When homeowners in Australia bought their homes, many years ago, they thought that the house would be big enough for the family that they had planned for. However, as the years moved on and the number of children in the household grew, they were in a situation where the house was no longer big enough. In today’s property market, buying a bigger home isn’t as easy as it sounds. The price of property now, has risen dramatically, and so one would have to take on an additional job just to pay the mortgage on the new house. Thankfully, there is another option and it comes in the form of creating more space within your current structure.
Under Utilised Space.
Many homeowners have space in their homes that is being under-utilised, and the extra space is there, you just have to use your imagination a little bit more, to see it. These changes can all be made by your local building contractor and he has many ideas that he can discuss with you, about creating extra rooms and thus extra space in your property. However, quite a number of homes in Australia have been around for quite some time, and although they are still as strong as they were the first time that they were built, some building products that were used back then are totally unsuitable now. This is why if you want to make changes to your current home, it makes sense to get some asbestos testing done before you start pulling down roofs and ripping out walls.
When you get your property tested for asbestos, you can then make some essential changes to create additional space. The following are just some ideas of how your builder can make your small home, a little bit bigger.
- The attic – Also known as the loft, this is a space at the top of the home that is very seldom used, and the only thing that you will find up there are boxes of unused junk and last year’s Christmas tree. This is a place that is ripe for changing and it can be turned into one large bedroom, or two smaller ones. The addition of a skylight in the roof and your kids will be fighting over who gets to sleep in this new room.
- The garage – The garage is seldom used for the very purpose that it was built. Most car owners just park their vehicle in the drive or on the street, and the garage ends up being used as a store or a laundry. Your builder can turn this into a granny flat, that your eldest can stay in and it will provide them with the privacy that they have been crying out for, for years.
These are just two of the many ways to create additional space in your current property. All you need to do is sit down with your local builder and discuss your ideas with him. He has done this kind of work before numerous times, so no matter what you suggest, it is probably very doable.