Generally, people living in small houses complain about not having enough “living space.”
But that’s not exactly true!
After looking in and around the house properly, you can discover that there is actually “enough” space to create an extra room.
Yes! You read it right. You CAN create an extra “functional” living space in your house without affecting square footage.
- Turn Attic Into A Cosy Retreat
Most of the houses have attic space that is not used properly. If you don’t know what the attic is, it is the small space under the roof of the building. It is generally small in size, making it perfect for creating a cozy retreat.
You can set up matters and cushions to make the place more inviting. Apart from this, if you have books or magazines, you can create a reading nook also. Attic generally has small windows; thus, you need not worry about ventilation or lighting. Even so, you can add fairy lights or stick-on lights to make the room warmer and inviting.
It is excellent for taking a break from everyday life and spending some “me time.”
- Create A Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) In Your Backyard
Accessory dwelling units are generally stand-alone buildings that are built in the backyard. It usually has a bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom. Thus, you can use it as a proper room for your kids, guests, or as granny suits.
Not to mention, building an ADU in your backyard is also a great way to earn passive income. You can use the space as a rental property and use the income for other house projects. In fact, many homeowners are building ADU to appreciate their house’s value.
So, if you have space in your backyard, you should also consider building ADU.
- Use Your Basement As Guest Suite
Elizabeth Willett has said, “Sometimes the extra room is right under your foot.” Therefore, you should consider using your basement as additional living space either for entertainment or as a guest suite. How you want to use the space is totally up to you. But one sure thing is that it will ensure utmost privacy.
However, you first need to improve the condition of the basement. Make sure there is no mold, pest, or damp space. Clean the place properly and also paint the wall. In addition to this, you also need to pay attention to the lighting of the area. Once all this is settled, you can use the space for any purpose.
Bonus: Garage Is Great For Kids Room
Similar to the basement, if you have a spare garage, you can also make use of it. You can create a kid’s room and fill it with necessary items such as a bed, cupboard, gaming section, books, etc.
Besides that, you can also use the room as a home office, studio, or art gallery.
Wrapping it up!
These are some ideas that you can try to create extra living space in your house. Apart from this, make sure you keep the house clean and well organized to make the place look spacious. Also, learn about the permits or local rules and regulations before beginning any project.