4 tips for adding a bonus room the right wayAdding a bonus room to your home can increases its square footage and thus its value. Adding a bonus room the smart way, with methodical planning and in partnership with experts, can help ensure that your bonus room is everything you want it to be, and so much more. Following these tips will help.

Craft a Budget

This is the first and most critical part of adding any room or undertaking any remodel in your home. Your budget for your home improvement project will literally shape the scope of your project. The amount of money you have to work with can determine the size and location of the room, the materials that you’ll be working with, the size of your team of workers you can work with. Your budget will even determine whether or not you go forward with the project at all.

You can’t hire an architect or a contractor until you know whether or not you have enough money to move forward with your remodel. Once you’ve picked your architect and contractor, your team of professionals will need to know the budget for your project to ensure that they can work within your financial boundaries. Knowing your budget from the beginning will get you off to the right start.

Assemble a Smart Team

The architect and contractor that you hire for your project will ultimately determine the quality and success of your addition. Here are a few tips for finding the right professionals:

  • Look at their portfolios. Ask specifically to see pictures of bonus rooms and home additions that each professional has worked on in the past.
  • Interview each candidate personally. Ask each candidate how he or she would move forward with your bonus room addition, how he or she would help you stay within your budget, and what his or her timeline for completing the project would be.
  • Read online reviews for each candidate. Reviews should be taken with a grain of salt, but you should still look them over for each person you think about hiring.
  • Check the BBB records for each professional. This is a good way to find out how established each professional is in his or her field and how he or she handles complaints.

Keep It Flexible

The beauty of a bonus room is that the purpose of the room remains flexible. Perhaps the bonus room will be used for a family space, or a bedroom, or a home office, or a sewing room. Whatever your intended purpose for the bonus room, focus on keeping that room flexible and available to be whatever kind of room that future occupants might want.

Avoid adding specialized features that will greatly limit the functionality of the room. For example, avoid putting any built-in desks, or lining the walls with wall-to-wall book shelves. Adding these features will solidify the room’s purpose as an office space, not a bonus room.

Add Finishing Touches to the Space

Although you’ll want to avoid establishing the purpose of the room by adding features like those described above, you can always add finishing touches like crown molding, a window seat, chair rails and other little architectural details that add to the beauty and functionality of the room. These features, while some of them might add some usefulness or extra value to the space, are less likely to dominate the room or limit the usefulness of the room. Work with your architect to install these details.

When it’s time to add your bonus room, follow this advice. Start with your budget, assemble a team of professionals, and go from there. Hopefully following these tips, you’ll love your bonus room and it will be everything you want it to be, and more.


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