When children grow up and claim more space or the family gets bigger, we often face the problem of lack of space. You dream then of an extra room that could be very useful, but the rooms of the house are unfortunately all occupied. And if there were not one, but three ways to expand your home?
Give new life to your cellar
Many houses have cellars or basements that serve as storage and remain totally unexploited. It’s such a shame, because these rooms are a plus for the living space, but few people know how to enjoy. It is true that having the ideas to build a house is not always obvious, but it can be learned. So, to make your basement a new room, a library or a game room, you will have to clean, repaint, redo the ceiling, the floor and install plugs, etc., but most importantly is the lighting.
Indeed, a basement is usually a dark place, little airy and sometimes wet. To make it a habitable room, it will therefore be necessary to install windows and other devices to enjoy the natural light to minimize the use of lights. It will also be necessary to ensure the possibility of the installation of ventilation and heating, without forgetting to solve the problems of humidity, which could lead to mushroom invasions.
If you have an undeveloped attic, you can convert it in the same way as the basement. On the other hand, if your home has a roof directly above the ceiling, you can create one or perhaps even several rooms by raising your roof. Obviously, this operation can only be carried out if the foundations of your house allow it, and it will be necessary to obtain a license of extension. The elevation of the roof can offer alternatives for the new room you plan to create: a mezzanine or a whole new floor.
If the foundations of your house or the plans of urbanization do not allow you to raise an additional floor, you can opt for the mezzanine. Your choice may just as well be based on your budget, your tastes and your needs. But, whatever it is, think to choose the right model of staircase so that this one does not become a source of clutter of the room which accomodates it.
Make use of your garden’s free space
Everyone is not lucky enough to have a garden. So if you have one and on the other hand, your living space at home is no longer enough, why not make an extension? The idea is simple, it is to create a new room by building a continuity of your house on the free space of your yard or your garden. Here too, obtaining a building permit is required before starting work. Be aware, however, that the costs may be quite high, because just like raising the roof, the extension works are similar to those of a new construction.