Many homeowners get excited about the possibility of adding a room onto their house. Their excitement quickly fades away though when they become frustrated with all of the building logistics. But the truth is this: Adding a room onto 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 room-addition ideas 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 home additions that you can make:

  • 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 our 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
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 room additions. 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 your room addition will cost. 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. Remember, Prime Draft Studio is always here to help if you need it. You can contact us at any time to speak to one of our experienced architects.