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An Open Letter To Our Builders & General Contractors

home buildingLooking back at 2019 and years prior, we are tremendously thankful for all of the excellent general contractors and building companies with whom we have had the honour to collaborate on projects.  Without the experience of these professionals, our projects wouldn’t become a reality for our clients; clients for whom we are agents. And our business would have a short life.

Architects know very well drawings are not crystal balls that prophesize the future perfectly. To endeavour that they do is simply unrealistic. They are called plans for a reason; they represent what our clients would like to achieve, what the architect would like to design, what building codes are applicable to the project to keep everyone safe and are meant as a graphic collection of instructions to be tested and realized during the construction process. By nature, it is not plausible to execute a set of drawings 100% to a tee, as drawn, by a builder or anyone. The process of construction translates a drawn concept to reality; there will be instances that need to be readdressed by all parties involved in the project.  If all parties involved are on board with that process a happy environment and successful project will ensue.

Great builders have a ton of experience with how buildings and houses are put together. They continually expand their knowledge with the latest building techniques and available materials. During the course of building a specific project, they can identify information that is missing and, in many cases, know an alternative way to build a certain element. This is especially the case with architect’s drawings that were expedited in production for a variety of reasons; usually, because of the need to accommodate the client’s schedule or due to the professional fees they agreed to pay, leading to more instances of abbreviated information or details; though, not compromising safety of construction.

The best builders identify any additionally needed information and know to bring it immediately to the attention of the architect to provide an answer.  The architect’s answer is provided by certified sketch, letter or combination of both, whether the subject is about structural loads, roof eave details, window units, or any of the hundreds of areas from foundation to rooftop.

The design and building process is an on-going dialogue between architect and builder.  We rely on the relationships we have with builders so that a successful project can be realized and for our mutual clients to be happy. Similarly, builders rely on architects to be the ‘first responders’, main resource and professional expert in providing supplementary information, details, and sketches, so that nothing is left to assumption or answered from an unrelated source.

Thank you to all of our great GC’s and Builders! Couldn’t do it without you!

Looking forward to a great 2020 together.

Mike


Why Newly Built, Custom Homes Can Change Your Mind on What a House Can Be

To Buy or Renovate? When Architectural Remodeling is the Smart Choice for Your Family

Why Newly Built, Custom Homes Can Change Your Mind on What a House Can Be

photography by Lisa Russman

At some point, your home may stop feeling like your home meets all your needs, or it starts to look tired and rundown. At these crucial moments, every homeowner has to make the dreaded but important decision. “Should I buy a different house or renovate the one I own?” While buying or building something new makes sense in several situations, architectural remodeling may be the best choice for your family. Here’s how you can tell. 

Do You Have Enough Space?

While a growing family is often a reason to find a bigger house, it may be that your current home is big enough, but you are not utilizing the space well. Residential architects can help you reconfigure the floorplan of your home to keep the same footprint but add another bedroom or bathroom within the existing structure. These masters of architecture design are great resources for helping you use the space you have more efficiently, which can allow you to keep your home and avoid a costly move.  

Do You Love Your Current Location?

Many people want to stay in their current home and make it work with a renovation or remodel because they are happy with the location, love their neighbors, or are content with their current commute time. Location is always a leading factor in the search for a home, and if you’ve already checked that item off your wish list where you are, remodeling the space could be the best decision. When you renovate, you can make the choices that will turn your house into your dream home, giving you the flexibility to customize and make it yours. 

Does Your Current Home Offer Something Unique You May Not Find Elsewhere?

Sometimes, the deciding factor for staying put is that your current location offers something unique that no other home really can. Maybe you adore your view, appreciate the privacy your current lot affords you, or live very close to family members. These are factors that will be hard to replicate in a new home, so staying where you are and considering architectural remodeling of your current space is the best option for retaining these benefits. 

Have You Already Made Significant Improvements?

Moving to a new home may be exciting, but it brings a lot of unknowns, including how quickly you’ll need to make significant improvements, like a new furnace or roof. If you’ve recently invested in major projects such as these in your own home, staying where you are could alleviate a lot of unknowns. If your home is structurally sound, it can be much more economical to invest a little extra in a home remodeling project than to buy a different house. 

