How to remodel your house to add more storage space

Storage is essential in a home, especially if you have a large number of belongings. If you have lived in your property for a long period of time, you will most likely have collected lots of bits and pieces over the years. Family members may have come and gone, while still leaving personal items with you for storage. You may also spend time on hobbies that seem to require more and more specialist equipment every week.

Storage is often a huge priority for many home owners who are choosing to remodel their property. Most remodelling occurs because a family has outgrown the home they live in, or because an older-style house has been purchased and does not function well for a modern lifestyle. There are some tips and tricks on how to ensure you home remodelling keeps you organised and provides an adequate level of storage for your belongings. We have listed some of our best ideas.

Utilise awkward spaces

Homes, especially older homes, are filled with awkward spaces that are not used for anything special. These include space under the stairs, wide hallways with nooks and crannies, and extra-large bedrooms that are only used for sleeping. These spaces can be utilised for storage when you invest in home remodelling. Talk to your designer about building custom-storage spaces that make the most of the rooms you have.

Install built-ins

A built-in is an exceptionally good way to store clothes and personal items, and most bedrooms will benefit from having one installed. They are very compact and reduce the need for furniture within the same room. While a built-in wardrobe may only leave enough space for a bed within a room, this might be all the space you need. Cupboards and draws will no longer be needed and your room will be more minimal and clutter-free.

Create a storage room

A room just for the storage of your belongings might seem like an indulgence, but they are highly practical. You might add on an extension or reduce the size of one of your existing rooms. Instead of using a spare room for dumping unused items, consider revamping that room with cupboards and shelving so all of these items are perfectly arranged and easy to access at any time.

Remodel your shed or garage

Sometimes the best place to store objects is in a shed or garage, because they relate to your car, tools or outdoor activities. Sporting and gardening equipment might be covered in dirt and these will spoil your indoor areas. The remodelling of your home can be extended to include your shed and garage, to ensure that these provide the right amount of storage for your family. A cluttered garage can actually be dangerous, so include it in your plans when you remodel your home.

Install an attic or a basement

Most Australian homes do not include an attic or a basement, but many of them have the space to allow for these additions. These do not need to be of a large size, but they could be perfect for storing your wine collection or clothing that is not suitable for the current season. Talk to a builder or your local handyman about the potential of your home for these additions. Get creative with the space you have, and maximise all of your areas until you have the right level of storage that you desire.

Go storage shopping

There are many gadgets, racks, baskets and boxes in storage shops that can help turn your home into a reorganised space. Some of these are easy to add into your home yourself, but others will need to be installed by a professional. Remember that when you spend the time and money on keeping your home streamlined and your belongings easy to access, your entire life will be easier and more stress free.

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