Ways to ex­pand liv­ing spa­ces

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - COMFORTS OF HOME -

Home­own­ers look­ing to add more space to their homes do not nec­es­sar­ily need to make ma­jor ren­o­va­tions. They sim­ply have to see the pos­si­bil­i­ties in out­door liv­ing spa­ces.

Out­door liv­ing spa­ces are cov­eted niches in a home. The Amer­i­can Home Fur­nish­ings Al­liance says more than 70 per­cent of Amer­i­can house­holds have out­door liv­ing spa­ces, and nearly 70 per­cent of peo­ple use these spa­ces at least once per week in-sea­son. Fur­ther­more, home­own­ers are in­creas­ingly in­ter­ested in en­hanc­ing these spa­ces to make them more us­able and comfortable.

A re­cent sur­vey from the on­line home de­sign and re­mod­el­ing re­source Houzz found that more than 4,500 users were plan­ning a land­scape up­date. In ad­di­tion, 56 per­cent of home­own­ers sur­veyed were mak­ing up­dates to im­prove their yards for en­ter­tain­ing.

While the cre­ation of out­door liv­ing spa­ces can cost thou­sands of dol­lars de­pend­ing on the ren­o­va­tion, home­own­ers have more bud­get-friendly op­tions at their dis­posal as well. The fol­low­ing are some ways to cre­ate invit­ing spa­ces no mat­ter how much square footage is present.

Re­vamp a garage or shed

Rather than turn­ing a stor­age area into a catch-all for items time for­got, clean out the space and put it to bet­ter use. For in­stance, kids may ap­pre­ci­ate their own club­house away from the main liv­ing area. These spa­ces also can be handy bonus rooms for when Mother Na­ture doesn’t co­op­er­ate and back­yard guests need to seek shel­ter. Wall art, cur­tains, a pen­dant light and some comfortable out­door-com­pat­i­ble fur­ni­ture can quickly trans­form a space.

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