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When the Kids Move Out: Design Ideas for Empty Nesters

You wake up one day and realized you’re now an empty nester. Now, what do you do with all that extra space?

For most of your life, you’ve done everything to make sure your children had the best life possible. Now that they have grown and moved out, you are now faced with decisions about what to do with empty rooms. Some parents often suffer from empty nest syndrome, where they keep their children’s rooms exactly the way it was before they left. This mistake is understandable but an empty bedroom can also open up new opportunities for you and your spouse. Laguna-based P.A. Properties, one of the country’s active developers of affordable housing, shares unique ways of transforming these empty rooms into useful, indulgent spaces.


Guest Room

If you have guests over often, you could turn an empty room into a guest room. There’s a wide variety of options on how you can do up a bedroom, but it’s best to keep it simple and easy to maintain. Unlike a child’s room that often includes personal items such as photos, toys, books, posters and awards, a guest room is usually a calming and welcoming space that anyone can feel at home in. It would be nicer if the bedroom has an attached bathroom too. If there are multiple empty rooms, choose the one farthest from the master bedroom for guests to stay in to maintain privacy.

Also, your kids will still be visiting once in a while and you may want to ask them how they’d like their new room to look. That way, they’ll still feel connected when they visit. If they’re not too concerned, ensure it’s a minimalistic yet functional bedroom with a double bed and some art on the wall.


Home Office

As more and more people are discovering the benefits of telecommuting and working from home, you might also want to consider turning a spare bedroom into a home office. If you’re transitioning from full-time to part-time jobs, it’s easier to be productive and motivated when there’s a place to call your own.

On the other hand, if you already have a home work space but it is too small or you require an additional work area, you can turn an empty bedroom into a larger, more comfortable office. The extra space can also give you ample storage for all your files and documents, as well as enough room for a larger desk, should you need it.


Crafts and Hobby Room

A spare bedroom offers you the opportunity to repurpose this space to enhance your new lifestyle. When caring for and raising children is done, you can turn your attention to things that bring you satisfaction and enjoyment such as hobbies and crafts. Regardless of what your hobby is, one of the best ways to use that empty room is to dedicate it to something you are passionate about. Whether it is crafting, music, or painting, take the spare bedroom and turn it into your hobby space.


Home Theatre

Transforming a spare room can go a long way in shaping your life after children. If you love watching movies but going to the theatre to enjoy a movie together with your spouse can seem like a daunting task after a long day at work, you might want to transform a spare room into a home theatre for days when you don’t really want to leave the house. You can also soundproof it!


Health Studio

For empty nesters who want to exercise to get fit but always find reasons not to, it’s hard not to work out when your treadmill or stationary bike is just a room away. Setting up your own home gym can be as simple as getting dumbbells, a yoga mat and fitness ball, or you can go all out and invest in a miniature version of a professional gym, with floors for comfort, weight training machines, and more. Just getting moving will be beneficial, whatever type of gym you want.

Installing a music system with good speakers can get you up and running, too. You’ll also need an extra mat in one corner of the room to keep your shoes, depending on the kind of workouts you do. If you’re someone who sweats a lot and don’t like stinking up the room, a heavy-duty fan might be useful.


Home library or study room

Most of us dream of having a cozy nook in the house where we can relax and indulge in reading. Guess what? You can convert an extra bedroom into a home library. And the good thing about a home library is it doesn’t have to take up a whole room. If you have a guest room, adding shelves to one or two walls and filling them with books is a nice way to store your favorite literature and offer guests lots of reading material to peruse when they visit.

In addition to books, a few personal items like family photos, vacation mementos, and other keepsakes can personalize your bookshelves, adding warmth and a welcoming feeling for visitors.


Walk-In Closet

If the spare bedroom is too small to convert into a guest room or a gym, the extra space creates the perfect opportunity for you to organize your clothing and even create a walk in closet. This will allow you to store all of your clothing and accessories in an organized fashion with the added bonus of a potential spot for a makeup table. Be sure to get good lighting and add a chair for ease with putting on jewelry, shoes and more.

P.A. Properties offers high-quality, durable, stylish, yet affordable housing options to Filipinos and their families who dream of having their own homes. Apart from Laguna, the company also has housing projects in Batangas, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga and Metro Manila — all located in highly-accessible and secured areas that are steadily growing in value. P.A. Properties’ strategic imperative is to develop safe and comfortable communities that are within convenient distance from the hustle and bustle of big cities, at the same time close enough to grant residents access to commercial amenities, schools, hospitals, churches and lifestyle centers. Committed to providing excellent products and services, the company has been building comfortable, safe, and vibrant Filipino communities for the past 24 years that help the government’s national shelter program, while offering amenities that complement the diverse lifestyles of its market.

About P.A. Properties:

For 24 years, Laguna-based P.A. Alvarez Properties and Development Corporation (P.A. Properties) has established itself a name in the competitive Philippine real estate industry by enabling the public to have their dream homes at affordable rates and payment schemes.

P.A. Properties, which has a capitalization of PHP3.3 billion (as of October 2018) and has already built about 19,000 housing units in Laguna, Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Pampanga, and Metro Manila, continues to embark on strategic expansion efforts to further build 25 additional housing communities in the next five years to help ease the more than 6 million housing backlog in the Philippines and contribute to the growth of the economy as well.

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