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Where do you store overflow items? Things like the extra freezer, the sheet sets you haven't opened, extra supplies for the B&B?

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We used the 4th bedroom upstairs as my sewing room/storage/repository for anything DH did not want in HIS area. THEN I took half of it to create the private bathroom.

Sewing machine is now in my Library/office. Never had a freezer because no place to put it (rented a freezer locker at the ice company in neighboring city for a few years). Installed shelving units on both walls for sheets/towels/supplies, etc.  Having the tea hutch built for the dining room and the sideboard  for the kitchen gave me much needed storage space for dishes, goblets, and silver in the dining room and appliances and groceries in the kitchen. My office still needs to be shoveled out - and i have made inroads to cleaning it up several times - without success I might add.

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I'm asking because we are finally considering redoing our basement. It was an apartment until we took over the house. Unfortunately the previous owner left it in a bad state and it had to be gutted. So we have simply been using it as storage for ourselves. But now... if we redo it, it would become a separate apartment and all of a sudden I have a freezer, food and linens to store. I keep extra bedding sets and sheets that have never even been washed down there. The freezer full of stuff for breakfast. And stocked shelves of food. Our kitchen in apartment sized, so all the overflow goes down there. And we aren't sure if we are going to move there (whereupon storage isn't a big deal) or we are going to rent it out, whereupon it's panic time!

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Try to get on that TV show that does basement conversions. New basement apt and storage and publicity!

Income Property.

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Wrong city... they are one big city to the west of us.

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Sugar Bear wrote:

Wrong city... they are one big city to the west of us.

I thought he might travel...

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They don't do that, he's not licensed around here.

We hired an architect. We wanted to hire just a designer but the law precludes it because of the size of the house. We have told him that we need to save some storage space for us. We'll see what he can do. But it's a real concern. We currently use the extra fridge downstairs, the freezer and at least three sets of shelves for the B&B. There is other stuff down there, but that we can certainly cut down on, but running the B&B without that space will certain make things harder on us.

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Will the apt have an exterior access? They might be able to leave you the space under the stairs down from the interior access in that case.

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Yes, it will. I was thinking that maybe I would put a door and keep the staircase and the space in front of it.

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we are moving the entry door to our apartment in order to reorganize the kitchen.  As we do it, we are having a mud room built outside the new door.   Adding a lot of great storage.  Is a small addition a possibility?

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I wish it was, but it's not possible. The Victorians had great space but never thought about having storage. Just finding a place for a guest fridge was an ordeal.

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Look at the apartment with fresh eyes.  Is there a way to build a storage room without ruining the rental? 

Consider moving doors, or walls.  Think outside the box - there may be a way to build yourself a storage basement room and still retain a rentable unit.

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We're in a very wet, cool location, so we have to be cautious of mold and rust. We put things in the garage and a store room that's built into the garage and has our second refrigerator and freezer. The other places are just shoving unto our closets and adding shelves in laundry room to store additional linens.

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We store some extra blankets in the bottom drawers in the rooms.   I don't imagine most people ever open the bottom drawer and if they do, it is a room useful thing.

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In the attic, in my bedroom closet, in a cupboard we stuffed into an unused corner in the hallway. The freezer and the spare dryer are in the basement but I wouldn't store paper/fabric in there.

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Google "under bed storage" and you'll find lots of products. Here's one from IKEA

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/bedroom/19059/# 

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im building a one story porch, office and conservatory on the back - woo hoo!

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We put a lot of money, time and effort into improving our basement so we would have storage.

But for tricks?  Under the bed is great especially for unopened sheets or boxes of soap or other supplies. 

Look for places in the walls.  I have a 'secret' closet built in between the studs of the living room and covered with matching panelling.  Another place is under the stairs.  A handy man can cut the wall open and fashion a door.  

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