(WDEF) One of the most common reasons to remodel a home is to create more space, especially in older homes that have smaller rooms and less square footage.
Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "The latest trends we are seeing in remodeling is about making your space more open instead of adding on. For example, if you have a small boxy kitchen and living room, we're seeing trends towards taking the walls down and opening the space up."
Contractors can often open up a wall between two rooms, like a family room and kitchen.
Geoff Horen is a General Contractor. He said, "It's not uncommon for people to have us in and talk to us about how they can use the space more effectively in their home. In other words, they love their lot, they love their mature trees, they like their neighbors, they like their schools and they don't want to move, but they are trying to make their house become what it is if they go into the newer homes on the market today."
But this is not a do-it-yourself type of project if you're not trained.
General Contractor Dennis Smith explained, "First of all, I just tell them we are going to make a big mess. Second, we try to contain that mess the very best we can, it depends on their situation in how well we can do that. Construction is not an easy thing and it's not an exact science. So we have to make some mess before we can get to the finished project."
If you don't have the budget now for a large-scale remodeling project, there are small, yet strategic improvements that will create more space.
You can create additional floor space by removing bulky bookcases and entertainment centers and replacing them with shelves and cabinets.
An interior designer or decorator, even a professional organizer, can help you maximize the space you have.