Most homeowners look for homes that have something to offer above and beyond what they currently have when house shopping. Either they desire more space or less space, there’s usually always an issue with “space.” Space alone however isn’t always the fix for an issue. Sometimes space is the problem. Having too much space that is unusable or with out any purpose is a drain on ones finances since it is an area in the home that is being heated and cooled and under utilized. Sometimes the space you have can be defined and still not really serve a useful purpose.
Re-defining a room in your home can be a savvy decision on many fronts. For instance, the home in the slideshow had a formal living area that was not used, a large family room that tended to be the gathering place for the family and a small formal dining room that was not comfortable. The homeowners decided to use a little strategy to come up with a more practical and usable allocation of the spaces, by defining the problem rooms. Since there was already a large well used family room, the need for a smaller formal living space was simply a waste of the square footage. The cramped dining room was under used simply because of it’s size.
The solution was to re-define the formal living room and create a large comfortable dining room that could seat a larger family comfortably. The former dining room now could be used for various things but currently as a home office. Because it is situated off the kitchen, it can also be an easy convert to a huge walk in pantry or even a first floor guest bed room with the addition of a door and closet.
The bottom line is, when we have space that is not being utilized we’re missing an opportunity. Never let a room tell you what it is, make it what you need it to be. Many newly built homes are foregoing formal living spaces for open concept. If you have an older home that has formal living spaces that are not being used, examine closely what your needs are. Bear in mind that you may not want to do changes that are irreversible, as some structural changes can affect re-sale value depending on a number of factors. The homeowners used their dining space more on average than they used the formal living space, so it made more sense to change it. All homeowners today need home office space and so the old dining room had a new better functioning purpose. If you have wasted space, maybe the issue isn’t that you have too much space but rather not enough space serving a better purpose for your needs.