When remodeling your house, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is which projects to prioritize. Ideally, a home remodel should make your life easier, add value to your property, and last for years to come. While kitchen and bathroom remodels are the most popular, there are some other home renovations that you might also consider.
An ADU, or accessory-dwelling unit, is basically a small apartment incorporated into your home. In the past, these were sometimes called “in-law suites,” but today people use them for a variety of purposes, such as guest quarters, or renting out for additional income. Anywhere you have extra space, such a garage, basement, attic area, or sunroom, can be converted into an ADU, as your local ordinances dictate. You’ll need to add a small kitchen and a bathroom. A separate entrance from the main house is also a good idea.
A Garage Makeover
A full garage makeover can make your life easier and open up space for a hobby, workshop, or storage. If your garage isn’t fully finished, start there. Add drywall and seal or paint the concrete floor. Make sure you have enough electricity and lighting for your purposes. Next, maximize your storage by adding shelves and cabinetry. The extra counter space can be handy. Organizing your tools is a must, not only for convenience, but also to protect them. Foam cutout tool boxes help keep your garage organized. Whenever you want a tool, you’ll know exactly where to find it.
You might be surprised how a laundry room renovation can make your life easier. Many laundry rooms are used as multipurpose rooms and, as a result, tend to be cluttered and disorganized. A well-designed laundry room can increase your storage space and make cleaning more efficient. Built-in cabinets and shelving can help you store cleaning supplies and put clutter out of sight. You can use one cabinet as a pull-out hamper. A retractable drying rack or hide-away ironing board can also save space. Adding a high-efficiency washer and dryer can help you save on utility bills.
If you use your imagination, you can use a home remodel to improve your lifestyle in many ways. While you’re planning how to use your remodel budget, don’t overlook investing in a few key valuable projects that could make your home life more efficient and relaxing.