May 2016
Lyon Real Estate
Re-Purposing Small Spaces

When it comes to homeownership you can never have too much space for living or storage. In fact, having too little space is often a home owner's biggest complaint. With the myriad of readily available space-saving tricks such as multi-purpose furniture, floating shelves and wall cubes, the biggest resource in your home is often overlooked: the basement, attic, and/or garage!

No longer recognized as the dimly lit, creaky staircase stuff of horror films, basements and attics have been brought into the 21st century alongside smart home technologies. Garages are being recast; family game rooms, "man caves," craft rooms, second offices, personal gyms and in-house movie theatres are creative ways homeowners have re-purposed these extra spaces.

If you are unsure of what to theme your newly-found space, start by brightening the area with fresh paint, festive rugs, new lamps, or colorful curtains for basements and attics with windows. Garages can be power washed, re-painted, and have lighting added. Adding an area rug adds warmth. Set up a television for the kids to play video games and turn the garage into a comfy recreation room.

Once you have decided what to use your small space for, determine what kinds of adjustments need to be made and if building permits are needed for larger projects. One of the many benefits of larger projects and renovations on basements, attics, and garages is the potential increase in home value due to an additional room or unique amenity found nowhere else on your block.

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