Empty nesters have more than enough to think about, from college tuition to marital relationships to health. With so much happening, the state of your home can fall by the wayside. However, as an empty nester, it’s crucial to keep up and even improve the functionality and design of your house so you’re prepared to either resell or live-in-place in the future.
So let’s get started – here are the top five remodeling projects for empty nesters.
1) Transform Your Children’s Empty Rooms
While you may want to leave your children’s’ rooms untouched for a time after they leave, eventually that unused space can be better utilized in other ways. The smartest thing to do is to transform it into a guest suite with more adult decor. This way, you can accommodate your kids when they come to visit, as well as anyone else that’s staying over.
Additionally, you may want to consider knocking out a wall in between rooms to create a larger, more accommodating space. Eventually, your kids will grow up and have kids of their own, and you’ll need a room that’s fit for a family. Another plus; when it comes time to sell your home, a guest suite is an attractive option to potential buyers than other specialized types of rooms.
2) Home Improvements for Aging-in Place
For those couples that plan on growing old together in their home, there are some senior-friendly home improvement projects you can do to prepare for the next stage of your life. These includes:
- Senior-friendly bathroom: As we get older, it becomes harder to get in and out of a high-walled bathtub. Remodel your bathtub into a walk-in shower complete with handlebars and a shower seat for safety. Additionally, consider installing a bathroom on the first floor for easy access, if there isn’t one already.
- Add grab bars around stairs and other problem areas: Stairs present a real problem for senior citizens. Install grab bars or handlebars around dangerous areas where you could use some support.
- Add a ramp to the home’s doorways: Stairs themselves can become a problem as we age. Adding a ramp to the home’s doorways will make it easier to get in and out of your home.
- Improve lighting around the house: If your house is dark, dim or doesn’t receive a lot of natural light, it may present a problem to you later in life. From hallways to closets to bathrooms, proper lighting will ensure that you avoid tripping hazards and help keep your home bright and cheery!
3) Home Office
Remodeling an extra bedroom into a home office is a pretty simple project to take on and an effective way to use space. Even if you don’t run a business operation out of your home, an office can provide an excellent space in which to relax, read books, write in a journal or surf the web without distraction. Additionally, it provides you somewhere to put your computer, bookshelves, important files and filing cabinets, and other furnishings that may not go with the other decor in your home. In many cases, remodeling a bedroom into a home office is as easy as replacing the bed and nightstand with a desk, cabinets and bookshelves.
4) Game Room
For those empty nesters that love to play games, whether it’s poker, euchre, Bunko or Scrabble, an empty bedroom can quickly be transformed into a place in which to play. Remove the current furnishings and set up a playing table and chairs with some fun accents, like antique parlor lights or a rolling wet bar. Now that the kids are gone, empty nesters can finally have some fun!
5) Fitness Room
Empty nesters know how important it is to stay in good physical shape – and a home gym can go a long way to ensure you stay fit. While this remodel is a bit more time-consuming and expensive than others on this list, a gym is a good option for those who don’t have easy access or the time to go to the gym.
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