July 6


8 Remodeling Ideas for Empty Nesters

By finnteriors

July 6, 2020

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After spending eighteen plus years raising your children into adults, becoming an empty nester finally provides you with the chance to remodel your home to fit your new lifestyle. No longer do you need to cater your home’s design to your children’s preferences and needs. Instead, you can customize your home into something unique that focuses on your dreams, hobbies, and passions.

Ways to Transform Your Unused Space

You finally have the opportunity to clean out and repurpose rooms and spaces that were previously used by the kids. As an empty nester, you can create an environment that caters to your desires. It’s a great time to give your home an update, tailoring the empty spaces to your preferences as well as increasing your home’s value. Here are a few empty-nester remodeling ideas you should consider for your home.

1. Expansions

Now that the kids are gone, you can use the empty bedrooms to create an expansive master suite. You could add a sitting room, a new en-suite bath, and/or a large walk-in closet.

This is also the perfect opportunity to update the backyard with a new deck or patio for entertaining. All of these additions can also increase the value of your home which benefits you long-term.

2. Media Room

Who doesn’t love a good movie night? Media spaces can include soundproofing, comfy seating, a surround sound system, and a large screen. You can even remodel this space to include a bar or snack area. This also adds space for entertaining both large and small parties.

3. Home Gym

Create a space at home to help you get back in shape.  Whether you prefer running on the treadmill, yoga, or lifting weights, you can customize a bedroom, den, basement, or other space into your exercise area.   Ideas for a home gym can incorporate a yoga studio or equipment for low-impact workouts. You’ll be able to maintain a daily workout routine to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle without leaving the house.

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4. A Dedicated Space for Hobbies

Now that you have more time to devote to doing other things you enjoy, a hobby room is a perfect space to be creative.   Hobby spaces can be transformed into art studios, libraries, sewing, or even a meditation room. This area in your home can house all the tools or items needed to do your favorite activities.  Your hobby room is the place to get away from the stresses of daily life and indulge in your passions.

5. A Guest Suite

One of the most common home renovations after the kids leave is turning an empty area into a guest room. It’s nice to give guests a suite of their own to relax. You can create a larger bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and sitting area.

6. Home Office

Remodel an empty room into a functional office. It’s nice to have a space to go where you can focus on important projects or to run a business.  If you are self-employed, a truly dedicated workspace can even become a tax deduction. Built-in shelves and cabinets can assist with storage without taking up a lot of space.

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7. Open Concept Living Space

An updated kitchen is one of the most requested spaces to be remodeled. You now have the freedom to make selections that suit your preferred aesthetics. If you want to entertain more, consider an open concept living space. This includes the kitchen, dining, and living room areas.

Install a large kitchen island with a bar for additional seating.  Open spaces provide the perfect sightlines for entertaining large groups at home. Constructing an open concept space is more than just knocking down walls. It creates a cohesive design and complementary decor for the surrounding areas.

8.  In-Law or Aging Parents Suite

It’s not uncommon for the kids to move out and have your parents move in soon after. Rather than opt for assisted living, many homeowners desire to give their parents the option to move in with them. The newly empty spaces can be remodeled into the perfect in-law suite for your parents. You may need to make some adjustments to accommodate their needs, however.

Turn Your Dreams into Reality

Finnteriors can help you remodel your home for your empty nester needs.  If you are ready to update your home to fit your new lifestyle and budget, we’d love to discuss ideas and design your empty spaces that will maximize functionality. Call us today for a free consultation with our team to get design ideas best suited for your home. 


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