With a creative eye – and the experience of a qualified, professional remodeler – you might be able to reap the benefits of a home addition project…without actually creating a home addition.

When Charlotte families are considering home remodeling projects, one of the primary motivators generally is that they simply need more space. But how can you get that space if your budget – or the setbacks and HOA restrictions of your lot – don’t easily allow you to opt for a home addition? In circumstances like these, we often go into a renovation project looking to create space.

Creating space is where working with a seasoned remodeling company really pays off. We can walk through a home and quickly identify areas where you are likely to be losing space. Potential areas include drop-down soffits that might be artificially reducing your ceiling height or short upper kitchen cabinets that you can simply replace to gain more usable storage space.

But beyond that, anyplace where you have a potential cavity in your home is an opportunity to find and reclaim functional space – that’s particularly important in small kitchens. If, for example, you have a staircase close to your kitchen, you can potentially turn the cavity under the stairs into extra pantry space.

One Cotswold homeowner had a typical 1965 house complete with an exterior utility room that housed a washer, dryer and water heater. We suggested moving the washer and dryer inside the home. Then we could remove the interior wall between the kitchen and what had been that utility room and reposition the water heater to create a 5’ x 7’ walk-in pantry. We could even install a half door to preserve some storage underneath the floor system. Oftentimes creating space works best in cases like this – where you are simultaneously reconfiguring adjoining areas. (A common case is moving a water heater into the attic while renovating a kitchen to create additional pantry space.)

Other times, you can find space in the same area (or by only minimally impacting others). In kitchen renovations, we often remove a wall to create a more open space and then add a kitchen island, which immediately adds cabinet storage. When families need a deeper refrigerator but space is tight, we often bump out a small section of the kitchen wall into an adjoining garage and inset the refrigerator there. The small change barely impacts the garage but makes a huge difference in how the kitchen feels by aligning the refrigerator flush with adjacent cabinets.

Upstairs, we can often claim unused attic, unfinished storage, or dormer space or even reconfigure sections of walls that once housed antiquated HVAC equipment.

With a creative eye – and the experience of a qualified, professional remodeler – you might be able to reap the benefits of a home addition project without actually creating a home addition.