After decades of managing, disciplining, cleaning, and scheduling, the kids have flown the coop, and you finally have the house to yourself. The shift from a full house to an empty one can be bittersweet for a lot of people, but it’s also full of opportunities.
Change always comes with its challenges—part of you probably misses the constant hustle and bustle of managing a house full of people, but hopefully another part of you looks forward to finally reclaiming your Dallas home as your own. Now you get to cater to yourself and your needs, rather than everyone else’s around you! To celebrate, let’s look at some of the inspiring ways you can take advantage of your newly vacant bedroom and create the room of your dreams.
There’s no better way to celebrate your new space than to luxuriate in a newly remodeled master suite. If the layout of your Dallas home permits, knocking out a wall and expanding your bedroom comes with a whole range of possibilities. You can install that customized closet you’ve always wanted; add a lounge area for you and your spouse to relax; or expand the master bathroom to include a jacuzzi or steam room. The opportunities are endless! Now’s the time to make it everything you’ve always wanted.
Maybe you and your spouse have hobbies that could use a little more space to flourish. A recreation room can become anything you want to make it. If you’re an avid knitter, create a cozy knitting nook to house your supplies and use as a retreat after a tough day. If you’re a movie buff, a home theater is a great way to spend the evenings of your next chapter. Or maybe you and your friends enjoy boardgames and card games, in which case a gaming room for entertaining would be just perfect.
Whether you’re a longtime gym-goer or new to exercise, having an exercise room in the convenience of your home makes any workout regimen a whole lot easier. It can be a weight room, a yoga studio, a cardio den, or all three! Consider installing additional lighting, extra ventilation, and storage cabinets for equipment to make it equal parts functional and inspiring.
Even if you’re retired, a study is a great place to unwind and relax after a long day. Furnish it with bookshelves, comfortable couches, and a beautiful desk to make it a cozy place to read, write, and take care of business. Custom cabinetry can add increased functionality and provide a safe place to store the items you don’t know what to do with. And installing ambient lighting and a sound system to play soothing music will put you in the mood to kick back and relax no matter how stressful the day has been.
One of the easiest transitions you can make is to remodel the bedroom into a guest room. This will allow you to keep the furniture staples—like beds and end tables—where they are while providing the opportunity to create a new design aesthetic exactly to your liking. This way, your children will have a place to stay when they come home for visits, and so will anyone else. Guest rooms are also great for those evenings when you or your spouse could use a break and a little extra breathing room.