Revitalizing the Empty Nest - Giving Your Home New Life After the Kids are Gone


That stage in your life has finally arrived. The kids have packed up and left the house for the first time, and now you are left with some empty space that you’ve never had before. This is a transformative time for your entire family, including for your home.

To ease that creeping sadness that falls upon you when the kids leave, you can think of the situation as an excuse to redecorate and re-adapt your home into something that better suits your needs. For example, you can choose a home remodeling project or invest in high-quality landscaping materials and spruce up your yard.

At Pioneer Landscape Centers, we can help your imagination come to life with our wide range of services, products, and design ideas. If you’re looking to fill that space that your empty nest has created, why not dive in with a few of these easy ideas?

1. Add Your Own Personal Garden

Building a garden can be a therapeutic way to relieve physical and emotional stress. Dedicate a portion of your yard to a rebuilding movement, where you introduce new life into your home by planting your favorite flowers and shrubs. Or, you can make it an herb and vegetable garden by planting seeds that are sustainable throughout the seasons.

If you aren’t a huge gardener, you can invest in hanging plants as well. Different potted plants really give an elevated and cozy appearance to your yard, which might make you feel like a bit of your own character is being added to it.

2. Redecorate Your Bedrooms

The children’s bedrooms don’t really need to stay that way anymore. It’s time to use those rooms to your advantage and rebuild something that is truly your own. Have you always wanted a crafting room? How about a nice rest and relaxation room where you can put your feet up and watch the game? There are plenty of ways that you can turn old bedrooms into functional rooms that serve a specific purpose.

Some of our Pioneer professionals have turned their children’s old bedrooms into utilitarian spaces such as:

  • An in-home gym
  • A guest bedroom
  • A sewing room
  • A home office
  • A library

All you need is some new furniture, some new paint, and a vision. The rest is up to you!

3. Kick Back with a Porch

Perhaps the biggest opportunity for change lies in the front or back yard. Using a variety of landscaping materials, you can build or expand a porch in your yard. Using a deck or a screened porch area can help you to relax as a home away from home, while still enjoying your own private property. Plus, this adds more opportunity to expansion as it adds a place for storage, entertainment, and party hosting.

Not to mention a porch or a deck can add a lot of value to your home. If you’re looking to sell soon, start thinking about resale value. Investing in a remodeling or new construction project can be just what you need to raise that market value and earn yourself a nice profit when you downsize to something smaller.

Get Creative!

While this may feel like a weird in-between moment as you adapt to the new changes in your life, you can use this to fuel your creative spark. There are a lot of projects within the home that you can complete to reinvigorate your senses and redesign your entire home to be a better reflection of you. You spent a long time looking after your children and giving them a space to call their own - now it’s your turn! Don’t be afraid to decorate the way your heart desires. And if you are in need of high-quality landscaping materials and ideas, get in touch with our Pioneer professionals. You can reach out to us online or give us a call at (866) 525-4079 for more information!