Do You Have the Time to Wait for Renovations?

Those who opt for an architectural remodeling project over moving will need to wait for all their home improvement projects to be finished before enjoying their new home. When you factor in the time it takes to pack and prepare for a move, sell your home, unpack, and fully settle, a home renovation may not take much less time, if you plan it well. If you choose to remodel the entire home, you may need to move out if you want to speed up the process. If you have time to wait for this to be completed and patience is a virtue you have, then waiting for your dream home will be worth it. 

Do the Disadvantages Outweigh the Benefits of a New Home? 

If you want to downsize, relocate, or really hate something hard to change about your current home, then building or buying a different house may be the better choice. Taking the time to consider these questions will help you explore your options and determine what is best for you and your family. 

 


Tips for Building a House When You’ve Never Owned a Home Before

Best House Designs for 2020: What the New Traditional Home will Look Like Soon

Tips for Building a House When You’ve Never Owned a Home Before

Photography by Lisa Russman

Traditional homes remain some of the most popular among homeowners today. While the traditional design has always meant the celebration of styles and architecture from many different periods, the updated traditional home of tomorrow will provide the perfect outlet to combine modern design features with those from other aesthetics and offer some of the best house designs for the upcoming year. 

What is considered to be traditional is actually a blend of many different styles and eras and often includes pieces from many periods. Most traditional decors, though, include matching furniture, heavy window treatments, many different patterns in one space, and the strategic use of saturated colors. What’s not to love? Modern traditional homes, though, have taken the best of this and combined it with cleaner lines, more function, and even bolder mixing of periods and textures to create an updated, fun, and elegant look. The best house plans for 2020 are eclectic, giving you the paramount of many styles and the opportunity to incorporate all that you love rather than feeling confined by one look. 

The Updated Great Room

While traditional architectural designs for houses usually embrace separation of spaces for specific purposes, modern families are clamoring for great rooms that combine eating and cooking areas with functional social spaces. Why not have both? The contemporary traditional style can still include open-concept design but delineate spaces using color, texture, flooring, and other design choices. Keeping lines clean and color palettes neutral will help tie everything together, but there’s nothing that says that your great room can’t still include a beautiful hutch for your dishes, an inlaid table where everyone can eat, and decorative light fixtures and elements that lend elegance and flair to your eating space. 

Traditional Meets Minimal in the Master Suite

While traditional interior design for the master suite would typically include multitudes of colors and fabrics, why not switch it up by combining the simplicity of a minimalist look with some exciting period touches? Create a monochromatic base by choosing carpet and wall covers that are neutral and nearly identical. Then, bring in punches of color and texture using traditional fabrics, rugs, window treatments, or wall hangings. Selecting pieces with varied patterns but a common color is a way to tie it all together. 

A New Take on Traditional Furnishings

In the past, having a traditional home meant lots of heavy, dark, and possibly dated furniture. Going in the opposite direction, a modern home lacks detail and may feel cold and uncomfortable for many. The happy medium, once again, is a new traditional design. With larger, more comfortable furniture that still has excellent lines and plenty of fun details, this new take on a classic gives you plenty of character and unique touches. 

The Window Treatment Gets a Pare-Down

We all remember the heavy, often dark, overly fussy window treatments of the past several decades. These types of curtains, swags, and valences are a surefire way to make any room look dated, but the traditional design still calls for the use of color or texture on the windows to add interest to your space. Roman shades with bold designs, funky curtains with sumptuous textures, or solid shades that hang from ornate rods are sufficient to block out the sun, give you privacy, and add the right elegant touch to your updated traditional space. 

Traditional Design Brings the Best Ideas Together 

When modern families combine to form new unions, second households, or blended units, that means that there is an opportunity to bring everyone’s favorite furniture and decorative pieces together and celebrate them all. By combining the best of all your extraordinary pieces, your home becomes a reflection of your life before, now, and for the future. The best traditional interiors are those that showcase many styles, which means everyone gets to keep something that they love when households combine.


