For many households, there is a point where you’ve outgrown your current house. Just like clothing and shoes, houses can be outgrown. Most often, the need for more space comes when you’re expanding your family through children, aging parents, adoption, or pets. People of all ages acquire things, and it can sometimes start to be a squeeze when new things are added but the space doesn’t change.

When this happens, moving isn’t always an option. Instead, what many homeowners and families decide to do is upgrade the home instead. Here are five solutions to upgrade your home for a growing family so that you don’t have to worry about packing up and moving.

Research Before You Upgrade
Before diving into the different upgrades that you can do to improve the space of your home, let’s discuss some factors to consider. As with any initial investment, do some research: The location of the home and the market demand for your style of home can play big roles in the implications financially of extending your home. Certain upgrades, such as digging underneath the house to add in a basement or building upwards to add another floor, could impact the value of the home and the cost of the upgrade.

Different cities will have different building preferences. Take this into consideration when researching the kinds of upgrades available to your area. You’ll also want to avoid doing upgrades that radically alter your home in a way to makes it unappealing to future buyers, if you aren’t certain of staying in the home for quite a while. Keep in mind that even though additional building may seem expensive upfront, it is far less than buying a new home overall.

Now, without further ado, here are the top 5 ways to upgrade your home.

1. Knock out walls: You’ll need a Boise home builder to accomplish most building renovations like this, but knocking out walls is an excellent way to create a more open floor plan and more space for a growing family. An experienced builder can help you determine which walls are load-bearing versus which ones are not and can be easily knocked down or modified.

2. Add a second story: If you need an increase for a decent amount of room that a more open appearance won’t solve, adding a new floor could be an option. Expanding up instead of out is far easier, especially as most home lots don’t really provide the space to expand outward.

3. Look at a loft renovation: If you already have the necessary number of floors, or don’t want to add too much height to your home, look into renovating the loft or attic space. Exceptionally unique spaces have been created by talented designers and builders out of what was once a dusty storage space. These are also a favorite space for things such as bedrooms or playrooms because of the hidden away aspect. It’s like having a secret hideout!

4. Finish the basement: Many new homes have a basement built into the foundation of the house, but often, it is left as bare bones construction. Spending some time and investing some money into finishing the basement can easily add more space to your home.

5. Rearrange furniture and rooms: This last one would complement knocking out walls. Sometimes, even though a space feels cramped, all you need to do is rearrange the furniture and label a room for a different function. Rooms like kitchens and bathrooms are hard to do this with, but swapping bedroom spaces and living spaces, as well as dining spaces can open up a space and make your home feel roomier, thus giving you the necessary space for a growing family. If you get stuck with how to move your things around, consider asking the advice of an interior designer.

Redoing your home, whether through additions or rearranging, can give it a fresh look and a lot more space to provide for a growing family. Rarely is it necessary to move and spend exorbitant amounts of money to do so. Asking for professional advice is also a good place to start. A designer can provide an unbiased view of your home and help you make the most of it.