A home addition can completely transform a house, with even smaller additions creating significant extra space and appeal. Although some people make additions solely with the idea of increasing resale value in mind, experts say it is best to add to your home when you plan to stay there for several years so you can enjoy the benefits of the project.
House additions can range from simple sun rooms to more dramatic full-sized official additions. Some are relatively inexpensive, while others can cost as much as the house itself. In most cases, a conventional house addition sees a structure being built onto one side of the house that is permanently open into the main house.
A room addition or bump-out is another option that sees a single room structure being built onto the side of the house that is designated for one particular function, such as a bathroom or bedroom.
Most people turn to expert help for home additions given the scope of these projects. According to statistics from Houzz, 88 percent of homeowners hired professional help for renovations in 2017, which was an increase over the previous years.
Home Additions You Should Consider
While remodeling is best done with the homeowner’s needs in mind, it is also a good idea to consider which types of renovations will offer the best return on investment. Kitchens and bathrooms are frequent focuses of such projects, but there are plenty of other home additions that can add value and enjoyment to a family’s living space. Here is a look at some of the top custom home additions to consider.
Adding Another Story To Your Home
Homeowners can enjoy a significant return on their investment by adding a second story. Home Advisor’s True Cost Guide reports that a two-story addition that includes a master suite upstairs and a living area downstairs can result in a 65 percent return on investment. The resulting increase in square footage can also be a draw for potential buyers.
Another popular approach is adding a second story to the home without expanding the ground floor. One big benefit of expanding upward as opposed to outward is that it allows homeowners to maintain their yard space while still getting a significant square footage boost. An additional story can also help to accommodate an expanding family and guests. It may even open up some better views of the surrounding area.
Adding a second story to a home can be a costly undertaking that may render some areas of the home unusable during the process. Where cost is a concern, some homeowners opt to add a partial second story above just a few rooms of the home or the garage.
Master Suite Addition
A master suite addition gives owners a big private space where they can relax in peace. Although this can be one of the more expensive home additions, it can pay off when selling the home as many buyers these days are seeking a master bedroom with extra room and amenities.
A walk-in closet with plenty of storage is one important feature to consider when planning the amount of space to devote to this project. A full master bathroom with high-quality features can also increase the room’s appeal, with freestanding tubs and steam showers being among the most popular amenities.
However, it is important for the master suite to be relatively proportional to the rest of the home. Additions work best when they look like they have always been there, and a huge suite added on to an otherwise small home may end up looking out of place.
Adding Another Full Bathroom
An extra full bathroom is a common home addition that can bring a 53 percent return on investment, according to Home Advisor’s True Cost Guide. A full bathroom is ideal, but even a half bathroom can make a big difference if space is limited. Remodeling or updating the home’s current bathrooms can also help attract buyers, and this may be done at the same time as a bathroom addition for greater efficiency.
Most bathroom additions in older homes involve adding a new bathroom off the master bedroom to turn it into a master suite. However, there are often other appropriate locations depending on the specific layout of the home; a contractor can advise on the best approach.
This type of addition involves not only the framework and foundation costs but also the cost of the interior amenities, such as the new shower, tub, toilet, sink and associated flooring, plumbing and electricity.
Expanding Your Kitchen
An eat-in kitchen is a very popular feature that many homes lack, and this can be easily remedied with a kitchen addition. A built-in banquette with a bench and pillows is a popular choice for families. Those who are doing a kitchen expansion with selling in mind are advised to stick to neutral colors for cabinets, tiles and flooring.
If a kitchen has an exterior wall that is somewhat long, even extending that wall by 3 feet can add dozens of extra square feet, which would be enough to add more cabinets or make it an eat-in kitchen. A bump-out can also be used to create a seating area.
Adding A Deck To Your Home
Building a new deck allows homeowners to enjoy the great outdoors comfortably, and it is especially useful in homes that do not have an existing outdoor space. It is also a good investment; the recoup rate for a 16×20-foot pressure-treated wood deck when selling a home is 90 percent, according to HGTV.
The cost of a deck addition can vary widely, which means it can suit a range of budgets. The size and materials used are the biggest factors. Optional extras such as built-in seating or flower pots and multiple sets of stairs can enhance the space, while roper maintenance can significantly extend the lifespan of a new deck.
Speak To An Experienced Home Additions Contractor
If you are looking to add onto your home to create extra space for your family to enjoy, speak to the experienced home additions contractors at Dirt Connections. Their experts can offer valuable advice on all aspects of residential remodeling and construction.
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