Farmhouse Architecture and Interior Design- What You Need To Know To Achieve the Look You Love

Farmhouse Architecture and Interior Design: What You Need To Know To Achieve the Look You Love

Farmhouse Architecture and Interior Design- What You Need To Know To Achieve the Look You LoveThe modern farmhouse look has become quite trendy in the past several years, and while this style of design can have many variations, there are generally some key features that distinguish this from other forms of architecture and interior design. If you are remodeling or building a new home and want to achieve this new take on a classic look, then here’s everything you need to know. 

Architectural Design for Today’s Farmhouse Look

Among the architectural elements that are most commonly associated with the modern farmhouse, the gable roof is by far the most ubiquitous component. Unlike the hip roofs of many suburban homes, the gable roof has two sloping sides, often with a steep pitch that creates a 45-degree angle where they meet. Gables give your home height and drama, and when they are covered in metal roofing materials, as many modern farmhouses are, it is a dramatic effect. 

Tall, double-hung windows allow every room to enjoy plenty of natural light while still being reminiscent of your grandmother’s old house. The most common exterior choices for farmhouse design are board and batten or lap. With modern materials, including fiber cement, vinyl, and engineered wood, your options for colors and textures means you can customize your home’s exterior and stand out among the neighbors.

No farmhouse design would be complete without a porch. Front porches, back patios, and wrap-around verandas are all worthy options to complete the exterior design of your farmhouse. Be sure to hang a porch swing and create cozy, outdoor living spaces to ensure the entire family will be able to enjoy this impressive and functional part of your home. 

Interior Architecture Options for your Farmhouse Family

The farmhouse design has risen in popularity, in part because the style is more relaxed, family-focused, and embracing the chaos of daily life, much like today’s families. Entering into a house of this design feels warm and welcoming, and living inside allows you and your loved ones to enjoy the simple moments together. 

Layouts for a modern farmhouse generally revolve around the kitchen and eating spaces, with a great room design that can be customized to fit your needs. Because you want to take advantage of the natural light and outdoor spaces, as well, cozy nooks outside and large doors that lead to the porch are also common. 

The biggest draw for both the architecture and interior design of today’s farmhouses is that they are built for practicality, and choices are made based on function and usage, not just aesthetics. Furniture is comfortable and meant to welcome visitors, not leave people wondering if it’s okay to sit. Materials are natural and durable, meaning they can withstand whatever the kids or the furry family members can dish out.

But this form of architectural design isn’t stuffy, which means furniture doesn’t all have to match, you can choose different materials to define specific spaces, and everything is created to help all who enter feel at home. You can personalize your modern farmhouse with the vibe that speaks to you, including details that recall the Great Plains, a beautiful vineyard, or your ancestral home. 

Architectural Design that Combines The Best of Both Worlds 

The attractiveness of the modern farmhouse style is a story in combining opposites in subtle but effective ways. These homes offer the chance to integrate airy and dense, old and new, light and dark, natural and man-made. Those with minimalist leanings as well as anyone with a more traditional sensibility can find a way to bring different design elements together to create something they will love.


Breaking the NJ Architecture Rules with These Design Tips to Help Your Home Stand Out From the Pack

Master Bath Design Secrets Shared by Architects in NJ

Breaking the NJ Architecture Rules with These Design Tips to Help Your Home Stand Out From the Pack

Photography by Lisa Russman

Creating an inviting master bath is something you do for yourself, not guests or visitors to your home. Your master bath is an essential space in your home, enabling you to get your day started, providing a brief refuge from the daily grind, and giving you space for taking care of yourself when your batteries need a recharge. If you are considering a master bath redesign, here are some tips from an expert Architect in NJ to help you create the space you need. 

Start Each Day with Warmth

If you are building or remodeling your master bath, why not take advantage of this opportunity to install heated flooring in your space? No one likes cold tile on their feet early in the morning, and heated floors are practical as well as comfortable. When you heat from the bottom up, your space will feel warmer, and when your feet are toasty, the rest of you will feel cozy, too. Ask your New Jersey architecture specialist how to incorporate heated floors into your master suite. 

Tile Advice from NJ Architects 

Installing floor-to-ceiling tile is one way to transform a space from blah to high end, and you can achieve the look you want by picking stone, ceramic, or glass tiles that you love. When working with stone, you can opt to focus on just one or two walls rather than the entire space while leaving the other walls neutral, to bring out the natural beauty of the stone. Subway tiles are also a great choice, but you can get creative with grout colors, accent tiles, and layout patterns, too. An architect can be a second set of eyes to help you decide.  They are trained experts in design and functionality.

