Homeowners can always find something that needs to be done around the house. Owning a home is a long-term time and money commitment. As the years go by, not only does your home age and need upkeep, but your family ages and changes, as well, presenting many opportunities for making choices about your home. Every time a change occurs, it simply doesn’t make sense to move.
It does make sense to examine where you want to put your time and treasure and how important it is for you to be comfortable in your home. This is the first in a short series of blogs that examine the challenges of growing and changing within the same house and some solutions that can save you time and treasure.
One of the reasons you might consider remodeling your home is that your children are growing up. The last 10 years have gone by in a blink, and now instead of train tracks and doll houses, your home is filled with electronics and music. That play room on the second floor or the unfinished basement that used to be ideal for riding tricycles are no longer useful. You want to give your “tweens” and teens a place to hang out with their friends, and a place they can claim as their own.
There are several remodeling solutions to this challenge. Turning the basement into a teen hang out space is one. This might include finishing the basement and installing a theater, exercise room and game room. It does give the children their “own” space, but it’s also tough to monitor. A family room addition is another option. It offers more space, yet is on the main level, where your presence is felt, if not seen. Creating a great room is a solution that will embrace the concept of openness so that you and your teens can both claim your own space and share your space at the same time. It’s a work place and a play area all in one.
Ask your builder for some ideas on how to make the most of what you have so that your house can “grow up” right along with your family.