For decades, your home has been a place for your family to live, grow, and thrive. Sure, your finished basement took a beating from your Son and his friends playing indoor football, and the bedrooms still carry scars from your Daughter’s Crayon phase at age six, but both you and your house took it all in stride.
Now, the kids are moved out, and you and your partner have come to a realization; We can turn this house into our dream home. No more worrying about what will eventually be shattered, and no more stressing over parental homeowner responsibilities. Here are a few of our favorite ideas on how to turn your empty nest into that home you’ve always dreamed of.
As much as you love your children, there’s no denying the fact that some of your interests and hobbies often had to take a backseat due to the responsibilities of parenting. With a hobby cave, you can dedicate an entire room of your home to whatever it is you love to do. Are you a painter who wants to get back to the art room? Then build one in your very own home. Are you a musician who dreams of dusting off the guitar and connecting with the musical side of life? Then build a simple yet elegant home studio.
Hobby Caves can be whatever you envision them to be. Let your imagination run wild, and decide who you want to be in the next phase of your life.
# 2. A Beautiful Guest Bedroom
Your children have moved out, but soon they’ll have families of their own, and everyone will want to come stay at their grandparents’ house. Utilize one of those childhood bedrooms and make your home a destination for friends and family alike. There is nothing more welcoming than a beautiful, professionally renovated guest room.
In addition to having a lovely place for your friends and family to stay, Air BnB, or renting out spare rooms to vacationers, can be a nice way to earn an income well into retirement.
Nothing passes the time quite like a good movie. Home theatres can be surprisingly affordable, and add an entirely new dimension to your home. While typically located in basements, home theatres have become much more flexible as technology advances.
With a little renovating, you and your partner can catch up on all those movies you missed over the last twenty years.
The only downside to this renovation is you might have a hard time kicking people out.
An empty nest is an opportunity to completely reinvent your way of life. Don’t miss the chance to catch up on your interests, hobbies, and dreams. All you need to do is come up with the idea, and get to work.