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Angie’s List: Making Home Improvements

(WGGB) — Instead of buying a new home, many families who are looking for more room choose to remodel to make more space.

One of the most common reasons to remodel a home is to create more space, especially in older homes that have smaller rooms and less square footage.

The latest trend is about making your space more open instead of adding on – knocking down walls and opening up space.

“A lot of times we’ll come in and we’ll open up a wall in between two rooms. Usually a family room and a kitchen, and then we’ll completely redo the kitchen and often make an island where that wall used to be so that it’s all inclusive,” says general contractor Patti Smith.

The idea of opening up space in your house might seem like a simple project, but knocking down a wall is actually pretty tricky.

Angie Hicks from Angie’s List adds, “When it comes to taking walls out of your home, you want to be sure you know exactly what you are doing. Consulting with a professional, like a structural engineer, to make sure you’re not taking out a load bearing wall, which could lead to disaster.”

Contractors agree that the primary thing you need to do is make sure you have a good understanding of how you want to use your space more efficiently.

“You don’t have to have all the answers. You just have to understand what your needs are and be able to effectively communicate them to a company like ours,” says contractor Geoff Horen.

If you don’t have the budget now for a large-scale remodeling project, there are small, yet strategic improvements that will create more space.

You can create additional floor space by removing bulky bookcases and entertainment centers and replacing them with shelves and cabinets.

An interior designer or decorator, even a professional organizer, can help you maximize the space you have.

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