Renovate Your Home: 5 Smart Fixes

Do you feel cramped in your home? Do you always find yourself lacking that one extra room? Well, if yes, don’t move house just yet! With a simple renovation, you can turn your home from “meh” into “wow”! Here are five best and smartest renovation fixes you should try this year.

Use your basement or attic

Do your basement and attic look like something that came out of a horror movie? Well, they really don’t have to! Practically, this is extra space for a new bedroom, playroom or office just waiting to be grabbed. These rooms don’t need a toilet and require only a few fixtures, which makes them perfect for attic or basement repurposing. Just make sure the basement is free of mold and mildew and your attic has sufficient thermal and noise insulation. Both should have ample ventilation and natural light sources. It might be hard to work with windows in these awkward spaces, but skylights and skydomes are great solutions.

Make space work for you

While you can’t really make your bedroom double as kitchen, there are other ways to make better use of what you have. Some rooms don’t have to be used for only what they are intended during building! For instance, many smaller families often skip dining in the dining room and take their meals in the living room. In that case, make sure to turn your formal dining room into a small home office! You can still use it for dinner, just turn a few gadgets and papers into dedicated storage and voila!

Build an addition

This is probably the most demanding home renovation project you can undertake, but it’s also the most effective. Building an addition can add plenty of extra space to your home and really boost its value. However, depending on where you live, you might need a legal permit to start your building! You will also have to be very organized with your budget. Experts state that an average addition costs between $200 and $300 per square foot, so keep that in mind before you start your engine.

Additionally, this is not a project you can DIY. You need reliable contractors to manage the design, building and finishing stages. Also, make sure to find excellent formwork systems that will make your building easy and cost-effective. These systems are especially practical during floor construction and other places that need to serve as a water barrier between the outdoor and indoor space. They can reduce both your construction time and costs by half! So, if money and time ARE a problem, opt for these smart building systems.

Take your living space outside

If adding a whole new wing to your home is a bit too much for you right now, you can put your outdoor space to good use instead of letting it be overgrown and wasted. By creating an outdoor room, you’ll expand your living space for a minimal cost! You won’t need any custom furniture or anything—there are cheap, weather-proof pieces in every Home Depot, together with waterproof rugs, pillows, tables and lighting! Your outdoor room will have the best effect if you add some cover. A mobile gazebo is pretty affordable and it can be moved if you happen to sell the home!

Boost storage

If you lack space in a way that makes your home look cluttered and untidy, you might want to boost storage and get things off the floor. Use that vertical space that usually gets neglected and build a few stylish shelves. These cost only $20 per linear foot and you can install them yourself! Shelves will provide you with more floor space and help keep clutter at bay. You can also invest in double-duty furniture like tables with drawers, ottomans and benches with under-seat storage and beds that utilize the space underneath.

As you can see, your house probably has extra space as long as you know where to look! So, don’t give up on it just yet, but invest in smart renovations!

Lana Hawkins

Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor-in-chief at Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that's where she gets most of her inspiration.

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