There is no doubt that being the owner of an empty nest is a bittersweet experience. However, it is also a fantastic opportunity to cross some things off your bucket list. Here are some of the most popular ideas to take the bitter out of the experience and infuse it with a healthy dose of sweetness.
The guest room tops the list of the most popular remodeling project and with good reason.
Many empty nesters are no longer content to provide just a bedroom and simple bathroom for their guests. Instead, they are designing guest suites that include a host of amenities to truly earn the name “suite.” King-size beds and full bathrooms are just the beginning – dedicated sitting areas, large screen TVs, and even wet bars are now very popular. Of course, it might have the “guest” title but who is to stop you from using the shiny, opulent comforts whenever you please?
There probably aren’t very many people who have not dreamed of having their own home theater. With the kids gone, not only do you have the space to make it a reality but you will also be spared the groans of disapproval when you decide to watch one of the classics.
Fortunately, a media room is both one of the simplest as well as one of the most cost-effective remodeling ideas.
The price and complexity depend on how sophisticated and high-tech you want it to be. Some empty nesters settle for a large screen TV and a good set of speakers. The most intricate setups include plush recliners with embedded speakers and wall-sized display screens for cinematic escapades.
A home gym is almost the de rigueur remodeling decision for a spare bedroom. Part of the reason is that it requires minimal investment of time and money while the health rewards are priceless. Some homeowners decide that a pair of yoga mats and a fitness ball are enough. Treadmills, exercise bikes, and stationary rowers are popular with those who want to invest slightly more.
Either way, a TV and DVD player can come in handy to watch your exercise guides. TV shows can also very helpful in distracting you from the aching muscles when you are in the middle of an especially strenuous session.
Some families take their time to decide whether they want to remodel at all – often because of sentimental reasons. Bold accessories, a new area rug, and small furniture upgrades are simple but effective ways to spruce up the spare space without making a complete change.