Home Remodeling and Room Renovation

by J on October 16, 2009

Does it feel like your house is bursting at the seams? Maybe your small children have become adult-size teens, or perhaps your home seems to serve as the local Holiday Inn for family and friends. It could be time for you to consider a room renovation or room addition. In this blog, we’ll look at repurposing existing space in your home.

If you have a spare room in your house, you may be able to make it over into a bedroom more conducive to company coming and going from your home. Perhaps this room needs to do double duty. Many people have an office/guest room that has to work for both purposes.

The key to pulling this off is to use your space for maximum efficiency. It is helpful to bring in a expert to plan your renovation. Decide what your major expenditures will be and set a budget. Some important considerations include the following:  painting or wall treatments, carpet or flooring, closet space, furniture and bedding.

First, choose a color scheme that will accommodate both an office and a guest room. If you won’t be hosting any clients in your office, you can opt for a more casual décor if you like. Decide what type of flooring will work best for the room. A hardwood floor is always a good choice, but maybe carpet will make for a warmer room, especially if it’s on a lower level.

Give careful consideration to the bed and furniture. If space is really tight, a Murphy bed just might be your perfect solution. These beds fold up out of the way when they are not in use and could be ideal for a room that doubles as an office. Other possible solutions could be either a day bed or a futon, both of which could serve as a couch by day and bed by night.

Consider purchasing office furniture which includes a drop-down desk top that folds up when not in use and includes plenty of cabinets and drawers. (These are also popular right now in kitchen remodeling projects.) This makes it possible to close up your office space to both protect your work and disguise any office clutter when it’s time for the room to house a guest.

Think about investing in a closet organizer for any extra storage you may need as well as a place for your guests to store their luggage. If your room does not have a closet, look into a standing wardrobe or armoire as an option to beef up your storage choices.

Choose a bedding style that will be easy care and one that will stand up to numerous washings. Especially if you have a lot of guests, the last thing you’ll want is the hassle of repeated trips to the dry cleaner.

Once your home remodeling project is complete, both you and your guests will enjoy the new repurposed space, and you’ll wonder how you made do for so long without it!

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