No matter the size of your current home, there is a good chance that you could use some extra space. Instead of searching for a larger home, consider an addition that gives you more room while increasing your home’s value. You can get additions in a range of sizes depending on the space you have available and the layout of your home.
Before you embark on a home addition project, it is a good idea to consult with a builder or remodeling contractor before you make your plans to find out what is permitted under your local zoning ordinances and how far your budget will reach.
If you need some inspiration for your project, below is a look at the top 7 home addition ideas for 2021.
1. Install A Bump-Out Or Micro-Addition
A bump-out or micro-addition can be a great way of adding some floor space to your home without embarking on a full-fledged addition project. Micro-additions typically add around 100 square feet to a home. That may not sound like much, but it can add a surprising amount of space.
You can use this approach to give a kitchen an eat-in counter, breakfast nook or walk-in pantry. It can also be used to add a window nook onto your living room, a walk-in closet in a bedroom or space for a bathtub in a bathroom.
A cantilevered bump-out does not require roof or foundation work, which means the cost can be as much as 30 percent less than a conventional addition of comparable size.
2. Add Another Full Bathroom
Adding another full bathroom to your home can add value and make it more attractive to potential buyers, not to mention the benefits that can be gained from having enough bathroom space to comfortably accommodate all of your home’s inhabitants during busy times when bathrooms are in high demand.
A full bathroom can be surprisingly easy to fit into your home. Some homeowners will use space that is currently occupied by a hallway or closet, while others opt to devote part of a large master bedroom to a new bathroom.
The cost of adding a full bathroom depends on the size and style; a large and luxurious bathroom with spa-like features can quickly become expensive. However, there are plenty of budget-friendly ways you can add a practical yet beautiful bathroom onto your home.
3. Expand Your Kitchen
The size of your kitchen may have been acceptable when you bought the house, but over time, you might have outgrown it. If your kitchen feels crowded, it may be time to consider expanding it.
In some cases, you may be able to expand your kitchen by taking over part of an adjoining room, such as a dining room. This might require removing some walls and replacing cabinetry and countertops. It may also be possible to add an extra room onto the house or use a bump-out to gain additional kitchen space.
4. Incorporate Glass Walls
For a truly awe-inspiring room, consider building a home addition that features floor-to-ceiling windows. This is a great way to bring some of the outdoors inside and open up a home that is older or lacking windows.
You can also do this without an addition, hiring contractors to transform an existing wall into one with windows running its full length to create a bright and airy space. Glass walls look clean and modern, and they can instantly transform the look and feel of your entire home.
5. Build A Screened-In Porch
A screened-in porch can give your property a great place to relax and unwind. Filled with light yet free of insects, it is a great way to comfortably enjoy the nature surrounding your home.
Adding a wrap-around porch with windows and screens is one option, or you can use your home’s existing porch as a base from which to create an exciting new screened-in space. The cost of these projects is typically dependent on their size, but this tends to be a relatively affordable addition to make to a home.
6. Dig Out And Finish Your Basement
If your property does not have a lot of space for you to expand your home outward or upward, you can gain a significant amount of additional living space by digging out and finishing your basement. Digging out a basement can be expensive, especially if you have a wet basement, but the amount of space you gain can be well worth the investment.
Giving a basement a generous ceiling height can make it feel more like a proper part of the house and not simply a finished basement, and there are a variety of ways you can use the space. Many people devote the area to recreation, creating a space to watch television and movies, play video games, or work on hobbies. Guest suites with a bathroom and kitchenette are another popular option, while some use it for entertaining by creating a bar and seating area where friends can gather.
7. Add Another Level
Adding a second story onto your home can be a significant undertaking, but it can also add a sizable amount of square footage to your home, not to mention the increase in resale value that it will provide.
An additional level can span the entire area of the first floor, or you may choose to add another level above just one part of the home, such as the garage.
This type of addition must be carried out with the help of a builder, and an architect must ensure that the structure and foundation of the home will be able to handle the additional weight.
Turn Your Home Addition Ideas Into Reality Today
If you are interested in learning more about a home addition, renovation or remodel, get in touch with the experienced contractors at Dirt Connections. Their team can help you find the best way to get the space you need within your budget and carry out your project professionally from start to finish.
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