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In 2020, many homeowners are remodeling their houses to add value or improve their lifestyles. However, it can be hard to tell which remodeling ideas will make the most difference.

Here are a few home improvement ideas you and your family will love.

1. Extending the Kitchen

One of the most popular and useful remodeling trends today is extending and opening up the kitchen. More counter space is always a bonus, and opening up the kitchen allows for more options when entertaining.

Opening up the wall to the living space also ensures that anyone involved in meal prep feels connected to those in other parts of the house. While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to upgrade your countertops and refresh cabinets, especially if you’re planning to sell your home in the future.

2. Adding a Laundry Room

Laundry rooms are extremely practical. If you’ve ever felt frustrated by having to clutter up your living room or bedroom with hang-dry laundry, you are sure to benefit from a dedicated laundry room. If you already have a laundry room, you may want to spruce it up to make laundry feel like less of a chore.

Laundry rooms don’t necessarily have to be large. They need to be big enough to house the washer, dryer, detergent, a drying rack, and ideally a counter for folding clean laundry, but that’s about it. If you do have more space, you may want to use it to store extra linens or other household supplies.

If you are interested in adding a laundry room for your next remodel project, look for a space that already has plumbing hookups or is near a room with running water. Alternatively, you could use a mudroom or extra bedroom.

3. Finishing the Basement

Basements are often among the most under-used spaces in the entire house. In many homes, they are dark and slightly creepy areas where furnaces and little-used household supplies lurk.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Your basement could be transformed into a space you love.

Here are a few ideas for what you could do with your basement:

  • Create a home gym
  • Develop your laundry area into a room with organized storage space
  • Design an entertainment space with a wet bar and a home theater

That’s just the beginning! You can find even more ideas in an earlier post on how to make the most of your basement.

Finishing your basement could give you the extra room you’ve always wanted without needing to construct an addition. (And if you do want an addition, we can help with that, too.)

4. Building Storage

As your family grows and time passes, it’s inevitable that you will accumulate new stuff. It’s important to find a place to hide those buckets of beach toys and ski equipment, or it will clutter up open areas for years.

Conquer the clutter by adding storage space during your next remodel. It doesn’t have to be obvious to the visitor’s eye: you can use unexpected spaces like under the stairs or over a doorway. You might also consider creating walk-in closets, especially in bedrooms with extra floor space.

5. Adding a Home Office

Home offices are increasingly practical for anyone who works at least partially from home. As technology reshapes when and where work can be done, many office workers are relocating work to their own homes.

For your next remodel, consider recommissioning your basement, attic, or a spare bedroom as a home office space. By creating a dedicated work area, you will make it easier to mentally shift into work mode whenever you need to.

6. Planning for a Lifetime

Housing needs can become quite different due to aging or disability. In a perfect world, every person with mobility challenges would live in a home with no stairs. However, even if that’s not possible, you can still take actions that will make your home safer and more convenient. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Adding non-slip flooring, especially in the entryway and in the bathroom
  • Replacing stairs with ramps, or at least installing rails on both sides of the stairs and increasing visibility with contrast strips
  • Repairing uneven areas on the walkway toward the home
  • Changing to an open shelving design or roll out trays in the kitchen for easy access
  • Adding grab bars and a fold-down seat or bench in the shower

Remodeling for accessibility will help you or your aging relatives stay comfortable in your home over time.

7. Creating Convertible Spaces

In past decades, moderate-to-large homes were often built with “museum rooms,” such as formal living rooms and dining rooms, that were rarely used. Today homeowners are embracing convertible spaces that can be used for a variety of purposes throughout the year.

For example, you might want a private office space or study that can be converted to an easy-flow entertainment space by folding away the walls. Or you might want to convert a living room into a guest room.

Convertible spaces are worthwhile for homeowners who want to use their whole home, rather than reserving certain spaces like dining rooms for a few special occasions per year.

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At SSR, our goal is to take our customers’ vision and turn it into reality. With over 75 years of combined experience in remodeling in new construction, our goal is to exceed your expectations in workmanship and customer service.

Contact us today to get a free estimate or discuss your home improvement ideas.

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