Many homeowners get excited about the possibility of adding another room to their house. Their excitement quickly fades away though when they become frustrated with all of the building logistics. But the truth is this: Adding another room to your house doesn’t have to be a daunting task. To get your room addition started on the right track, follow these three important tips:
1. Decide exactly what type of room you want
If you search for home-addition plans on the internet, you’ll be overwhelmed with rooms of all shapes, sizes, and styles. Pictures can be the worst tool to use when you start planning your addition. The best thing to do is keep things as simple as possible. There are three basic types of additions that you can make when you’re thinking about adding another room to your house:
- Ground addition: A room added to the first floor of your house
- Second-floor addition: A room added to the second floor of your house
- Detached addition: A room added separately from your house
The choice that you make should be influenced by your budget (ground additions are usually the least expensive) and your needs. You definitely want a room that makes your house easier and better for you and your family to live in.
2. Increase the resale value of your home
You should think about how your added room influences your home’s resale value. Adding an extra bedroom or bathroom will substantially increase your home’s value. A storage room, closet, or office will also increase value. What’s great about an added room is that it gives you options. For example, if you really want your added room to be something like a bar, movie room, or playroom, you can create the room as such while still calling it a bedroom. You can also add an extra bedroom and turn another room in your house into a room of your choosing. There really are a lot of options.
But keep in mind that rooms that are very unique—such as a giant in-home movie theater—might do very little to your home’s resale value. In this regard, it’s always best to think about what additions other homes in your neighborhood have. You can also ask your real-estate agent for their opinion on how a unique room addition will affect your home’s resale value.
3. Consult an architect
Do you need an architect for an addition? The best thing you can do to eliminate frustrations when adding a room is to consult an architect. Once you know what room type you want and what your budget is, reach out to an architect that has experience with home-addition plans. They can help you create a design that matches your house and increases its resale value. Using a professional architect will also ensure your room plans are safe. When you sit down with a professional architect, they’ll give you a detailed estimate of how much it will cost when adding another room to your house. They’ll be able to work with you to come up with the perfect room addition, and you’ll be ensured there are no added costs when your room addition is complete.
Deciding what type of room addition you want, thinking about how your room addition will increase the resale value of your home, and consulting an architect are three easy initial steps you can take when starting your room-addition process. This simple approach will ensure you get going in the right direction.
Adding or renovating a kitchen
The kitchen tends to be the room that most homeowners want to update—and also one of the rooms that offers the best return on your investment if you plan to sell in the near future. Kitchen additions can really bring new life to your home. Not only will it make your daily life easier but it will also add to the value of your home. But in order to get the most out of your kitchen addition, it’s important to know what to expect—both the positives and the challenges. The more prepared you are, the less overwhelmed you’ll be throughout every step of the addition process.
- Expect more space
While this may seem obvious, the overwhelming majority of kitchen renovations are made to provide more space. But today’s use of a kitchen calls for designs much different than those that already exist in most homes. Modern kitchen-addition plans typically incorporate a large island with storage underneath and a free-flowing area between the kitchen, living room, and dining room. This open floor plan creates a kitchen that’s inviting and fun—a place for everyone to gather and enjoy. Your addition can be customized to meet your needs, and you can create more space without having to add significantly more square footage, which will save you money.
- Expect lots of options
From the countertop to the cabinets to the flooring and the appliances, thousands of different kitchen-remodeling ideas can be found at both your local design showroom and on the internet. You’ll have more new kitchen ideas than you ever expected, which can sometimes be overwhelming. The key to narrowing down your options is by creating goals. Write down a list of everything you want out of your new kitchen, whether it’s a professional-grade chef’s oven or an extra-capacity built-in wine refrigerator. Then once you have a clear idea of your must-haves, you can expand upon it and start to select the specific details. You can add as many features as you like and use any materials you want to create a customized addition that will add elegance and value to your home.
- Expect new appliances—and the cost that accompanies them
Your kitchen addition will undoubtedly call for new appliances, so be sure to incorporate them into your initial plans and budget. Modern appliances save space, are energy-efficient, and can make cooking so much easier. Refrigerators, freezers, stoves, and ovens do more than ever. There are even smart kitchens with appliances that respond to remote commands, so be sure to do your research and make your kitchen as modern as your budget allows. These appliances will make daily living easy and efficient, so you want to get your choices right.
- Expect construction
Do you need an architect for a kitchen addition? Kitchen additions, of course, always require construction, which means you’ll be without a working kitchen for a period of time. To make things go as fast and smooth as possible, we recommend hiring an experienced architect who works with experienced contractors. This type of professional will be able to give you an honest and accurate estimate of how long your additions will take—and will keep your contractor on schedule. This will allow you to plan properly and not be blindsided by unexpected delays or stops in construction.
- Expect zoning regulations
Zoning regulations and the need for permits aren’t always a given, but they’re more likely a necessity than not with home-addition plans. The best way to ensure you are building your addition according to local building code is to hire an experienced architect. They know exact regulations and work hand in hand with town officials who will be able to help you. You won’t have to worry about any unexpected issues, and your kitchen-addition process will be hassle-free.
Adding or renovating a master suite
Another popular choice is the master suite when adding another room to a house. A master suite is a great way to free up space in your home while also giving you more privacy and your kids and guests more freedom. After an experienced architect firm has helped you get complicated zoning issues out of the way, you should think about what you want to include in your master-suite addition. Most master suites include the following:
- An ensuite bathroom
An ensuite bathroom will make your master suite an amazing place. We recommend an ensuite bathroom with a standup shower and full-size or garden tub. Storage spaces, linen closets, single or double vanities, and mirrors can be customized to your needs and wants. The entrance door, windows, and lighting can be designed to your preferences as well. Color and tile schemes can be customized. Your bathroom can be as traditional or as modern as you’d like.
- Walk-in closets
Large, spacious walk-in closets can easily be included in your master-suite addition floor plans. Walk-in closets should have enough room for all of your clothes, shoes, and personal items. You can either design a large one for you and your spouse to share—or two individual ones. They should also be spacious enough for you to be able to easily get dressed, along with room for a chair or stool for you to sit down. A large mirror is another great addition. Everything you need to get ready for the day or night out can all be done in one spot.
- A sitting area
Your bed shouldn’t be the only place where you can relax. A sitting area gives you options. You can put a sofa and/or loveseats in your sitting area so that you can sit or lay down and relax—or read and do work. The choice is up to you. A sitting area is included in almost all modern master-suite layouts, and furniture can be selected to match your bedroom.
- An entertainment system
An entertainment system makes your master suite a place where you can enjoy music, television, and movies in private. You will love it because you’ll have more options—you won’t always have to share your home’s main entertainment room with your kids. You can include a flat-screen television with surround sound, and it can be placed in a position where you can see it from any part of your room. The surround sound can also be added to your bathroom for a nice added touch.
- An in-room office
A small in-room office creates a private space where you can work without worrying about being bothered or disturbed. Like a sitting-room addition and entertainment system, an in-room office gives you a second option. You’re no longer restricted to your home’s main office when you have a second one in your master suite. You can put a desk, chairs, file cabinets, a laptop or desktop, and more in your office without adding to your master-suite addition cost.
Getting your addition started
Hiring a skilled and experienced architect is the key to creating an addition that is everything you want and more. Zoning restrictions may be complicated with your home-addition plans, but they can be easily navigated by an architect who knows what they’re doing. Prime Draft Studio can help you figure it all out. Contact us today for a free one-on-one consultation.