Every now and again, Hubby and I think about whether the house we’re living in will be our forever home. We are often faced with the decision to move or perhaps extend our current home to make it work for us for years to come. So far we have settled on different ways to increase living space on a budget to see if it saves us money in the long run by staying put.
A conservatory is the obvious choice for extending the house into the garden. DIY conservatories are becoming more popular lately, and can provide that extra space at a lower cost than brick-built structures. Having a conservatory can take the pressure off living space by providing a dining room, playroom, or even office space.
Organising the house as a whole can often free up plenty of space as we have found in the past. Having children and lives together means you accumulate a lot of “things”. We have amassed a lot of additional items over the years we have been living in this house, and we’re not great at regular decluttering. By getting the house organised slowly we have learned that it is a great way to make the house feel bigger than it is.
If you don’t have the money or space for a conservatory, then a garden office can be another alternative. We don’t have the space in our garden for an additional building aside from the shed, but having that space would be amazing to be able to have a dedicated space to work in. We currently use a spare bedroom as a shared office which we are lucky to have, but it would be lovely to an extra room in the garden for some peace and quiet sometimes.
If you need an additional bedroom, it might be cheaper to extend into the loft rather than buying a bigger house. Depending on your house obviously, this is an option we have known other people do successfully in the past. You would have to visit that option of organisation and decluttering first though.
When we moved into our current home, our garage had been converted into a dining room. It’s a good idea and as our drive is big enough for two cars, we have appreciated the extra room in the house. Plenty of people in our area have done this from looking around so it seems to be a popular option. The room would also be big enough for an additional bedroom if it was needed.
How would you increase your living space?
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