Are you outgrowing your current home? Want to add some livable space but unsure how to get started? Building a home addition is often a great investment—one that can increase the livable space you occupy, and increase your home’s value. Depending on the size and scope of the project, home additions also come packed with many other ancillary benefits—like more time spent with family and friends, or a new ‘favorite spot’ in the house. Whatever your reason—a growing family, a need for more space, a compelling need to renovate your patio—building an addition can be an exciting solution to adding more space to your home. And, with more than a few ways to make it happen, you’ll never run out of ideas.
In this post, read about some of the best ways to increase the livable space in your home, and think about your options before you embark on your next home improvement project.
Enclose Your Patio With Custom Glass Windows, Doors, and Shades
Installing custom glass windows and doors is a wonderful way to create an ‘outdoor oasis’ that’s comfortable to live in year-round. Whether you opt for a floor-to-ceiling solarium, a sunroom with custom-glass windows, or simply a patio with sliding glass doors, a patio enclosure is a great way to make use of your outdoor space.
Because patio closures are literally enclosed, they’re shielded from the outdoor elements—including both the weather and temperatures (and pesky bugs)—all year. This can enable you to use the space more often, if not, year-round—either as a private den, or a place to entertain. Paired with top-quality low e windows, glass doors, and shades—made in whatever style you choose—and you can have a one-of-a-kind retreat that impresses your neighbors as much as it delights you and your houseguests.
Build A Roof Dormer With Custom Glass Windows
No patio? No problem. Everyone has a home with a roof, and a roof dormer might be just the home extension you need. Originally designed in 16th century Britain, roof dormers—built-in structures that add space to your attic—are a fantastic way to create an extra loft. Whether you choose to make it a cozy spot for relaxing, a private nook for reading, or a perch with a view of your yard, dormers can make great additions to your home. As well as adding space, they can also add to your home’s ventilation—allowing fresh air to enter the home from above. You can work with a local glass supplier to provide a huge(!) custom-made window for your dormer extension. Just make sure to go with one that’s easy to open, and that looks as good from the outside and as it does from inside your home.
Extend Your Bathroom with a Custom Shower Enclosure
Ever dreamt of knocking down a wall and giving your bathroom an overhaul? With a custom glass shower enclosure, you might just want to! Glass shower enclosures are exactly what they sound like—panels of glass that enclose your shower—blocking off water so it doesn’t get your floor wet, while looking five times as good as your standard shower curtain. Incredibly customizable—both the frames and the glass can be custom-made—glass shower enclosures are a fabulous way to give your shower (and bathroom) a luxurious and stylish look.
By working with a local custom-glass supplier, you can pick and choose the frame type, glass style, and hardware finishes of your custom shower enclosure to match the shape and style of your bathroom. The perfect compliment to a job well done.
Utilize Your Deck With A Retractable Awning
One great way to maximize your deck—especially in the summertime—is to install a retractable awning. As the name suggests, retractable awnings are awnings that retract—as in, open and close—keeping you and your house-guests cool and shaded, while maintaining a full view of your outdoor landscape. This makes retractable awnings a reliable, convenient, and affordable option for homeowners who want to get the most out of their outdoor deck or patio, but prefer to keep it open, not enclosed. Many home products providers supply both manual and motorized retractable awnings, and will allow you to pick from an assortment of fabrics, frames, colors, and sizes. It’s the perfect option for those who want to soak up the sun and sit in the shade.
Repurpose A Patio with Retractable Shade Screens
Is there a room in your home you would utilize more if it was less bright, less hot, or, perhaps, mosquito-free? Whether it’s a garage or a patio, a living room or another space in your home—retractable shade screens might be just the solution you need to make the most of it. In contrast to retractable awnings, retractable shade screens are motorized shades that extend across an open space—enclosing an otherwise open outdoor area or room. This makes them an affordable and convenient solution for those who’d like to shield a space from sunlight, hot temperatures, and pesky bugs, but retain an unobstructed view.
Just like retractable awnings, retractable shade screens come in a variety of colors, fabrics, and styles. Many home product providers also provide add-ons for their shade screens, like blackout screens which block up to 97% of the heat, and hub connectors, which allow homeowners to control their shade screens with their smartphone.
Contact A Professional Home Product Provider to Explore Your Options
Ready to get started installing one of these fantastic additions to your home? Southwestern Home Products provides an assortment of top-quality products—including retractable awnings, shade-screens, shower enclosures, windows, shades, and more—for all El Paso homeowners who want to utilize more space in their home. Contact us today to learn more about your options, and to find out how we can customize our products to fit your needs, goals, and budget.