Some homeowners know they want to upgrade their lifestyle, but they assume moving is the only option.

The truth is, making your home more accommodating and comfortable could just mean making some changes — both big and small.

Here are some project ideas that may just make you reconsider moving.

Home addition, with mini-split air conditioning unit hanging on wall
You would never know the back wall was once brick — and was the back of the home.

1. Build an Addition

Home extensions, or additions, are a great choice for people who need more living space but don’t want to move to a new home to get it.

Whether you need another bedroom for child on the way, a man cave for shooting pool and watching the game, a guest room or a home theater, sometimes, the only option is to add on.

Want to learn more? Read, “Planning a Home Addition: 4 Things to Consider”

Basement finishing, before and after
Your basement can become more enjoyable when you refinish it.

2. Finish Your Basement

If your basement is unfinished, dim and gloomy, and you need additional living space, consider finishing it.

Hiding structural beams and the maze of exposed ductwork, wires and pipes usually found in a basement requires careful planning and innovative ceiling design.

And finishing a basement can pose design challenges, but a remodeled basement will enhance the home’s value and expand its living space.

Learn about basement design and finishing tips.

Deck before and after; from wood deck to composite deck
Considering installing a deck? Composite decking is low maintenance and more durable than its wood counterpart.

3. Install a Deck

More than ever, homeowners understand that their home doesn’t end at their back door; the backyard has plenty of living space.

One way to create a backyard paradise is to install composite decking, which is made from a mixture of wood fibers and plastic polymers. It requires less maintenance than wood and resists cracking and fading.

Better yet, if the deck is elevated, the space under it can double as storage for lawn equipment.

Just install an under-deck drainage system to protect the area and you’re good to go!

Learn more about installing a composite deck.

Kitchen cabinets refaced, before and after
You could replace all your cabinets, but it’s more affordable to reface them!

4. Reface Your Cabinets

Cabinets take up significant space in most kitchens, so replacing them can be costly and time-consuming.

But if you have a free weekend and want to update your kitchen, you don’t have to spend a fortune if you just reface the cabinets yourself.

Read, “How to Reface Kitchen Cabinets” for more information.

Your house is much more than a place to hang your hat; it’s the home where you cook meals, raise families and create so many memories.

So, if you’re considering selling your home, first make sure you can’t change your existing house so it’s once again your dream home.

Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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