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How to Repurpose Space During a Remodel
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 • Posted June 1, 2010 10:00 PM

Remodeling can be a very dramatic way to improve the value and usable space of your home, but there are many other benefits other than those that are only financial. Remodeling a home and repurposing the space already available can dramatically transform the way the home flows and what activities can be done in the house. This can make a home more modern and more comfortable for everyone in it. Here are some Steps.

1. Change the function of a room: Changing what happens in a particular room is a very common thing to do when remodeling a home. Many people find that they have rooms in their homes that they don't use or don't fit the functions they need to have in the home. A good example is a formal dining or living room. Many older homes have several more divided and more formal rooms that aren't necessarily suited to the modern family lifestyle. These rooms can be changed into more casual spaces that will be used more frequently. Converting an old formal dining room to an office is a fairly common practice and having the closed off room provides the privacy that many people want while working from home.

2. Combine the function of more than one room:Another very common remodeling trick to make a home feel more modern and cohesive is to combine different rooms. Many families like the idea of a great room that connects the kitchen and family room into one space so that people can enjoy a meal and socialize all in one place at the same time. Doing this in a remodel project can be difficult and removing a wall or cutting a very large hole into one can be very difficult and challenging, especially depending on the confidence level of how the project will turn out. This can also be done by converting other areas of the house into multipurpose rooms that will be useful and conducive to the lifestyle that modern families live. Turning closed off laundry rooms and garages into mud rooms with storage capabilities is especially useful to many families.

3. Redefine a room:Redefining a room can be as simple as changing the décor and as complex as adding walls and new plumbing fixtures. As people have aging families, they find that they may not have all spaces they want in the house and may also see that many spaces they have are not being used. Converting a little used space into another bedroom or retreat can be a great way to transform a part of the house by remodeling. Sometimes this step can include adding a bathroom or wet bar to make the function of the room completely different than it was before.

Conclusion: No matter what kinds of plans you have for your home and what spaces you want to change by remodeling, you need to have the proper research and preparation to successfully complete the project. Planning any kind of renovation may be the most important of all the steps that need to be taken in the whole process. Planning includes budgeting and deciding what you really want to change in the home. This is essential to having a realistic image of what will really be the result of the project. Approaching a remodel project of any kind without a budget, timeline and plan firmly in place will almost always assure that too much money will be spent, that timelines will be passed and that they project won't go as smoothly as possible. When you are hiring a contractor, be sure to do plenty of research and ask for recommendations from people with real experience so that you can have the best people working on your home.

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