When an architect designs a home and a builder creates the brick and mortar structure, each space has an intended purpose.
What happens when that intended purpose no longer fits your life? If you are like many modern homeowners, the answer is to change the function of the spaces.
Analyze the important parts of your life and adjust accordingly. For example:
- Empty nesters may no longer need the kitchen to be command central. It may revert back to a food preparation and consumption area and the computer, desk and files that once stood in the corner are moved to an empty bedroom converted to a home office or den.
- A home office that is rarely used because most of the work is done at the kitchen counter is converted into a much needed bedroom, giving young children more space or teenagers more privacy.
- An unused formal living or dining room becomes a fully functional and stylish home office.
- A formal living room transforms into a large, welcoming dining room for a foodie family that hosts elaborate and delicious dinner parties on a regular basis.
- An empty bedroom can be converted, temporarily, with hanging racks and dressers, into an expansion of the master bedroom closet.
- Perhaps you need a craft room, a yoga studio, or a meditation space – find a room that is not being used to its fullest and make it happen!
Customizing the use of our spaces, even in unconventional ways, is one way to make our lives more manageable, more efficient, and ultimately, more relaxed.