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Sound home improvements for large families

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 4:03:50 PM

It is a fact of many lives today - the giant family. Most people have aunts, uncles, grandparents, step-families and half-families, and some households have those relatives living under the same roof. If you have a large household, think about a few of these home improvements that could help improve a cramped home. 

Energy Savers
With many people, energy bills can run high. A good way to cut down on some expenses is add more insulation to reduce energy waste. This can help if extended family members are sleeping in an attic or an addition. Another great way to save money is to upgrade the appliances, since a lot of energy can be wasted if eight or nine people are frequently checking the fridge for snacks.

If living with a large family is getting tight, add more space. Converting a corner of the basement into a second bathroom with alleviate some pressure on the current one. If you want to save time, combine that renovation with a basement refinishing. Converting either an unused attic or basement into additional living space will make things less crowded, and increase the home's value.

Be smart
Plan home improvements around the needs of the family. Home improvement financing can be a great way to afford fixes, and keep everyone in a large family happy.