There’s no denying the cozy quaintness of a smaller home, but reality is that many families need wide-open spaces indoors and out. Whether you’ve previously downsized and have regrets or you’ve been trying to make do in a small starter home, the time has come to rethink your space—more square footage might better serve you and your family. Here are some of the most compelling reasons for upgrading to a larger, more expansive property.
Work from home
For many professionals, a home office has often been an afterthought, relegated to a spare bedroom or the corner of a basement bonus room. As remote and hybrid-remote work has become more ubiquitous, however, the home office has become more than just helpful—it’s also essential. It’s harder to have a work-life balance when you work in your home. Having a home office or dedicated work space will help you avoid distractions and be more productive. And in homes where two people are working, one home office may not be enough. Both adults need space to work, along with privacy for conference calls and Zoom meetings, and that can be impossible to find in a smaller house.
On a beautiful day, the last thing you want to do is be stuck inside. In a smaller home, your options for hanging out outdoors may be limited, but with a larger lot, you can have a sprawling terrace, porch, and other outdoor living space to spread out on. These more expansive outdoor spaces have the space not just for children to run around on but also for bigger gatherings with friends and family members. Larger lots also offer more privacy and an added feeling of security for many homeowners.
Larger outdoor spaces also offer more opportunities for outdoor play. Private pools, which were once seen as a liability in many markets, are enjoying newfound popularity. Even homes with private tennis courts are a hot commodity in some luxury markets. For homeowners with small children, desirable outdoor recreational features include large play structures or room for sports and other active-play opportunities.
For homeowners trying to avoid the gym, an indoor workout room or fitness studio may be a coveted feature. You may consider mounting large mirrors and a barre in a bonus room and replacing carpeting with hardwood flooring to create a dance studio or makeshift indoor gym.
It’s always fun to go out as a family, but sometimes it’s just as nice to stay home. In a bigger house, there’s increased space for different sources of interest and entertainment. Upgraded amenities, such as media rooms with up-to-date audio-visual technology, can offer opportunities for family fun and a way to change up old routines.
Of course, there are also times when everyone just wants their own space. A larger home with additional seating areas, play spaces, and other enhancements may make it easier for everyone to coexist. Plus, In some homes, a little more luxury may be possible, including larger, spa-like bathrooms and expansive owner’s suites.
Additional outdoor spaces or secondary spaces within the home can provide another way to enhance home life and keep everyone more comfortable. An outdoor she-shed or man cave can offer an opportunity for privacy and uninterrupted relaxation. A pool house or guest suite may be a necessity for returning adult children or elderly parents.
Even children need their own space, so a large playhouse, treehouse, or other child-friendly structure may allow them to exercise their imagination and provide a welcome distraction. For those who are learning to garden, an outdoor potting shed may offer a great place to pursue that new interest. Similarly, a workroom, craft room, or hobby workspace may be a great option.
Parents who work from home may want to rethink their location. Without a commute or physical building tying them down, they can consider relocating to a new community that may work better for them and their family.
For some families, upgrading may mean moving to a gated community or a neighborhood with walking trails and more outdoor spaces. For others, it may mean relocating to a rural area to enjoy more open spaces and a slower-paced lifestyle. Whatever your goal, this is the time to make it a reality.
If you’re considering upgrading to a new, larger home, talk to your real estate professional to determine what location, amenities, and features are most important to you. In addition, ask about how to sell your current home while purchasing your new home at the same time. Your real estate agent will be able to offer you the insights you need to plan ahead for every step of that process.