Create a Retreat Using Natural Elements

One way to improve the relaxation factor of your master bath is to integrate as many natural elements as possible into your indoor space. Natural light provides warmth while also making your bathroom an excellent home for plants and flowers. Using wood accents or details helps you connect with nature, and the more natural your space, the more likely your mind will be able to rejuvenate and focus on self-care. 

Get Creative with Lighting in Your Master Bath

Wall sconces, chandeliers, and pendant lamps aren’t just for the great room anymore. Your master bath needs plenty of supplemental light to create that welcoming effect after dark, too. Adequate lighting in this space is crucial, and there’s nothing that says you have to stick with traditional, around-the-mirror fixtures. New Jersey architecture firms are installing some interesting, funky, and functional light fixtures that create a beautiful statement in the master bath. 

Dual Vanities Means Dual Style

If you share your master bathroom with someone else, why not give each of you a space to call your own? Putting multiple vanities in a master bath is nothing new, but placing them in different parts of the room and incorporating distinct styles in each ensures that you both get the personal space you love. Make his countertop higher or yours lower, use different colors and materials or add other touches to customize each area. 

The Most Important Rule is That You are Comfortable

What is more apparent today than ever before is that, when it comes to the master bath or master suite, there really are no rules anymore. Because these are personal spaces in your home that are meant to meet your most intimate and private needs, the most crucial consideration is that it makes you comfortable and has everything you require. Throw out all your preconceptions about what a bathroom “should” be and create the one that gives you what you desire. Today’s master bath is breaking all the rules, so feel free to get creative when considering options for your next remodel or new home. 


Ready for Some Kid-Approved Ideas for Room Additions We’ve Got Them!

Ready for Some Kid-Approved Ideas for Room Additions? We’ve Got Them!

Ready for Some Kid-Approved Ideas for Room Additions We’ve Got Them!Adding on to your home is a significant investment. As a homeowner, you need to consider if your home addition plans will add value to your property. But, another crucial factor to consider is if your room addition will be valuable to your family. Is your new space creating areas that everyone will love? Sure, a new bathroom would be super helpful during that early morning crunch to get everyone to the bus, but what kinds of spaces would your kids really enjoy having?

Room Addition Ideas Your Kids Will Love

Room additions can serve lots of purposes, so how about one that is specifically geared toward your growing family? For starters, you and your kids can enjoy a game room together. Having a space to play electronic games, board games, pool, or other activities is an excellent idea for young and old. Game rooms do not need anything special in terms of the construction, and you can change the contents as your family grows and interests change. Include storage for board games, an entertainment center or computer station, plus comfortable seating, and you are ready to play! If you build it like an extra bedroom, you have increased the value of your home for future buyers, too. 

Younger kids would love to have an indoor adventure space for play. Creating a playroom for your small ones gives them room to be creative that does not interfere with the rest of the family space. And a place all their own means they can decide how to express themselves through their imaginations. Include extensive built-ins to wrangle the clutter and turn your playroom into a flexible space when guests come over. A Murphy bed is perfect for this type of area, which can double as a guest room from time to time.

Are your kids into hobbies? Or do they play musical instruments? Why not give them a room for their pastimes? Some hobbies require a lot of gear or equipment that you do not want taking up space in shared areas. Musicians will appreciate a room where they can practice without disturbing the whole house and a place to store their instruments. And the rest of the family will appreciate any soundproofing you install!

Why not think outside the box (literally) and add an outdoor living area to your home for the whole family to enjoy? While technically not an addition, outdoor living spaces do add livable square footage to a house and are becoming more sought after by buyers. Give the kids something they will love, like a treehouse, playhouse, or play area, and include a fire pit and outdoor kitchen for the whole family to enjoy. 

Finally, if your kids are getting a little older, what they really want is a space to hang out with their friends, watch movies, and chill. Adding a teen space as a room addition can be as simple as finishing your existing basement, but you could also add a room over your garage or build an outdoor studio or shed in your yard. Once your kids are gone from the house, these spaces can turn into places for your personal hobbies, guest quarters, or even a room to rent to tenants or travelers. 

