Making Your Home Functional: 3 Rules You Need To Follow

Have you ever considered the true value of a functional home? It’s not just about arranging spaces and layouts to suit your lifestyle; it’s about enhancing your daily life and making it more enjoyable. Imagine a home that effortlessly adapts to all ages, life stages, and lifestyles, allowing you to fully utilize your living space. This is the transformative power of a functional home.

There are numerous ways to enhance the functionality of your home, but the real power lies in personalization. It’s about taking control and tailoring your living space to your unique lifestyle and needs. If you’re unsure where to begin, these tips can guide you in making your home truly functional, just the way you want it.

Identify Your Needs

Embark on a journey of discovery to identify your needs. A functional home needs to work for you to enhance your living space, so you need an outlook on what you need from your home to do just this. If you have children or are planning to have a large family then you need to look at how to make your home work for you. It could be that you need to convert unused spaces into playrooms for the children, or you need to add in more storage or undertake a loft or basement conversion to add in more space for the family.

If you have multiple dogs, then adding in pet-specific or friendly spaces where you can store their food, toys, leads, and even have a dog-specific bathing area should be high on your needs list. The satisfaction of meeting these needs in your home is immeasurable.

Find Unused Spaces

The key to making your home more functional is to identify where you make the changes and what unused spaces you can adapt to get from where you are now to where you want to be. However, this can become a balancing act, especially in smaller homes that need to accommodate multi-functional spaces. You want to think of clean lines that flow through the house so you don’t infringe on how you move around the home while still making the most of unused spaces.

It could be that you turn your upstairs cupboard into more effective storage, use unused walls to add recessed shelving or a hidden closet for more storage, or that you turn a window into a seating area. 

Add Value

This can be valuable to your home’s property, your life, or both. But the changes you make need to be of value and use and make sense to the home. Let’s take your yard; if you’re looking at adding in landscaping or external features, they need to be of value.

You might want to add in some trees to offer shade to a wide open space, or you might want to add decking to level out uneven ground and make the space more usable or flow from your home. It can be done by consulting with a landscaping firm that focuses on creating outdoor spaces that are functional yet aesthetically pleasing. The value and benefits you can gain from these changes are significant and should give you confidence in your decisions.

Creating a functional home means ensuring that your home does everything it can to accommodate you, your family, and your lifestyle. This means addressing what you need, the capabilities of the home, and what you can do to enhance your home life.

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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