If you have a smaller house (or a lot of stuff), you may find yourself at a constant loss for space. A home renovation may be just the thing you need to maximize storage and open up your home’s full potential. Below you’ll find tips and tricks for creating new space you never knew you had.

Add Built-In Shelving

Any wall that isn’t currently hosting furniture is a candidate for built-in shelving. Add floor-to-ceiling units with closed cabinets for hidden storage at the bottom and open shelves for books, knick-knacks, and other decorative elements on top.

TV walls and fireplaces make excellent locations for built-ins. You can fully surround both with functional, attractive storage space while creating a new focal point for your room. Built-in bookshelves are the perfect addition to an office or media room as well.

During a Home Renovation, Utilize the Space Under Your Stairs

More often than not, when a staircase is finished, the void underneath is walled in, becoming wasted space. Take advantage of your home renovation to open it back up! You could install deep drawers that recess in or cut a hole in the wall and add cabinet doors. Open shelving is also a good option.

If it’s a basement staircase, you can add a closet door to the back and utilize all of the space beneath for storage.

Enclose Your Patio

Patios are great additions to any home, providing space for outdoor living. But sometimes, you want to be outside without having to worry about bugs and the elements. Adding screened-in walls, a roof, and heaters allows you to use your outdoor space year-round, whether it’s raining, snowing, or a bright, sunny day. This home renovation project is relatively involved but not as big as a complete addition.

Add a Corner Pantry

Smaller kitchens might not allow for a large pantry unless you get creative with your use of the space. If you have an open corner, you can create a triangle by adding a wall and closet door and then build in shelving to create a corner pantry. This non-traditional shape is quite space-efficient, giving you easy access to everything contained within.

Another Great Home Renovation? Finish Your Basement

If your basement is unfinished, you’re turning your back on a considerable amount of extra living space. On the other hand, an unfinished basement provides an immense amount of open storage space. But you don’t have to pick. You can finish the area to satisfy both priorities, adding family space and smaller storage areas. You might include oversized closets in your design or leave some areas unfinished with large shelving units.

Add Loft Space

Is your family growing and you don’t have the space for everyone? Maybe you live in a small apartment and want to use your bedroom for other purposes. If you have high ceilings, you can add a loft space above your living area to create an additional sleeping area.

Build a Room Above Your Garage

The area above your garage is another great option for creating additional living space. Once built, you’ll connect the space to the rest of your second floor. Be sure to talk with your contractor about adding a vapor barrier between the garage and the room to prevent car exhaust from entering your living area.

Add More House With Your Home Renovation

Better utilizing your existing space is a great way to make incremental gains, but you can also create completely new space with an addition. You might add a sunroom onto the back of your house, expand your living room and master suite with a two-level addition, or add a new second (or third) floor.

A skilled contractor can sit down with you to analyze your current space and discuss your expansion options. At Cannon Construction Group, we’re experts at helping our customers realize their storage and living space dreams. If you live in the Stanwood/Camano Island, WA area, give us a call. We’d be happy to discuss what you’re trying to accomplish and make suggestions to improve your quality of life. Remote appointments are available.