Boost Functionality With These Two Remodeling Projects

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
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If the kids are always fighting over the bathroom or you just can find enough kitchen cabinet space, don’t worry. Help is on the way. Here are two remodeling projects that can help boost functionality–and end the fighting and frustration.

Adding a Basement Bathroom

The basement is a perfect place to add some functionality, as it’s already part of the house, so you don’t have to pay for a room addition. It’s also relatively easy to do, depending on the space. When adding a basement bathroom, make sure there are no water seepage issues. Then consider:

  • The best location that offers privacy, but accessibility to the main floor.
  • Whether you want a shower or bathtub. While some people try to save money by adding only a powder room, it’s often wise to go ahead and add a small shower while you’re doing all that plumbing. It’s much more difficult to expand the bathroom later.
  • How to bring in natural light. Most basement bathrooms won’t have a window, so consider good overhead lighting instead. If you can place the bathroom near a window, that’s a bonus!

Expand Space With a Kitchen Pantry

If your kitchen cabinets are bursting at the seams, look for a small space for a separate kitchen pantry. You can store canned goods, large boxes of pasta, cereal and other items that are difficult to fit in traditional cabinetry. Also plan to store items you use infrequently, such as holiday cooking products.

Here’s one solution from HGTV. And, make sure you maximize space with vertical dividers, shelving and wire baskets, says The Charlotte Observer. Consider these locations:

  • A mudroom
  • A hallway
  • A den or family room that is adjacent to the kitchen

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  1. One Response to “Boost Functionality With These Two Remodeling Projects”

  2. jamie
    Dec 30, 2010

    Keep in mind that some basement bathrooms require a pump to move the waste UP to the sewer pipe. We figured this out,after we were half way through our basement remodel.

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