4 projects to transform unused space in your home
It’s a misconception that home improvement projects are limited to the summer months.
If you don’t mind contractors in your home throughout the holidays and beyond, you may pay less for materials — and you’ll have an incredible new component of your house to show off. Consider these four relatively simple home upgrades.
Reclaim your crawl space.
Crawl spaces don’t have to be creepy. You can repurpose this oft-overlooked corner of your home by turning it into a storage area.
The most important step is installing a vapor barrier, which will stop moisture from entering your home through the space’s damp dirt floors. This prevents mold, reduces electrical hazards and preserves pipes. When your pro is finished, store anything from seasonal items to canned goods in airtight containers to keep pests away — and free up space upstairs. Homeowners report paying $0.50 to $0.75 per square foot for a vapor barrier, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide. Labor charges vary based on the size and condition of your crawl space.
Rethink your unfinished basement.
If your basement is unfinished and underutilized, don’t wait any longer to maximize its potential. Set up that home theater you’ve been dreaming of, or add a guest bed and bath to take full advantage of the extra square footage. Make note: There are several factors that play into cost, including framing, drywall, ceilings, flooring and any necessary electrical or plumbing work. In HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide, homeowners report paying $6,500 to $18,500 to finish a basement, but the return on investment — at 69% — makes it an attractive project to tackle.
Make the most of nooks and crannies.
Perhaps you have a large bedroom and dream of an elaborate window seat, or maybe a well-placed breakfast nook could breathe new life into your kitchen. An interior designer is perfect for helping create a space that’s both eye-catching and functional. Designers differ from decorators because they’re licensed professionals trained on local building codes and regulations, and they’re able to work with architects to truly transform a space — whether it’s the cupboard under the stairs or a main thoroughfare. Homeowners report hiring interior designers starting at $50 an hour, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide.
Note: This price doesn’t include additional materials for the space.
Has your in-home office become a dust collector? If you aren’t finding the space functional, convert it into a place you and your family can enjoy. Whether it becomes a home gym or a playroom for your kids or grandchildren, you should alter the room to best fit your needs.
A handyman can help you set up equipment, hang mirrors or unwieldy photographs, or install purposeful storage. Homeowners typically pay $60 and $65 per hour for a handyman, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide.
Convert your office space.
An unused office can easily be converted into a playroom, home gym or hobby space.