Most houses and apartments are designed with a standard format in mind – kitchen, bathroom, living/dining area, and bedrooms. As houses get bigger the room sizes increase and there may be more bedrooms or an extra bathroom, but they’re still basically the same. That’s fine for a standard family, and if you want you can turn a spare bedroom or unused basement into space for your hobbies, for instance. But what if you have grander aspirations in mind? Can you make space in a standard home for something a bit more unusual?
More than just a repurposed spare room
Have you always dreamed of having a space dedicated to one of your passions in life? Not just a room that could be used for your favourite pastimes one day and changed back into a spare bedroom the next, but space entirely given over to and designed for something that takes a bit more engineering to achieve?
Here are some examples of what you can do:
- Model railway layout: A real big boys (and girls!) toy, model trains are marvels of miniature engineering that are the subject of lifelong passions. The ultimate goal is to have a fully functioning multitrack layout at home in a place where you can stand in comfort and watch your trains travel through all the scenery that you have painstakingly made and hand painted. To achieve this requires the building of a platform for the tracks to run on, which has to be secure and perfectly level to ensure the trains can run smoothly.
- Recording studio: You don’t have to be in a band to make your own music, as modern technology allows you to use software programming and multi-track
recorders to create and record your own songs. You, therefore, don’t need a vast external studio to have a lot of fun and even do some serious record-making, as long as you have a space large enough for you and your equipment. What you may well need to keep your family and neighbours happy is some soundproofing insulation to the room, so no-one has to listen to you practice!
- Bar: It makes quite a talking point for visitors and is very handy when you’re entertaining, so although it may seem like an indulgence, if you love the idea of making like Tom Cruise and mixing your own cocktails, why not have your own bar? If you have the room, you could have it permanently set up for evening drinks, but you could also make it dual purpose and use it as a breakfast bar in the mornings. Get some bar stools from ModernDigsFurniture.com, and you’re all set.
- Disco: Yes, complete with flashing lights, sound system and dance floor. If you or your kids love to strut your funky stuff, what better way than by having a space set aside in which you can dance your feet off in safety? It will be very useful for parties and special occasions, and by changing the music, you could adapt it for a kids’ birthday party, or a senior's fifties night.
- Home cinema: Not just a big flat-screen TV (although that’s a less full-on way of doing it), but a real screen, projector, sound system and cinema seats. You could even have your own ice cream freezer full of cute little tubs as they had back in the day, or a popcorn machine set up for fresh snacks. Going to watch a movie has always been a special event, and it must still be seen as something special, or cinemas wouldn’t keep going! There’s something magical about the whole experience of being in a darkened room watching a massive screen, but to recapture the full effect at home, you would need to make your chosen space as close to the real thing as possible. Otherwise, you may as well stick to the big screen TV.
- Mini zoo: Not a zoo with tigers and elephants of course, but if you have a passion for exotic animals they will need spacious living conditions that are safe, correctly maintained, and allow your pets to lead as natural and rewarding a life as possible. Reptiles, snakes, spiders, turtles and the like are popular pets, or you could have a feature aquarium that occupies centre stage. You don’t need to be a fish enthusiast; there are plenty of crustaceans, crabs, jellyfish, starfish and other rockpool type creatures that can live in a suitably provisioned aquarium.
Planning your individual space
For all the examples above, there are some essentials that you need to cover before you start work on remodeling. You need first of all to check if your project will require any permissions, permits or have any legal implications that could affect completion. Unless these are in place, there’s no point getting started, as you may fail to get what you need and your work will have been wasted. Once these are sorted, you need to draw up plans or a professional to create a room design for you that will accommodate all the required specialist fixtures and fittings that your project needs. Don’t try and do this part on your own unless you have the expertise, as it is far more complicated than a standard remodeling project. You could need specialist electrical or electronic systems put in place, as well as soundproofing in the walls and possibly floors and ceilings too. You could also need floor strengthening for upstairs rooms that will be supporting a lot of weight, and the installation of the infrastructure elements that will lay the framework for your display units, train tracks, or whatever other equipment you may need. As with any building project, get several quotes from reputable firms, check their references and testimonials, and if possible view some of their previous work. The last thing you want is someone who is not up to the job making a mess of your dream room.
It’s such an exciting concept to be able to convert a room or make a space in a standard dwelling for these unusual kinds of fancies. If you have the resources, then you could end up with a room where dreams come true, that will provide you with happy memories for years to come.