Your kids won’t stay with you forever, and for most couples, that’s a good thing! Time will come when one by one, they’ll move out of the house to embark on their own life journeys—either to attend college, begin a new career, get married, or a combination of these and other adventures. When this actually happens, parents are often left in an “empty nest” that may seem too large or poorly laid out for their needs. Look on the plus side: you have the luxury of more space to call your own, and some well-planned home remodeling can make it happen.
Sure, be sentimental for a little while about the kids’ abandoned rooms, but hey, you’ll get over it. Once you’ve boxed up those last few teddy bears, sports day ribbons and rock band posters, you’ll be ready to discover a whole new freedom.
Home Remodeling Ideas for the Empty Nest
Create your Own Master Suite
Ever since you got married, you’ve been making do with that small room you call the “master” bedroom. Well, now may be the best time to create a real master suite! Consider those empty rooms your kids once occupied; with tearing down a few walls and some savvy professional home remodeling, you could finally have the spacious bedroom, spa-like bathroom and walk-in closet of your dreams.
Reclaim the Family Room
Before your kids flew the coop, they (and their friends) practically owned the family room, right? Well, now it’s time to reclaim it. With the help of experienced home remodeling experts, you can turn this recreation space into less of a wreck and more of a classy entertainment area. A place to cuddle up and watch movies on a huge screen and entertain guests for casual get-togethers. Some fun and comfy furniture and adjustable lighting will make all the difference. P.S. This is where the fabulously equipped bar goes.
Remodel Your Kitchen
This is the room in the house that holds so many memories of family meals, cooking together and holidays. Well, there’s no reason not to hang out in the kitchen with your spouse. Home remodeling will bring that much-used space totally up-to-date with gorgeous custom concrete countertops and cabinets, plus all the amenities you can imagine.
Build a Beautiful Office or Studio
Haven’t you always wanted a quiet, dedicated space to work on projects or maybe just read a book? Have a custom built computer desk and matching shelving created, and write that novel. Or set up the art room you’ve fantasized about, complete with stainless steel sinks and counters for the messier but fun creative projects. Add a skylight for great natural light and take those painting classes at long last.
Greg Nelson is the owner of Nelson Construction & Renovations Inc. He is a Florida State Certified Building Contractor, creating artistry in all areas of design and construction projects. He is a musician, and artist. A husband and father, Greg appreciates all the wonderful elements of family life.
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