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5 New Opportunities After the Kids Are Grown

        Health | Empty Nest

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Remodel Your Home
If you've always wanted a sewing room, home office or formal dining room, ditch the kids' rec room and transform your home into whatever you desire.
If you've always wanted a sewing room, home office or formal dining room, ditch the kids' rec room and transform your home into whatever you desire.
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As homey as your house became when your children still lived in it, it may have gotten that relaxed, slightly bombed-out look by default, and not by design. Chipped molding, holes in the drywall and the broken sink that nobody under your care would ever fess up to breaking aren't exactly the kinds of reminders you need of time spent raising your family.

With your children grown, there may be less of a need for the den or family rec room. In its place, you could create a home gym, a hobby room or a music room. Perhaps the formal dining room you always wanted could finally come to fruition.

As many memories as you have of raising your children, there's no need to maintain a shrine to that era. Once you get past your now-grown children's mock protests, you can turn their unused bedrooms into well-appointed guest rooms, storage areas or a home office space.

Perhaps you always wanted a sleeker living room or a more chic kitchen. This period in your life allows you to customize the blend of fashion and function in your home design to your liking.

You can take classes to learn various remodeling skills at community centers or even home-improvement stores. Of course, books and vast online resources will also help you get the job done. Best yet, those adult kids of yours are perfect sources of free labor.

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