• 4 Ways to Get More Usable Space in your Home

  • There’s nothing as comforting as home….especially when loved ones come to visit. But as you’re spending more time at home, you’re probably thinking about your space even more. Whether you’re feeling cramped or the space just doesn’t work for your needs, there are options. Outdoor remodels such as patios and cooking stations are perfect for creating extra outdoor living space but that might not be ideal for the long days of winter. If you’re looking for something that can be utilized all year round, we have some ideas for you.

    She Sheds, Granny Pods and other Outbuildings

    We’re talking about free-standing structures that fit within the layout of your outdoor landscaping and design. Sizes can vary greatly from vast pole barns and garages, to shed-sized mini homes. They can be used to host kids returning from college, keep aging parents close (but not too close,) create a space for relaxation and alone time, serve as a creative studio or become your new home office. Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration. The options are limitless.


    Is your basement space wasting away unused? Could it use a facelift to make it more inviting? Man Caves come to mind first, but there is so much more a basement has to offer. It could be the perfect family space with a theater room, pool table or dedicated gaming station. It could serve as a playroom for kids, workout room, home office, or even a combination of things that fit your needs precisely. A basement can even be transformed into a guest suite perfect for older kids who’ve returned home, or an aging parent who needs a little extra looking after. Need more ideas? We got you covered.


    Sunrooms and Enclosed Porches

    Bring the outside in by enclosing your porch or creating an all-season sunroom. These spaces can be as simple as revamping your existing porch or designing an entirely new space to fit your exact tastes and needs. It can be used as an additional sitting room with a breakfast nook, library or home office. It can serve as a retreat space, complete with sauna and hot tub. Or it can transform into an elegant dining room for entertaining. No matter what purpose you assign to this space, the best part is being able to enjoy the backdrop of nature and your beautiful landscape. Of course, we have a Pinterest board for that too! 

    Attics, Lofts and Bonus Rooms

    The attic can be one of the most underutilized spaces of a home. Remodeling can boost your home’s value AND create more usable space. You can transform that stack of boxes into a custom storage area with shelving, drawers and other features that make it more like a walk-in closet where you can more easily access stored items. With additional organization, an attic or loft space can also become more usable as a reading nook, an additional bedroom, playroom, home office or workspace.


    At Surroundings by Natureworks, we believe every home has the ability to accurately reflect how you live and entertain. We’re passionate about helping our clients identify ways to reinvigorate their space, with functionality in mind, so it inspires and makes you want to stay home and be moved. Contact us today to see how we can help you create more useable space in your home.