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Options for a Cramped Home


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Dear Moss Building & Design,

When my family was in town for the holidays, my home felt very cramped. Do you have any suggestions?

— Dulles Mom


Dear Dulles Mom,

Being in a crowded kitchen isn’t fun for anyone! Moss Building & Design has a multitude of affordable renovation options that will not only visually create space but also physically add space without breaking the bank.

If you aren’t ready to commit to a total kitchen renovation here are some quick things our Handymen can help you with to create the illusion of space:

1. Exchanging your solid cabinet doors with glass ones not only adds a new texture to your kitchen but it becomes visually pleasing and opens up your space.

2. Freshen up your cabinets with paint that will help them blend into the wall space behind it.

3. An instant room opener is just that — opening up the room. Many times a wall separating two areas is non-load bearing and can easily be removed. Have the kitchen open up into a living area. Add a small kitchen block island or a mini-peninsula and dramatically alter the look and feel of your kitchen with limited funds!

4. Choose furniture that has a smaller footprint and can easily streamline to change the look of a smaller kitchen space.

However, if you are looking for a more permanent cost-effective solution to expanding your kitchen area, the 5th option would be:

5. Kitchen bump-outs! This decision allows you the opportunity to add legitimate square footage without the cost of a major renovation! Many people use the bump-out concept to:

• Add closet, storage, or pantry space. Take advantage of those newly updated glass cabinets and put lower use items in storage. This way you can free up valuable “storage real-estate” in your cozy kitchen.

• Breakfast nook! Meal time is one of the most important times for family bonding. Having a designated place to eat in the kitchen not only adds monetary value to your home but creates space to make a lifetime of memories.

• Re-configure your space. Adding a kitchen bump-out also allows for a total kitchen re-configuration. Sometimes simply moving your kitchen appliances around to allow for a better kitchen triangle can be a life-altering way to open up your kitchen!

Moss Building & Design specializes in additions, kitchens, bathrooms, and basements with the latest innovative design concepts to maximize your space. Call us today to discuss your home remodel ideas or visit MossKitchens.com for more!

— Moss Building & Design


Moss Building and DesignMoss-200-x-200 is the top home remodeling company in Northern Virginia that has established a reputation for excellence in remodeling additions, kitchens, bathrooms, and basements and providing home services for homeowners. With a strong focus on community, Moss Building and Design encourages a hands-on approach to home improvement with an emphasis on education. Their ‘Girls Night Out’ HandyMOM101 events offer DIY workshops covering projects like tiling, power drills, caulking, and patching drywall. Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter.


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