By Mike Seiler at March 25 2019 16:02:21
Once you have identified this all_encompassing 'wish list' you will almost certainly find yourself over budget. If money is no object _ no problem, but if that Lotto jackpot has so far eluded you there are things you can do to bring that budget back in line. The most obvious and often least expensive way of doubling your floor space is to make use of the basement. A properly designed and finished basement is the perfect place to have a spare guest bedroom, home theater, hobby or play rooms, additional bathroom(s), laundry facilities or a home office.
One of the best tips about using a basement for additional living space is to raise the ceiling. Adding an extra foot (or more) in the height of your basement ceiling is much less expensive than adding an additional floor or expanding the overall floor plan, and the added height will eliminate that closed_in feeling you get with so many basements.
House floor plans essentially fall into two categories _ custom_drawn and pre_drawn floor plans. It can take a lot of time, money and effort if one chooses the former. Moreover, a pre_drawn floor plan, apart from saving money and time, also lends itself to modifications as per one's needs.
Begin with measuring. Do a very rough drawing, on a piece of scrap paper for measuring purposes only, of your room showing walls and openings for doors, windows and fireplaces. Note where columns and built_in cabinetry are in the room as well. Take out the measuring tape and begin measuring a room writing down each measurement in the applicable space on your rough drawing. For a basic start, measure the length and width of your room.