Now that your kids have launched lives of their own, you may
be considering how to maximize the extra space they left behind. Making
renovations can be a fun way to turn their now-empty rooms into a useful
and/or relaxing space for your own enjoyment. And your timing could be
spot on; a recent survey found half of empty-nesters of pre-retirement
age are opting to stay in their family homes instead of downsizing.
"Retirement isn't all about being practical," notes Ken Dychtwald of
California-based consulting firm Age Wage. "More and more people are
turning their empty nests into nurturing nests."
Building a workout space right into your home should eliminate any
excuses to avoid exercise. Features might include mirrored walls,
storage space for gear, a sound system, extra ventilation and/or rubber
floor tiles for acoustic control.
*Man or woman cave: This room could incorporate
an endless array of hobbies specific to your interests including
reading, watching movies, creating art, practicing music, playing video
games or cheering on your favorite sports team.
*Guest bedroom: Now that your kids have flown
the coop, you have more time to entertain friends, whereupon an
appealing guest bedroom could be a boom to your social life. Another
option is using space-saving furniture to combine a guest bedroom with a
room that serves other purposes, such as an office or reading room.
*Walk-in closet: Multiple retailers now offer
dream closet components like drawers, bars, shelves, mirrors and
containers. Consider a vanity and/or benches for relaxing as you apply
makeup, try on shoes and accessories and create the perfect outfit.
*Meditation room: Create a space to recharge
yourself physically and mentally, perhaps with natural light, a sound
system and elements of nature like plants, flowers and/or a water
fountain. To achieve a Zen quality, minimal furniture and accessories
are recommended. Pastels or dark colors are considered the most relaxing
colors. Consider building a customized meditation table to work as the
centerpiece of your room.
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