People all over the world are making better use of their homes by creatively using spaces for more than one purpose. Renewal Remodels & Additions encourages you to envision your home in new ways. Instead of using your kitchen only for making food, consider doubling it up as a home office area. Would you like a dedicated game room, but you don’t have the space? We’ve got ideas for you! Are your children going to be schooling at home this year? Find innovative ways to incorporate study areas into your home.
Home Office in the Kitchen
With more companies offering work-from-home options, you may find yourself needing a place to set up your laptop, documents, and other work necessities. A spacious, well-lit kitchen may be the right spot! With a few tweaks here and there, you can use your kitchen for cooking and working. Consider these adjustments to create a kitchen home office:
- A built-in desk in the corner of a farmhouse kitchen looks like a part of the kitchen furniture and can offer plenty of storage space, especially if you mount a cabinet above the desk.
- Remodel an awkward space into a tiny desk with floating shelves above it. Use the same color as the rest of the kitchen to blend it in seamlessly.
- Built-in kitchen cabinets can be used for office supplies just as well as kitchen supplies. Use part of your long kitchen counter as an office desk and conceal outlets inside the cabinets.
Workplace in the Guest Bedroom
Does your guest bedroom sit empty most of the time? Transform your guest bedroom into a dual functioning space by adding office space.
- Make better use of it by installing a work center into the room. Your friends and family will still have a lovely room to relax in when they visit, and you have a private space to work when they leave.
- Will you have clients coming to your home? Build an outside door into your guest bedroom/home office. When guests stay, they will enjoy the private entrance. When clients come, you’ll appreciate that they don’t have to walk through the rest of your house.
Homeschooling Central in the Living Room
Whether you are a brand-new homeschooler or a veteran, you can always use new ideas to fit school areas into your home. You don’t need an entire room dedicated to desks, maps, and books. Instead, make your living room multifunctional.
- Frame your television with built-in shelves for storing books and media. Cabinets beneath the TV serve as great places to keep school projects. Add a ladder for an easy way to reach the shelves above your head.
- A coffee table may be your hardest-working piece of furniture when your kids use it for doing their schoolwork. Need a low chair? Try a footstool or a beanbag chair!
- If your living room area includes a large window, build a comfortable window seat beneath it for a fun reading spot and extra storage space.
Study Space in Your Child’s Bedroom
Encourage quiet study with a private retreat for your child right in his or her own bedroom.
- Build a combination study table and dressing table complete with a ceiling-height mirror for the illusion of extra space.
- Wall-mounted desks and cabinets save space and can easily be tucked into the corner of a small room.
- Build a loft for your child to sleep in. Personalize the space beneath the loft with a desk, chair, lamp, and storage baskets for a cozy study area.
One Converted Garage = Game room + Home theater + Music Nook
Need more square footage, and you don’t want to move? Converting your garage into a livable, multifunctional room is a great way to add value to your home and your life. What do you put in your converted garage? Let your imagination soar! These ideas might help you flesh out the details.
- One large room can be lined with many built-in shelves and storage cabinets to hold games, movies, books, and other collections.
- Be fun and creative with the design of your game room. Create a theme around your favorite sports team or video game.
- Do you have a musician in the family? Keep one section of the room dedicated to music practice.
- Encourage family togetherness with oversized couches and an awesome home theater center built into one wall.
- A bar and mini-kitchen would not be out-of-place in this type of multifunctional room.
Bump-out Home Gym and Reading Corner
A bump-out is a small room added onto your home. Bump-outs work great for opening up a large living area or creating a separate space for working out or studying.
- Make sure your bump-out room has lots of windows for natural light.
- Make a home gym area that won’t intrude on the activities of the rest of your family.
- Build bookshelves into a wall, add a cozy bench, and you’ve got yourself a small reading nook that is a little more private than the rest of your house.
How Can We Make Your Rooms Work Harder?
Now that you’re thinking about all the different ways you can use the rooms in your home, let us know how we can help. Renewal Remodels & Additions will listen carefully to your needs and create a multifunctional space that makes each inch of your home more usable. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our design experts.