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Remodeling on a Budget: Stealing Space

Remodeling on a Budget: Stealing Space By AJ Fanter
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Tired of bumping into your significant other when you're getting ready in the morning? Are your cabinets so jammed you need to get creative every time you come home from the grocery store? You're not alone.

Many homeowners turn to remodeling in order to gain much needed living and storage space. If your home improvement plans call for adding square footage, but you want to keep your remodeling costs to a minimum, here are some ways get the space you crave without demolishing your home improvement budget.

Saving Space (And Your Remodeling Budget)

According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), one cost-saving home improvement option is a space reconfiguration  If, for example, you have a storage closet next to your bathroom, you can "steal" space from that neighboring room while adding storage via built-in shelving. Another way to gain space is through the creative use of windows, skylights, and vaulted ceilings. These home improvement options will provide the illusion of space without actually increasing the size of the room.

Making Space... On a Budget

In some cases stealing or creating the illusion of space simply isn't enough. If you do need to add to the size of your home, try to keep your expansion within the existing roof line and between two and four feet. This way you'll not only avoid the cost of adding a new roof, but you may be able to cantilever the floor, eliminating the need for excavating and pouring a new foundation. Finally, before you expand, take time to speak with a heating contractor to make sure your heater can handle the new space; otherwise you could wind up replacing your heating unit if it gets damaged.

With careful planning, your remodeling project can give you the space you need, even on a budget.


About the Author
AJ Fanter is a freelance writer based in Reno, NV.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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