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Empty Nester Remodels: Make the Most of Your Home

Five ideas for transforming your house once the kids have left

By April Dykman, Improvement Center


If you're staying in your home and looking for ways to make your extra space more useful, here are five ideas for transforming your house:






4. A home gym  If you want to get fit, but signing a contract at a mega-gym isn't your speed, consider turning your extra space into a workout room. You don't have to shell out a lot of cash to get started, just clear the space and start with a few small purchases, like a dumbbell set, a jump rope and a small TV and DVD player for P90x or yoga videos.


So what if you're still paying tuition and can't afford a pricey remodel? Or what if the kids come home pretty regularly and you're not ready to change things too much?

Case Design Remodeling in Washington, D.C. offers the following advice: “Even if you don't do a major remodel, home improvement projects such as fresh paint, replacing old, worn out furniture and redoing floors in high-traffic areas can help make your home look new again and give it some much-needed updates.”

April Dykman is a columnist for Improvement Center.  Copyright QuinStreet, Inc. 2011-2014. All Rights Reserved. 

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