The children leaving home is an emotional milestone. After adjusting to the sea change of an empty nest, take a look around and ask yourself: “What have I always wanted in my house but couldn’t have because of the kids?”

Here are some of the ways Mosby Building Arts remodeling clients have answered the empty nest question:

In the photo above, a Kirkwood, MO couple converted one of the now-empty bedrooms into a laundry room. Due to aging knees, they were already looking for a way to bring the laundry up from the basement, so this was a wonderful two-bird-one-stone opportunity to age-in-place and have a new guest room serve double-duty. Empty nest remodeling is a convenient time to incorporate accessible design features that make your life easier.

Incorporating an unused bedroom next door creates an expanded master suite in a Creve Couer, MO home.

An empty bedroom in a Creve Coeur, Mo home was swallowed up to enlarge a couple’s master suite. They now have a seating area, a spacious walk-in closet and a bigger master bath. And reconfiguring the floor plan also created an opportunity to create a mini-art gallery (above right) at the entrance to their suite. See more photos of this master suite project.

A basement grows up with a wine cellar and kitchenette in Webster Groves, MO.

A popular empty nest splurge is a wine cellar. For this Webster Groves couple, they added a kitchenette outside the wine cellar to transform their basement into a true entertainment destination.

A mahogany wood-paneled library in a Frontenac, MO basement.

Basements are the ideal place to bring larger ideas to life, like this study with a mahogany coffered ceiling and stone fireplace. This area of the couple’s Frontenac basement was once a game room; now it’s a place to unwind with a good book, or take in a movie on the flat-screen with surround sound speakers. See more photos of this library and its adjacent billiards room.

An art studio and gift wrapping room in the basement of a Creve Coeur, MO home designed and built by Mosby Building Arts.

You may have a little more free time with the kids gone, and develop some new talents. Which is what happened with a Creve Coeur couple, who took their creativity to new heights with an art studio in the basement. They even added one next store for their grandchildren. See more photos of these side-by-side studios.

Once the kids are gone, it’s your chance to re-think how you want to live in your home. If there’s a space or feature you’ve always dreamed of, the designers and builders at Mosby Building Arts are here to bring that idea to life. Call the Mosby office at 314.909.1800 or contact us here to get started.