Home additions are when you add extra space to your home, such as an extra bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen. This major home improvement project requires planning and construction, but it can give you the extra space you need and make your home more comfortable and enjoyable.
These expansions span a wide range of options, from relatively economical expansions of existing rooms in the house to more costly projects that require excavation and the construction of a new addition. For those looking for a more substantial increase in living space, a garage conversion can be a great solution, adding a lot of area for a relatively low cost. And for those wanting a separate living space, consider a detached secondary structure, which can provide a different home-like atmosphere.
Let’s look at some basic information on the most common renovations that can give you more living space and some factors to consider when choosing which is best for you and your home.
The Attic or Basement Conversion
Transforming an unfinished basement or attic into a functional living area can be an excellent way to increase the size of your home without expanding its footprint. This project could be a great way to gain value in your real estate, as it will likely pay for itself in the long run.
Contractors can convert basements and attics into usable living spaces but must meet certain standards. Basements should be completely dry, while attics must adhere to insulation and ventilation regulations mandated by local building codes. Homeowners intending to convert their attic spaces into living areas must ensure they are framed without roof trusses, and any sleeping areas must include egress windows for safety.
The Conventional House Inclusion
A conventional house addition is a building connected to the existing house and increases the size of the home. It can include multiple rooms such as a break room, dining room, family room, bathroom, guest bedroom, or primary bedroom. They may also include a kitchen if the addition is designed for an apartment suite. The addition should be designed to fit naturally with the existing house so it has always been part of the home.
Major home additions involve all aspects of putting up a new house, with all the associated regulations, permits, and subcontractors. It includes much work, including excavation, foundation, wiring, plumbing, and HVAC installation. In some cases, when such projects are designed to provide all the features necessary for independent living, they are referred to as accessory dwelling units (AADUs).
The Room Bump Out
A room addition is an extra room built onto a house’s side for various purposes, such as adding a bedroom or bathroom or making an existing room larger. Residents can use this type of construction project to extend the size of a home and make it more comfortable.
Create more usable space in your kitchen by adding an extra 50 sq. ft. This could accommodate a kitchen island or create a larger dining area by extending outward into the air. This could be done by constructing a new roofline with either a shed style or flat roof.
Working on multiple renovations can be as simple or complicated depending on the area you want to enhance. Just look back to this guide to maximize your space and budget!
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