduated from college? A new dog (or two)? Face it, you don’t have enough room anymore. You can’t even see the top of the washer or dryer, there’s no place in the kitchen to even make a sandwich and you can forget about fitting your car in the garage. You need space.
Spring is the time to start that remodel or add a room on, depending upon your needs. Is your garage vomiting sports equipment? Mountain bikes, kayaks, lacrosse sticks, bags of soccer balls and a Bowflex? A bump-out addition can make all the difference. Garage storage solutions are good ideas — get the rakes and shovels hanging on the walls, store the canoe in the rafters and install cupboards for the tools — but sometimes that still isn’t enough. You don’t want to leave yourself with a six-inch cushion to squeeze your car in between the trash bins and your old sneakers. The beauty of a bump-out addition is you can choose just how much space you want. Six feet? Perfect. Twelve? Fine. Sometimes it’s hard to tell just what you need, so be sure to consult with a professional and give him or her a look at what you’re up against.
Maybe your garage is already pretty empty though, and you want to put something in, like your in-laws or your twenty-something son who says he’s looking for a job. Turning your garage into an apartment is an excellent idea. The space already exists, so the construction costs are minimal, you can accommodate others while getting your house back to yourself, and if the space ever opens up again, you can rent it out and recoup your costs! Look into how fast and easy this improvement can be.
But a subterranean space may not be what you have in mind. If you have an older home with a small kitchen, it can be hard to accommodate today’s needs — toaster, blender, microwave, toaster oven, knife block, food processor, Keurig, rice cooker — it’s like you need a separate small appliance for every meal and beverage you make! Some people do a bump-out for their kitchen as well. This can save money, provide room for a breakfast nook and bring more light into the room. Most people have bigger ideas, though. A full kitchen, complete with center island, barstools and a six-burner stove — all surrounded with wood cabinets — is part of the American dream. Granite floors and countertops make you feel like you’re in an expensive restaurant all day long. Find out how much — or how little — you can spend on a kitchen expansion.
An extra bedroom would be really nice, too. You could use it now for one of the kids, but when company comes over, you can put that kid on a trundle upstairs and have a nice space on the main floor near a bathroom — with no stairs to climb.
The possibilities are endless. Stop allowing your family and possessions to permeate your home like carbon monoxide. Knock down that wall (or walls) and get the space you need. At FCI, we have been expanding and remodeling homes for decades. Call us today to see before and after pictures of our space-enhancing jobs, and find out how you can expand or remodel your home to get more space.