4 reasons you gotta stop putting off your home additionAre you thinking about adding onto your home. Building a room addition is a great investment. It gives you more space for your family, which eliminates the need to move into a bigger home. You can completely customize the space to your specifications, and adding square feet increases your home’s value.

Upgrade without Moving

When most families purchase their first home, they save for a down payment and look for a home they can afford. This usually results in the family purchasing a smaller home in a good neighborhood that meets their current needs. However, as families grow, home-based businesses are started and new hobbies are developed, that same family may find themselves out of room.

Most families opt to move when they run out of space. However, moving requires searching for a new home, selling the current home and packing and moving. If the family has kids, moving often means enrolling the children in a new school. For the adults, moving usually means a change in the work commute.

Home additions can be added from virtually any angle. Most homeowners choose to add onto the back of their homes, but additions can be added onto any side of the home, providing there is enough land.

More Square Footage

Starter homes are often advertised as being cozy, which is real estate speak for small. These homes often contain two or three small bedrooms, one bathroom, a small kitchen and living room. While these homes are typically very affordable and can give new families time to save money and improve their lifestyle, couples and small families often find themselves out of space within a few years.

Thankfully, a well-planned home addition can correct the square footage problem. Kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms can often be expanded. New bedrooms, bathrooms and master bedroom suites can be added, and for adventurous families, second stories can be added onto single story homes. In fact, every single aspect of an existing home can be changed. It is possible to turn your existing home into your dream home.

Custom Living Space

Building onto your home gives you control over your living area. When you purchased your current home, you likely made compromises in order to find something that you could afford. A home addition can be constructed according to your exact specifications, giving you complete control over your living area. Imagine having a master bath with a jacuzzi tub and a tiled, walk in shower in your master bathroom. You can also build a completely custom office for your home based business. If you like to cook, imagine building your dream kitchen. All of these things are possible with a carefully crafted home addition.

To aide you in creating your custom home addition, you may want to consider hiring an architect. A professional architect can help you design a home addition that flows with your current floor plan while adding valuable square footage. Architects can also offer helpful ideas for your home addition, and they can design with a specific budget in mind. The design and drawing phase also allows you to make changes before construction starts, which can save you time and money.

Increased Resale Value

Even if you have no plans to move, adding square footage to your home can increase your home’s value. If you add an attic bedroom, you can expect to receive about 72 percent of the construction costs upon the sale of the home. Adding a second bathroom can increase your home’s value by 20 percent, and you can usually recoup your entire investment when you expand and upgrade your kitchen.

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