Changes that won’t bust bud­get

Central Queensland News - - WEEKEND -

IT MAY sound strange, but hav­ing too much space can be just as hard as not hav­ing enough. Chang­ing the lay­out of your home can be ex­pen­sive and cause up­heaval, but there’s an­other way to cre­ate cost-ef­fec­tive de­sign changes.

Chang­ing a room’s pur­pose can bring new life to for­got­ten ar­eas. For in­stance, empty-nesters who have grown chil­dren can of­ten find they have a bed­room sur­plus.

In those prop­er­ties, you can re-pur­pose a bed­room by chang­ing it into a tele­vi­sion room. By ditch­ing the bed and adding a me­dia unit, some bean bags and other fun fur­nish­ings, it’s now a space for the grand­kids.

If you’re wor­ried about los­ing a bed­room, you could make your of­fice multi-pur­pose and add a sofa bed. That way you still have work space, but then you’re also equipped for guests.

It’s all about the chang­ing stages of life and mak­ing your home work for the stage you’re at.

A for­mal din­ing room can be­come a games room. A dis­used bar can be­come a read­ing nook.

Bed­rooms can be­come stud­ies. These changes can be made with­out knock­ing down walls, or break­ing the piggy bank.

A room’s pur­pose can evolve with the chang­ing stages of your life so you con­tinue to take ad­van­tage of ev­ery room in your home.

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