One of the hottest trends in renovation is the open floor plan concept. This is a perfect way to modernize an older home. Larger living areas with fewer entrances can also create more space and greater functionality for busy families. However, if knocking down walls is more than you’re interested in doing, you may wish to consider repurposing specific spaces or rooms. The following are some ideas that can enhance your living experience for your space and will improve the functionality of your Toronto home.
The Home Office – having a well designed and organized work space can be a great asset for anyone who works from home and also provides a space for children to do their homework. Transform a room or alcove in your Toronto home to incorporate computers, laptops, reference material, electronics and provide sufficient storage for the necessary materials needed to get the job done. Consider task lighting wiring requirements and adequate ventilation.
The Mudroom is a room or area focusing on storage for all the under-used, seasonal and / or outdoor accessories you require on a daily basis. Entryways can be outfitted with closets, shelves and cubbies to store hats, coats, umbrellas, boots, shoes, etc. Benches help with putting on or pulling off boots and you can instantly hang backpacks, purses and jackets on hooks. Any entryway in your Toronto home can be repurposed into a mudroom; it’s a great way to make a potential waste of space more valuable. Many mudrooms are positioned by the doors adjoining the garage or alternately from the back / basement or side entranceway. Mudrooms often incorporate a laundry room or washroom or even a dog wash.
Outdoor Living Space
If you have a deck or patio, you can revamp, repair and redecorate it for maximum appeal. This can greatly increase the desirability (and the square footage) of your Toronto home in the warmer months of the year. Highly functional and cozy outdoor living spaces are a huge draw for potential buyers; they can imagine themselves eating, entertaining, relaxing and enjoying a beautiful day with ease. If you don’t have a deck or patio, it might be a good idea to build one or install larger windows to bring the outdoors in.