How to make better use of living space through remodeling

There are a number of approaches that you can take to improving your living space and making better use of it through remodeling. With the incredible increase in home prices over the last decade or so, it's becoming more and more difficult for the average, middle-class American family to purchase a home of the size that their parents were able to buy in the 60s and 70s. A four bedroom house is just a lot more expensive then it used to be, especially when coupled with higher interest rates on loans and mortgages, and the increase in energy costs and utility prices, as well as property taxes.

This is why a lot of American families are buying smaller houses, and then remodeling them to make better use of the smaller living space. While there are a number of practical things that you can do in terms of organization and so forth that will help you make better use of your living space, there are also a number of different remodeling projects that you can undertake that will help you make better use of your living space, especially if you're living in a smaller home, which many of us are.

Top 10 tips to make better use of space through remodeling

1. Overall, you should plan all of your remodeling projects so that you can create more space or at least create a feeling of more space.

2. Always be aware of which improvements are going to make your property value-and thus probably your property taxes-rise.

3. Always use energy conservation measures, both in the remodeling process and in your designs. Incorporation energy conservation techniques and approaches during this phase will help you save on energy and fuel costs later on.

4. Consider the garage. Or the attic. Or your basement. These unused spaces, along with a porch, can be a prime place to add another room to your house. These are, of course, pretty major remodeling projects. But think carefully about whether or not you really need space for three cars in your garage, and whether or not you would be better off turning your unused attic into another bedroom for the kids.

5. Think about adding some more windows. A south facing window will help light up your house during the winter. Skylights are also a great way to bring more natural light into your home. If you have a small north window, think about covering it up so that you have more wall space.

6. Add some artificial lighting. Some great lighting techniques that will bring more light and thus the feeling of more space into your home are track lights, recessed lights, or other fixtures, like wall sconces or lamps. Fluorescent lights cost less to run, and also give off more light.

7. If you're putting windows in your bathroom, put them higher up and make them larger so that you have more privacy and more light. This will make your bathroom feel bigger.

8. Take out a wall to open up some rooms. Or, if you don't particularly want to knock down an entire wall, put in a large archway in the middle of it so that you still have that open space between the two rooms. For example: you can create an archway that goes from the dining room to the kitchen. Or connect the dining room, the kitchen, and the living room. Of course, you need to remember to make sure that you're not taking out a wall that holds the roof up!

9. Raise your ceilings. By adding vertical space to an area, the room will feel bigger. You can even expose the rafters for a nice rustic look. Just don't forget to insulate afterwards!

10. When you are choosing fixtures for your bathroom and your kitchen, don't choose particularly ornate or fussy ones. Instead, choose nice streamlined ones because they seem to take up less room. Also, in your bathroom, if it's particularly small and you don't take baths, replace your tub with a clear doored shower.

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