There’s a reason why home additions are one of the most popular remodeling projects. In addition to expanding the living space in your home and improving indoor comfort, home additions can boost your home’s property value.
There are several factors you need to take into account before pursuing a home addition. These factors include your budget, the existing space in your home and your local building code’s restrictions, but the most important one is your family’s needs. Remember: a one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t work in home improvement projects.
Here’s a quick overview of the different kinds of home additions.
Bump outs would be a smart choice for homeowners who need a bit more living space on the main floor, but are on a tight budget. Unlike other home additions, bump-outs don’t need a new foundation, allowing you to save on construction and labor costs.
The lower costs of bump outs don’t necessarily mean they have less functionality than other home additions. The functionality of any home addition ultimately depends on what you do with the extra space. For instance, you can use the extra space to add a tub or shower to a master bathroom, a walk-in closet to a master bedroom or a kitchen island to your kitchen.
Of course, bump outs are not without disadvantages. The space from them is limited, with a standard bump out being only 3 feet wide and 10 to 12 feet long. That’s why it’s important to maximize every inch of floor space you get from a home addition.
If you want to maximize your return on investment (ROI), sunrooms would be a good choice. They have an impressive ROI of 49%, which can be increased by adding certain features. One advantage of having a sunroom built is that you get to enjoy more flexibility when it comes to its design. That’s because a sunroom is a supplemental living area and, therefore, is subject to fewer restrictions than a conventional home addition. For instance, you can have oversized glass panes installed in sunrooms, something you normally can’t do in a conventional home addition.
Aside from the ROIs and design flexibility, what are the advantages of having a sunroom? Well, a sunroom increases the amount of leisure space in your home. If you have a sunroom, you can enjoy the outdoor scenery without having to step outside. You’ll also get to bask in warm sunlight no matter where you sit, allowing you to reap the full benefits of natural sunlight. Studies have shown that getting enough exposure to sunlight can help improve your mood.
The aforementioned two home additions add floor space. However, what if you have plenty of floor space, but not enough living space? One option would be to convert your garage into a living space.
Compared to other home additions, garage conversions can be completed in a shorter time frame. That’s because there’s already a preexisting structure. Instead of starting from scratch, your remodeling contractors will connect your garage to your HVAC system’s ductwork and add sheetrock and flooring. Since the garage is quite far from the other rooms in your home, remodelers would recommend converting it into a stand-alone studio apartment. Having trouble choosing a home addition? Consult a professional remodeling and roof replacement contractor.
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