If you love your current neighborhood but you feel like you need just a little more space, adding on to your home could be a great solution. With all of the options available to you, however, you may find it difficult to decide where that new space would be most useful. This guide will cover four popular types of home additions to help you.
1. Mudroom Addition
Homeowners who live in areas with frequent rain or snow may want to consider their entryway first when looking for new home additions. Mudrooms let you store items near your doorway that you frequently need on the go. A mudroom typically features hardwood, tile, or stone flooring, and it may be no larger than the average walk-in closet.
Mudrooms look great with either open shelving or cabinets and drawers. You can also hang hooks in your mudroom to store keys, coats, umbrellas, and other essentials.
Since the mudroom is just a space seen in passing, many homeowners choose not to install electrical wiring and instead rely on windows for natural light. This makes the addition more affordable by saving you the expense of hiring an electrical contractor.
2. Bathroom Addition
If you are living with fewer bathrooms than your family needs, one great home upgrade is a bathroom addition. A new bathroom will make your morning routine easier, and it will likely improve the value of your home since bathrooms are such a sought-after feature.
Naturally, you will need to work with a plumber to run new pipes and supply lines to your bathroom addition. If your home’s plumbing is buried beneath the foundation, a concrete contractor may need to assist in breaking up the foundation slab. Such invasive measures are usually not required if you convert an existing room to a bathroom.
3. Master Bedroom Addition
A master bedroom addition gives you a great place to unwind, and it may even improve your quality of sleep. Like bathroom additions, you can expect a new master bedroom to increase the value of your home. Features like a skylight, a reading nook, or even a connected patio can help to make the master bedroom feel like the most luxurious part of any home.
Since a master bedroom addition includes a bathroom, the project has all the same considerations as a standard bathroom addition. You must also make plans to adapt your HVAC ductwork to serve the new space.
4. Kitchen Bump-Out
Not every home addition has to be an entirely separate room. Minor additions that increase the size of an existing room are commonly referred to as bump-outs. The kitchen is a great place for a bump-out because even a small amount of extra space can vastly improve your cooking workflow. A bump-out can make space to add new appliances, cabinets, counter space, or a kitchen island.
If you’re worried about the effect that adding on to your home can have on its outward appearance, you can still take advantage of bump-out additions. Many bump-outs can remain invisible from the outside and still provide ample interior space.
Like most people, you probably update your vehicles, wardrobe, and electronics over time as your individual needs change. Why shouldn’t you do the same for your home? Home additions help you adapt your living space to major life changes, such as working from home or adding someone new to the family.
When it comes to home additions, remodeling, and construction, at DESIGNfirst Builders, we know the importance of quality, professional work. Call us when it’s time to make an addition to your home so we can help you get the most out of your new space!
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