Life happens, families grow, circumstances change, and sometimes you find yourself in a situation where your once-perfect little house is no longer ideal. If this sounds like where you’re at right now, thoughts of moving are likely on your mind. But is that really the answer?
You love your neighborhood. The kids have lots of friends, a great school, and the thought of leaving your neighbors behind makes you sad. So why leave?
If you feel like your home is getting a little too cozy, adding a room might give you the space and comfort you’re after. Better yet, you’re already there – no moving necessary!
What Kind of An Addition Do You Need?
The type of addition you undertake should take into account both your current and future needs.
Think about what features you would need to make your house more comfortable. Is it an extra bathroom for your teens? A master suite to give you some privacy? An in-law suite to keep your aging parents close by, or an income suite to bring in some extra cash? How about a bigger living room or a family room in the basement so the kids can have their own space?
These are all excellent room addition ideas that can help you transform your living space into exactly what you need.
Here are some of the most popular room additions we work on at Foley Homes:
A garage conversion is a great way to get some extra space without changing the footprint of your home. Whether you use it as a spare bedroom, a family room, or a home office, it’s one of the fastest and least complicated ways to get the extra room you need because the basic structure is already there. Depending on the current state of your garage, you might need to insulate, install a new floor, windows, HVAC, and create a new entry.
Auxiliary Suite Over the Garage
If you’re still using your garage for your vehicles or storage, think about adding a level over the garage for an auxiliary suite. This stand-alone unit could be an income suite, an extra bedroom, or your new home office.
Add A Second Story
Depending on the size of your lot, the rules of the neighborhood residents’ association, or your local zoning and variance laws, it may not be possible to build out or change the footprint of your home. In this case, it might be an option to build up instead.
As long as the structure of your home has enough integrity to support this type of addition, this is a real and viable option that can change the look, feel, and functionality of your house. It is, however, a pretty big job. If you choose to go this route, think about relocating while the work is being done. You might be more comfortable in a temporary home or another part of the house.
Screen Porch or Sunroom
A screen porch, while it’s not a four-season room, gives you some extra living space during the warmer months. If you tend to have a lot of visitors in the summertime, this approach could serve you well as it helps you extend the warmer season.
However, if you want a room that’s useable year-round, a sunroom might be the ticket. Sunrooms give you the same benefits as a screen porch with a little added protection from the elements. If you already have a sizeable deck, you will just need to enclose and insulate it appropriately. Whether you open up the common wall to the rest of your house is up to you, but if you do so, consider that you will need to extend your heating and cooling system for adequate comfort.
Your basement holds a world of possibilities. Some ideas for finished basements include media rooms, game rooms, home theaters, a fitness room, or a home spa. You could even turn it into a replica of your favorite bar. Maybe your teens need a play space of their own, or perhaps your eldest wants their own room – why not give them a stand-alone suite they can decorate any way they like?
Finished basements offer an attractive return on your investment, too, so no matter what you decide to do with it, it will pay off over the long-term.
Do you need some extra space? If you love your house, but the walls are starting to close in around you, it might be time to think about an addition. Reach out today to learn more about how we can help.