You may choose to remodel your home purely for aesthetic purposes, but there’s a lot to be said for enhancing functionality while you’re at it. Your taste in design may change, but a well-functioning home never goes out of style. There’s a reason the saying is “form follows function”—not the opposite. Here are five remodeling tips to improve the functionality of your home.
1. Add Square Footage
Your home may have been the perfect size when you purchased it, but for whatever reason, that just isn't the case anymore. Adding square footage to the floorplan of your home can immediately increase its functionality. There are plenty of ways to put the square footage to work for you and your family:
- If you're a small business owner and want to work from home more often, add an office.
- If you're a mom of three who wants to stay active without leaving her kids; add a gym.
- If you want a dedicated space for your hobby, add a craft room or workshop.
- If you really just need more living space for you and your growing family, additional bedrooms and bathrooms are an excellent investment.
However you decide to use your extra square footage in your remodeled home, it’s almost certain to add functionality.
2. Increase Storage
Have you ever heard someone complain about having too much storage in their home? Of course not! That being said, there’s a pretty good chance your household could use some additional storage solutions. Consider the many ways you could increase your home’s storage:
- Increase the number and size of closets
- Add cabinetry in bathrooms and kitchen
- Create built-in storage solutions in bedrooms and living areas
- Redesign bathrooms to include more storage options
- Supplement existing kitchen storage with an island, pantry, and separate prep area
A remodeling professional can help you determine the best solutions for your specific space. Regardless of how you add it, more room to keep and organize your belongings will make your home easier to use.
3. Open FloorPlan
You love your historic home, but the choppy floor plan, formal dining room, and isolated kitchen hinder your everyday routine. You can increase your home’s functionality by opening up the floorplan. Depending on your home, that may mean removing non-load-bearing walls, creating larger communal areas, or rethinking its entire flow. A design-build team can help you optimize your home’s floorplan for a more functional lifestyle.
4. Improve Natural Light
Windows, solar tubes, and skylights are excellent ways to let more natural light into your home. Increased natural light can
- Improve the overall health and mood of your household
- Decrease your utility bill by reducing the need for electric lights
- Showcase the interior beauty of your home in the best way possible
No matter how you choose to add natural light, it will enhance the look, feel, and functionality of your home.
5. Prepare for “Forever”
Your current home may be one that you want to spend the rest of your life in. A remodeling project can incorporate the changes necessary for functional living in the days, years, and decades ahead. This is the perfect opportunity to move all necessities, including the master bedroom, bathroom, and laundry room to the main level. A remodeling project with “forever” in mind may also involve converting your shower/tub combo into a walk-in shower for easier use in the future. Maybe you’re at the point where an in-law suite would be helpful, or maybe you need to add a wing for your aging parents. Whatever your specific situation warrants, a remodeling project can achieve it.
If you’re ready to improve the functionality of your Boston-area home, contact Thomas Buckborough and Associates. The team at TBA can work with you to develop a comprehensive remodeling plan that will improve all areas of your home’s function. Regardless of your needs, our experts have a remodeling solution. Schedule your consultation today!