Most people decide to move because they want more space. The problem with many new build properties is that while you might be getting more rooms, you’re not neccesarily getting more space. Developers are squeezing as many bedrooms into a property as they can at the expense of storage. The space under the stairs, traditionally used as a storage cupboard, can become a WC or even a home office. This is because storage doesn’t sell houses, but it should!
Over-extending/ developing a property may add value but the cost will be how you live in it. Turning a 3-bedroom house into a 4-bed at the cost of storage space will, in time, drive you crazy. People often forget about storage, it isn’t as exciting as a flashy kitchen, but it’s imperative to a good home.
Most people need two types of storage: for essential household items and for clutter.
I despair when there isn’t a cupboard tall enough to house an ironing board or big enough to hide bulky items, like the vacuum cleaner. These essential items need a home. There’s no point turning your under-stairs storage cupboard into a home office if you don’t have anywhere else to store these items.
Of course, when it comes to clutter you could simply de-clutter, but we all have mementos that we want to hang on to. The loft used to be the obvious place to hide the things you can’t bear to throw away, but with the rise of loft conversions for many this is no longer an option. For this reason when you’re developing your property storage shouldn’t be an afterthought. It should be seamlessly integrated, you shouldn’t even know it’s there – that’s the sign of good storage.
It’s not enough to just dedicate an area or a cupboard to ‘storage’. The key to making the most of your space is well thought through storage with fixtures, fittings and shelves that make the most of the space and house items such as mops, irons and vacuum cleaners efficiently.
In my opinion you can never have too much storage. I find that when buying a house women think about storage more than men do, so if you’re selling your home remember to point out storage to potential buyers. Think about the re-sale of your home, if your potential buyers are young families they will probably have similar storage requirements to you. People like to visualise how they will live in a property and storage is part of that.
Source: Home Design Martha Stewart
There is often a lot of dead space in houses, areas such as above doors and in awkward alcoves where off-the-shelf products don’t tend to fit. Custom built storage solutions can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. The trend for IKEA-hacking has made popular the customisation of off-the-shelf products that can provide you with the clever solution you need at a fraction of the price. To avoid it looking like you’ve hacked away at a piece of IKEA furniture, I would recommend hiring a carpenter to customise the product to fit the space perfectly.
So think twice before you replace that cupboard with a WC or if you’re considering a loft conversion think carefully about replacing and integrating storage!