It may seem hard to believe. After all these years, the kids are finally on their own, the college tuition bills are paid and the house is quiet at last. For many “empty nesters,” this may be the first chance to think about yourself since you started your family. Now, with an extra bedroom available and a little extra money, you can make your house into the home you’ve always wanted. Here are some home remodeling ideas for empty nesters, to make use of new-found space and increase your home’s resale value.
The kids moving out can be a perfect opportunity to update or upgrade your common rooms. If you’ve raised a family in your home, areas like the kitchen and living room have seen a lot of traffic and probably need a complete makeover, from carpets and paint to light fixtures, cabinetry and even furniture. Consider opening up your floor plan by removing walls to reinvent your home’s interior. Replacement windows and new exterior doors give rooms a modern, updated look and improve energy efficiency.
Refreshing the rooms you use everyday can bring you new enjoyment from your home, especially if your change in lifestyle affords you more time for cooking, entertaining or even just relaxing around the house. Remodeling family rooms will certainly help increase your home’s value if you’re planning to downsize in the future.
Some parents are reluctant to remodel the kids’ bedrooms after they move out (where will they stay when they come to visit?), but an empty room can be the launch pad for a complete rethinking of your home’s space. And finding new purpose for the kids’ room doesn’t have to preclude using it for occasional house guests. Here are some remodeling ideas for unused bedrooms.
The term “empty nest” may have a bittersweet ring to it, but when you think of it as a blank canvas for your future lifestyle, the phrase takes on new meaning. Suddenly your empty nest is full of all the potential and all the enjoyment you can bring with a thoughtful approach to home remodeling.
If you need remodeling ideas or help in bringing your vision to life, turn to Bennett Contracting, experts in home improvements for 100 years, and the area’s most trusted home remodeler. Read more about remodeling here, or contact us today.