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Home Designs for Life Transitions

     In this modern era, our lifestyles can change dramatically very quickly, and as we age, many of us tend to put off preparing for the inevitable until the last minute. One of the most important preparations you can make when transitioning into a new lifestyle is to create a home that is better suited to your situation. The trend in recent years has been simple: sell your old home and buy a new one. However, as people become more mindful of waste and unnecessary spending, it is becoming more common to remodel your existing home to create the space you need or desire.

Remodeling for a Growing Family

Many young couples are not quite ready to start a family as soon as they are married, but they want a new home to avoid paying rent and to start building equity. Your first home may not be suitable for the new additions to your family, but you can renovate it with a living design that will make it safe and comfortable. When preparing your home to accommodate a growing family, you may need to build a child's bedroom, a playroom and, possibly, a new bathroom. Any room that a baby or child will occupy should be prepared so that there are no sharp points or corners, and wood should be solid to avoid splinters. In addition, if any particleboard or pressboard has exposed edges, they will need to be sealed with nontoxic sealant. The playroom can be built in much the same way as the bedroom. This allows you to convert the room into another bedroom should you decide that your current children should have new siblings. As to the bathroom, you will want to be sure that no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are used in the paint and that the electrical outlets are all fitted with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) for safety.

Building a Forever Home

If you are reaching retirement age and not yet living in the location you most desire, you have several decisions to consider. This is a transitional period in the lives of most people, but it is one that gives you a chance to create the home you have always wanted in the community of your dreams. It is also a chance to prepare your home for an exciting stage in your life. While it may take some time to grow accustomed to not having to work all day, you will soon discover the benefits of your newly found freedom. You will be able to enjoy a level of sophistication that you were not previously able to experience to its fullest. You may want to invite friends over for cocktails, dinner parties or simple conversation. You may want to develop a hobby or a part-time home business. However, getting the most out of any of these activities requires you to have a home that can accommodate them. If you are handy with tools, you may want to consider building a workspace where you can develop new projects, create beautiful objects or conduct repairs on household appliances. If you prefer to write, draw or practice some of the more delicate arts, you may want a home office with an inspiring view of the outdoors. In any case, you will want a room that is all yours where you can exercise your creativity or desire to be productive. To accommodate guests, you may need a new gathering space, which can take the form of an expanded living room, a den or an extravagant dining area. This may require a lot of work or only a little, but it will help you create a space that can be enjoyed by friends, family and, most importantly, you and your spouse for years to come.

In Conclusion

Buying a new home to accommodate your changing lifestyle can be a hassle and cost a pretty penny. In addition, if you do buy a new house, it may take some time and work before you can truly call it your home. To make the transition of entering new phases of life go more smoothly, it only makes sense to remodel your home so that it provides all of the amenities you require.

Copyright (c) 2014 Shawn Bakker

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Bakker Construction is an award winning, full service Design/Build company specializing in all phases of residential remodeling and construction. Visit for more information.

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