As open floor plans have become the next big thing, here are some tips on how to change the floor plan of your home.
This is the kind of project that requires a bit more than just a little creativity. If you are going to do this yourself, you would have to take a trip into the wilderness and chant away as you channel your inner architect.
By the time you decide you want to change the floor plan of your home, you have probably already envisioned the kind of dwelling you want. Maybe you have an open plan floor now but would like to have more defined and functional spaces. Basically, you want something that speaks to who you are right now; something that accentuates your style.
It takes proper planning
The thing about changing your floor plan is that it is not as simple as moving this couch to the other corner. Some of these changes will need permits and many will definitely need the input of a professional architect and a builder. This means that these are not weekend DIY projects. It will take time and some forethought.
Here is how you should get started:
Knock down those walls and create an open plan concept
If you follow trends, you will have noticed that minimalism is huge right now. This concept is highly attached to open floor plan houses that allow for more space and lighting. To transform your home into an open floor plan, you need to merge a few adjacent rooms into one big living space.
This means knocking down walls. Be careful, though, the walls cannot be load bearing. Consult with an architect to see which walls can be safely knocked down without bringing the whole structure to the ground.
Build a deck/porch
Sometimes it is all about the little additions you make to your home. By designing and adding a deck or porch to your house you will be giving yourself more space to operate in. Your deck is a place where you can hold al fresco dinner parties or just have family time with the kids while marvelling at the stars. It also improves your curb appeal, which in turn increases the value of your home.
Add a basement or attic
These are often overlooked spaces that can really add value to the home. You can easily transform your basement or attic into extra bedrooms, offices and a man cave. The attic, especially, since it runs the length of the house, can be an entire floor on its own. You can turn it into several rooms. The same applies to the basement. The thing about remodelling basements is that you may need to get permits for that kind of work. Be sure to confirm with the local authorities or housing societies to see what is needed.
Add an extra floor
Now, this would require major restructuring. Adding an extra floor to your home is a huge undertaking that will call for the help of an architect and a builder. If you are going to add an extra floor, here are some of the key things you would have to worry about:
Whether the already installed beams will take the extra load.
Whether the foundation has the allowance needed for that extra weight.
Whether the other interior walls will carry some of that extra weight.
Whether or not you will need a new roof.
These are all questions that can be answered by a qualified architect, a structural engineer and a professional builder.
With just a little creativity and some cash in your pocket, you can change your existing floor plans into something more valuable and marketable in the housing and property market.