Many more homeowners nowadays are choosing to add square feet to their home, whether they need it for their own purposes, or are looking to increase the resale value of their home. Below are 5 of the most popular rooms for homeowners to add, which may bring you inspiration for your own home addition:
- Kitchen additions
Original kitchens are often made too small or designed poorly, and for many families, the kitchen is at the heart of the home. This has inspired many homeowners to increase the size of their existing kitchen, and in some cases, even replace all appliances and cabinetry to get the real wow factor and dream kitchen.
- The addition of a mudroom
A fantastically convenient place to store outdoor wear, they are also great as an informal entrance to the home, and can prevent a lot of clutter, dust and general dirt from coming into the rest of the home. Naturally, the size of the mudroom will impact the budget, along with the materials used.
- Sunroom additions
With the ability to elevate even the most modest home, a sunroom can let natural light pour in and bring the sunshine inside. Available in several varieties, they can be made into three or four-season sunrooms and solariums, although it’s important to keep in mind that 3-season sunrooms are not comfortable to use during the colder months of the year.
- Adding a bathroom
A busy household can never have enough bathrooms, and as such, the addition of a bathroom is usually a valuable one. Convert a closet or area under the stairs into a water closet, or go the distance and add a whole new bathroom. When installed and decorated professionally, an extra bathroom can add significant value to a home, and can certainly be a valuable factor in decreasing queues for the shower in the mornings!
- Home office addition
Now more than ever with the ongoing pandemic, more and more of us are working from home and space is often at a premium. Finding a room to work in without any distractions can be tough in many households, but a adding a home office will almost certainly be better value in the long run than renting a commercial space, and much more convenient. If large enough to be used as a bedroom should the need arise, an office can also be a desirable addition when you come to sell your home, and can add to its value and appeal.
Some smaller home additions you may also want to consider are: dormers and bump-outs. Costing much less than adding a room, they can still make your home look and feel bigger, and can prove just as appealing to buyers as the addition of a new room.
If you’re considering adding a room or smaller space to your home, be sure to consult with a professional design and construction company or a general contractor first, so that you can get a better idea of what would suit your property, and what would be within your budget.