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Published: Feb 04, 2022 8 min read
Backyard With A Studio Shed
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Homeowners are finding creative ways to maximize their spaces — without resorting to a full-scale remodel or having to compete in a hot housing market.

Projects that add livable space are among the most popular on homeowners' wish lists for 2022, according to a recent survey by listing site Zillow. Adding or improvising an office space was top of the list with 31% of respondents saying they’d consider such a project. Finishing an attic or basement was another common choice (23%), as was adding an accessory dwelling unit (21%).

“The move for homeowners to optimize their space and create usable square footage has never been higher,” says David Steckel, home expert for Thumbtack.

These projects can not only expand the livable areas in a home but can also provide income. Finished basements with separate entrances and ADUs can not only be used as livable space but can also be used as income-generating additions either as long-term rentals or short-term rentals on platforms such as Airbnb.

Homeowners are making the most of indoor spaces