We just completed a major home remodel. This included moving the kitchen to the south side of the house, converting the existing kitchen to a girl’s bedroom, building two additions for an indoor pool and home gym, and remodeling the main bathroom.
Today I’m posting about using space outside your house increase your usable area. As you will see in the pictures this is not so much about entertainment space as it is about work space. On this project we took an inside corner and made it into a small work area protected from the elements. Using the two existing walls of the house we were able to create a sheltered work area outside with very minimal impact on the rest of the yard area. We built the roof to mimic the other roof slope on the house and then put in a concrete walk from the back door to the work area for year round, mud free access. Since there was already an exterior light on one of the walls it made it easy to change the fixture and gain extra light. We also poured concrete for the floor of the work shed area.
Design is important for any size project. Time spent planning and reviewing a project can be invaluable in the end result. With the Internet, capturing ideas and gathering information has never been easier. Whenever starting a project whether a small shed, kitchen remodel, or deck researching product, gathering ideas, looking at color combinations, and reading other peoples experiences will contribute to a smoother, better project. Using google sketch up for simple 3d design is a simple yet effective way to see your project before starting and avoid many potential pitfalls.