Construction

Creating More Space

The overall size of a structure may seem to be more than enough, but walking inside can make a potential buyer feel claustrophobic. Older homes tend to have plenty of rooms, but the walls can take away area from the inside. Rather than building an addition, creating more space can be as simple as choosing to eliminate a few walls and adding extra windows. It has become a good solution for those eager to expand their space without expanding their budget.

Walls may seem useful, and they often are when it comes to separation within a structure. The biggest problem with them in a house is that they take up space. Paper thin walls are a joke in many buildings that were created on a tight budget, but they steal area in any structure. Getting rid of them is often a good way to add space without pushing the outer walls into the garden or front yard.

There are engineering concerns when taking down walls, and they have to do with supporting the ceiling and roof of the structure. A beam can be costly if steel is required, but using posts or wood might keep costs down to a reasonable amount. Adding in the space previously taken up by the walls could add up to adding almost half of another room, so the cost is relative. Some rooms will be on outside walls, so the homeowner also gains in additional light. They may need to add another window or two to make the space look as large as it is, but the cost of that can also be kept down by comparison shopping.

Adding space to the interior of a home does not always have to result in the expense of building an addition. Removing walls that unnecessarily take up space is a good way to get the job done, and it is often the least expensive option. Windows can add light, but they can also add the feeling of space, so they are a good choice when looking for a roomier result.