18 Oct Reimagining Your Home
Transform Your Living Space without Changing Your Address.
Home, sweet home. If the last few years have taught us anything, it is that our homes have never been more important to our quality of life. For many spending more time and working in their home, they’ve been able to evaluate how it does (and doesn’t) function close up. Perhaps a house that was once perfect for a young couple is now straining under the addition of children, or a floorplan that served well outside of office hours is not so functional as a work-from-home space.
Whatever the reason, many of us are re-evaluating our homes and how they work for us as never before. The neighborhood might be perfect, but our home may leave us wanting more at this stage in our lives. And, with higher interest rates and a slower real estate market, it may not make sense to go through the expense and hassle of selling and moving, especially if we love our location.
A good first step is to consider how you use your existing space. We tend to fill up the space we have, but not necessarily with what we need or is most functional. This may be a good time to declutter and take a hard look at what occupies space in your home, donating or selling those items that no longer serve a purpose or fit your style. The ability to repurpose a room or open an area up visually can make your home more functional and attractive.
But sometimes, decluttering just isn’t enough. After all, you’re still using the same layout and restrictions that come with existing spaces and wall placement. If that’s the case, reimagining your existing space may be the answer. When we work with our clients, we help them first get clarity on what their needs and desires are for their home. To help us do that, we often take a top-down “dollhouse” view of their home (imagine removing the roof and examining the space as a whole) to consider different ways we could reconfigure the space to work better for their particular needs. The key is to take a holistic view to ensure different areas function well both in their own right and together with each other.
Of course, reimagining your current space requires certain expertise. You need to know what works within the existing footprint and what you can change while considering the home’s structural attributes and functional components such as plumbing and electrical.
And if the answer is ultimately you just need more space, you may want to consider adding on to the existing structure. In fact, many of our projects involve both repurposing the existing home and seamlessly integrating it into an addition. Again, there are many factors to consider when you are contemplating adding on to your home’s existing footprint.
Are you ready to reimagine your home as one that works better and more beautifully for you? Let us help. As a highly respected and proven local design-build firm that has served generations of homeowners, we’d love to put our experience and design skills to work for you. Let’s talk.