How To Fill An Empty Nest

August 24, 2018 / Local News, Real Estate

Convert a bedroom to a family/game room like this one seen in our listing, 298 Shore Road, Ogunquit, ME.

For many parents with either college-bound kids or recent graduates, this week is when your home suddenly becomes very quiet and empty.  Since the day your kids were born, you’ve known this day would come, and you either dreaded it or thought you’d be breaking out the champagne to celebrate a job well done.  In any case, you may be left wondering what to do with their now vacant rooms. Do you “let it be” or re-purpose the space?

If you come to the decision that it’s time to re-purpose the space, you can still offer your kids a cozy space to call their own when they return home for breaks or visits by keeping a daybed, futon, twin bed or air mattress in storage.

Once you decide to re-purpose the space, here are some ideas on how to transform it into your dream room:

Home Office

If your idea of working from home involves a laptop at the kitchen table, it’s time for an upgrade! Along with the basics of a desk, lamp, and file cabinet, consider getting creative with a chalkboard or whiteboard paint, framed corkboards, and decorative oversized wall clocks. This may also be a great space for a smart speaker!

For inspiration, visit Houzz’s 15 Home Office Areas Houzzers Love to Save!

Workout Room

You’d be surprised to find how functional small workout spaces can be. A compact stationary bike, weight set, medicine ball and some resistance bands can go a long way! Or, design your own yoga studio with wall mirrors, essential oils, exotic floor plants, and a Bluetooth speaker to set the mood.

See some examples by perusing Houzz’s Work In Some Workout Room Right At Home!

Hobby Space

Whether you’re a writer, musician, artist or craft guru, this is your time to foster that creativity with your own studio!  

See some of HGTV’s Tips For Setting Up a Hobby And Craft Room and let your creativity flow freely! 

Reading Room

If you’re a bookworm, there are so many options for creating a cozy reading room or a more formal library.  Adding built-ins, a media console and some texture with a cozy area rug and plush sofa can transform an old bedroom into a dynamic family room, where everyone wants to gather together to watch a movie, play a board game or enjoy some quiet reading time as a family.

We love these Beautiful Modern Home Libraries brought to you by Houzz.  

Man Cave Or She-Shed Room

For years, you’ve dreamed of having your own space to escape to when you don’t want to watch the big game in the living room, or vice versa, and you don’t want to watch another episode of reality tv.  Now is your chance to create a space for you or your spouse/significant other, making the transition to “just the two of you” again go smoother. Some of our favorite ideas for creating a man cave include installing surround sound (and maybe even some sound insulation?), a state of the art media console, and a poker or pool table.  For a chic and relaxing she-shed room, we love adding storage space for your extra clothes/shoes, a family photograph wall, a wine storage area and an oversized desk or exercise area. Visit ImproveNet for a list of essentials to create a man cave or she-shed room:

Here are 5 Must Have Items To Create The Ultimate Woman Cave!

Or, find 10 Must Have Items To Create The Ultimate Man Cave!


Alternatively, if you’re considering downsizing to a smaller home, please contact us and we’d be happy to help you find your dream condo or smaller home!