This past year has shown homeowners the importance of having enough functional, livable space in your home. Many people who chose to buy a new-construction home were looking for more square footage to make the additional time spent at home with family a little less stressful. While you might have needed a spare bedroom to use as a home office or virtual learning space for kids, chances are you’ve returned to work and your kids have resumed in-person school—and the room is getting much less use than it did in 2020. Bishard Homes doesn’t want to see your spare bedroom go to waste, so we’re showing you a few ways to get the most of your floor plan’s extra square footage.
Friends and family
From the historic landmarks and vibrant cultural attractions to beautiful beaches and unique coastal waterways, residents of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake get to enjoy everything this area has to offer year-round. Living in a vacation destination means you’ll have family and friends asking to stay with you for their next getaway, so having a designated space for guests is a good idea. Focus on creating a cozy and inviting space that complements the rest of your home—but remember that no matter how it’s decorated, guests will appreciate your hospitality.
Health and wellness
If you’d like to invest a little more time and energy on yourself, creating a room to work on your health and wellness is a great start. A spare bedroom is the perfect place to set up a home gym, meditation space or whatever you need to feel healthier and happier. With more people working out at home than ever, homeowners can find plenty of equipment, technology and inspiration. Go all out with a treadmill, stationary bike and weight rack or keep it simple with a few sets of dumbbells, a yoga mat and some resistance bands. If you use a video-based workout program, a small television will finish off the space and help keep your household active.
Hobbies and entertainment
Whether you’ve had the same hobby for years or picked it up recently, a spare bedroom is an ideal space to work on perfecting your craft. Painting, sculpting, puzzles, scrapbooking, crocheting, collecting—whatever you and your family like to do—can take up precious space or cause clutter in other areas of your home. Stock your room with the materials you need and consider installing shelves or bookcases for displaying your finished products. If you have children at home, consider including a designated area for them to craft alongside you.
If you prefer to spend your free time watching movies, cheering on your favorite teams or playing video games, an entertainment or movie room is a must-have. All you really need is a big, comfy couch, a large television or projector and some blackout curtains. This type of room would be the perfect opportunity to get creative and stray a bit from your typical design style—so have fun with it.
Being a parent or grandparent brings joy, but it often comes with messes as well. A spare bedroom dedicated as a playroom can help keep the chaos of toys, books and crafts in a designated space (and out of your living room).
Multi-purpose to meet every need
No matter the size of your spare bedroom, there’s the opportunity to combine your interests, passions and needs to create a multi-purpose room. If you want a space for guests but don’t have them that often, consider purchasing a full-size bed instead of a queen and squeezing in the exercise equipment or drawing desk that you’ll use more often. Without a bed taking up space, the possibilities for use are pretty much endless.
If you’re looking for a new-construction home with a spare bedroom in Virginia Beach or Chesapeake, Bishard Homes has plenty of single-family and townhome plans offering additional square footage to fit families of every size. To learn more about our expertly designed communities or to schedule a tour, contact us today by calling (757) 703-3367 or filling out an online form.