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My Love of Remodeling

Hello I'm Risa Lee. When my husband and I bought our first home, it was with the intention of doing some major remodeling. We liked the basic floor plan, and it was cheap, but other than that, nothing was right about the house. It took us a while to get started because neither of us had the time or the knowledge. Finally, there was a summer when he had a three-week vacation. Instead of going on a trip, we used our time and money to finally get started on our remodel. To our surprise, we both fell in love with amateur construction! We have since bought and remodeled a few other homes because we love it so much. We're in no way professionals, but please feel free to join in our love and experience in basic construction. Maybe you will learn something!

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Add More Room To Your Bedroom Even If You're On A Budget

Burdened with small bedrooms in your home? If knocking out walls or making your home larger is not in your remodeling budget, you can still find ways to make smaller changes seem like big ones.

Here are 5 ways to remodel a bedroom to make it seem larger.

Get Creative With Storage

One key to adding space - both visually and practically - is to remove much of the clutter in a small bedroom. Even after paring down your nick-knacks, decorations and furniture, you will still need to keep some things. And those things tend to accumulate over time. Solve the problem by looking for creative ways to add storage to the room.

Under and around the bed is a great place to start. Need a spare bed for guests? Try a trundle bed, which can hide the second bed when not in use. Or lift the bed a little higher to make better use of the space underneath for storage. Even headboards can get in on the action by containing hidden storage drawers behind the pillow. Alternatively, have a custom-made cubby-style headboard made that goes all the way around the bed and features both open and closed storage cubes.  

If you're still searching for storage space, look into the walls. You may be able to utilize the space between the studs to insert a recessed cabinet or individual shelving. 

Float Your Shelves

Floating shelves, which hang on walls rather than require legs and cabinets, are perfect for any small room. Open shelves allow places to display your decorations, pictures, etc. Cabinet-style floating shelves have small sliding or hinged doors to hide other things from view. Floating shelves can even be used as a bedside table, allowing you to reclaim floor space and move the bed closer to the wall. 

Take a Bold Step

Bold colors attract the eye, so you can use them one of two ways. First, you can paint the room in a single bold hue to make a dramatic impact that diverts attention from the size of the room. Complement with quirky, one-of-a-kind decorations that invite conversation. Secondly, you can accent a neutral palette by using individual bright colors selectively to draw attention to what you want guests to notice - such as a collection of photographs, a prized collection or a personalized piece of furniture. 

Let There Be Light

Natural light from a large window or skylight makes a previously-dark bedroom seem airy and larger. Embrace natural lighting by using a neutral or white color scheme as a base color. White reflects sunlight and still allows you to add pops of color where they will be best utilized.  For privacy, use an opaque shade for night-time and place a container of beautiful greenery in the window to add a shallow barrier without disturbing the view.  

Divide and Conquer

Create small divisions in a bedroom with the use of furniture and room dividers. If your master bedroom, for example, does not have room for a conversation area on its own, create one in a corner with a pair of chests to separate it from the sleeping area and an area rug to define it. Or place a long chest back-to-back with a love seat to divide the sleeping area and a lounge space into two different uses. 

While it might be nice to be able to extend any small room to the size you prefer, with some creativity and use of visual clues, you can come closer to perfect than you may expect. Contact a general contractor to get started.