Our mission at HTF is to create a well-designed home without wasted spaces. Wasted space is a major dilemma that hits us all at one point or another. Everyone finds themselves wondering what to do with the extra rooms they’ve got sitting empty in their timber frame home. Fortunately, we happen to be full of ideas regarding the use of space that’s dormant. Read on to discover how to make all that extra space in your timber frame home work for you. You will be glad you did!
To kick things off, let’s talk a little bit about “wasted space” and how it comes to be. A common misconception is that wasted space pertains only to rooms in your timber frame home that aren’t being utilized to their utmost potential. While a long-vacant room is the best example of wasted space, it isn’t the only one. Consider that empty area beneath your stairs. Taking that space and converting into a home office would make sense. Hallways are another example of wasted space. If you look around your home, you may see some areas of wasted space with a lot of potential. You just have to set it free.
We’ll start with the garage. If you’re just using a garage to park your vehicles, you’re missing out on a world of possibilities. Unused parking bays in your garages can make for excellent studio and workshop areas. For some those parking bays become perfect little “man caves” or simple reading spaces. Those into fitness will find lots of room to place exercise equipment for a small home gym (yoga fanatics especially).
Next stop is the living room. The living room may have an empty corner or two that you could being repurpose in some way. Families with little ones will see space that converts easily into a play space . A few toys and games and you’ll have a quaint playroom that allows you to keep your eyes on wandering tots at all times. Those without children can easily discover that those barren living room areas make great office nooks or reading areas. These spaces can also become easily-accessible workout spaces. You can just add an exercise bike, a treadmill, an elliptical, or all three if you have room.
Now we’ll tackle those extra rooms you wanted in order to have freedom to create unique spaces. It takes a little while sometimes to decide how to utilize extra rooms in ways that will be functional within your home. You also want to cast an accurate reflection of you and the things you like to do. Once you finally unlock their potential, your timber frame home will be all the better for it.
Perhaps you have an extra bedroom that is only used when company comes in for an extended stay. Extra bedrooms can easily be transformed into home offices or reading spaces. A favorite of our clients is a home office that can convert to a bedroom with a Murphy Bed. Other uses might include playrooms or craft rooms. Your options are endless and we encourage you to be creative.
When your home design requires a hallway, utilize the space by making it wider or by adding windows at the end and bookcases on one side. This can create a lovely home library, art galley or an area for collectibles.
These things are just a sampling of what can be done to transform extra space in your timber frame home. Our design team is happy to answer questions you may have about repurposing wasted space in an existing or new timber frame home. . Give us a call or pay us a visit today. We’ll be looking for you!