It’s almost time for back to school, and you know what that means! It’s time for a change… around the house.

Here are a few back-to-school remodeling ideas that make the grade.

Study Nooks 

Kid's Desk

If we’ve learned anything from this past year, it’s that working from home can be challenging. Well, the same can be said for your kids: learning and studying at home is no easy feat! This is especially true when the whole family is working together in the living room or at the kitchen table. Things just get… a little chaotic. We think kids deserve a custom study space just as much as adults need a home office.  

A custom study space doesn’t have to be big or elaborate. In fact, some of the best study spaces are hidden away in little nooks and niches. Not only is it cozy, but it’s a dedicated place for your kids to work independently on their homework and projects. Custom study spaces can be custom-built for virtually any area of the house, including the kitchen, mudroom, basement, bedroom, and beyond.  

Stairway to Storage

Under Stairs Storage

“I think we have too much storage space,” said no one ever. As a homeowner, you’ve probably noticed that things just seem to accumulate. If you don’t keep them in check, pretty soon, you don’t have anywhere to put them all. That’s why turning your under-stair area into a discreet storage place is the perfect solution to your square footage woes.  

Extra storage is always great, especially when your little ones join sports teams (so much equipment!), sign up for the school band (how is your kid’s tuba the same size as he is?), or bring home large projects (yet another paper mâché volcano). You can safely store all these big items nearby but out of sight—a happy medium for all involved. 

Mudroom Update


Speaking of things that your kids bring home, you’ll need a place to stow all their daily-use school items. Book bags, gym totes, school shoes, winter gear, and the like should be close at hand without being in the way – which means the mudroom is the ideal candidate for an update or overhaul. Accessorize the space with hooks, shelves, cubbies, and storage baskets for a space that’s both cute and functional.

Laundry Room Overhaul 

Functional Laundry Room

Let’s face it: kids can get messy at school, which means the mess comes home with them. Perhaps now is the right time to makeover your laundry room and turn it into a space that meets all your cleaning qualifications. 

Front Porch Makeover

Front Porch

Nothing helps ring in the new school year like a new outfit, a new binder, and a new front porch. Okay, maybe just a facelift! You can turn your dreary frontstoop into a Monday-morning oasis, where you and the kids can enjoy yourselves while waiting for the bus.  

Back Yard Facelift 

Backyard playground

Why not spruce up the backyard as a reward for the kids? A new playground, deck, and sitting area (okay, that last one’s for the adults) are the perfect way to help your kids unwind after a long day at school. 

New (school) year, new you. Maybe it’s time for some changes around the house, too. If you’re ready for something different, Touchstone can help make your vision a reality. Let us show you what we can do!