Do Your Home Addition Plans Meet the “Kid” Test?

Remember: room additions do not have to be dull and stodgy, so get creative when considering home addition ideas. Ask your kids what kinds of spaces would make their lives better and be willing to hear what they have to say. After all, they live there, too!


Opt for an Interior Design that Creates Flexible Home Work Space

Opt for an Interior Design that Creates Flexible Home Work Space

Opt for an Interior Design that Creates Flexible Home Work Space

Photography by Lisa Russman

While the trend toward fully remote or part-time work-from-home jobs is rising, the home office is also enjoying a revival of sorts in the design world. Interior design plans from the past several years have seen a decrease in dedicated home office space. As interior design and use of space have evolved, homeowners are looking to make better use of flexible spaces for work, play, and family activities. 

New homes increasingly have open-plan layouts that allow for flexible use of shared spaces, which can be utilized in many ways by those who work from home. And because homes are getting smaller, forgoing a dedicated office frees up valuable square footage to devote to other family priorities. 

Home Design Plans That Create Flexible Space
For many people who work away from the office, all they need is a place to sit, a reliable internet connection, and their thoughts. This can easily be accomplished in a wide variety of settings, including some away from home, like your local cafe, library, or park. Those with a more flexible workflow may decide that all they need at home is a desk to store documents and manage the clutter, or a place they can use from time to time for phone calls or video chats. 

In instances where you still want a dedicated space to work but do not necessarily need an entire room, a home office nook is becoming a popular trend. Everything from secluded corners to larger landings to space under the stairs can be enlisted to serve work needs. Or, how about repurposing the wardrobe your daughter has outgrown as a workspace? All you need is 20 square feet (or less), and voila! Instant office.

For couples that co-work as well as cohabitate, creating a shared workspace can be space-saving. And at the end of the workday, kids can also use this same space to practice music, do homework, or work on hobbies or crafts. A large island or farmhouse table, dedicated shelves or storage bins, and lots of outlets for portable electronics will suit everyone’s needs. 

When you need to be able to transition from work mode to family time quickly, hideaway or convertible furniture is a good choice. By day it is a desk, but after school, it folds away into a bookshelf or cupboard. You have the benefit of a space to call your own when needed which isn’t a permanent structure in your home.

When your home is small and bustling with noise from pets, kids, and media players, it is helpful to have a retreat that you can use from time to time to gather your thoughts, too. Some couples are embracing an office nook inside the master suite, which allows the adults to work in private while the kids have free reign of the rest of the home. This is the perfect interior design plan for when your teens and their friends seem to be everywhere all the time. 

The Future of Home Office Interior Design
As the generation of Millennials increasingly become homeowners, and the older generations reach retirement age, a different population is dictating home design trends. The rise of the gig economy, the ability to work from anywhere you have a reliable WIFI signal, and the shifting demands of “work” in general all have redefined what it means to “work” and “work from home.”  

The most important advice you can consider is to make sure that your home office space, whatever it may be, meets your needs and those of the others in your family. That’s your most important priority.


Tips for Building a House When You’ve Never Owned a Home Before

Tips for Building a House When You’ve Never Owned a Home Before

Tips for Building a House When You’ve Never Owned a Home Before

Photography by Lisa Russman

So, you are a first-time homebuyer, AND you want to build your own home? When you are sure that you are ready to become a homeowner, building your perfect home may be the best choice for you. While the process of building can be a bit different than buying a pre-owned home, it does not have to be scary. Knowing the most important things to consider when designing a house will help, which is why we have compiled this concise list of tips for building a house as a new homeowner.

Home Building Tips for First Time Homeowners

1. Do Your Research
If you have never owned a home before, you may not know what options are available or which type of design elements suit you. Start by looking at lots of houses. While online research is a great starting point, it is often much more beneficial to walk through homes, to feel what it is like to be in these spaces. Visit open houses and ask friends whose homes you admire to poke around a bit. Look for layouts you like, design ideas that catch your eye, and details that interest you. Take photos and keep a detailed list of your thoughts. The clearer you are about what you are looking for in each room of your new home, the easier it is for your residential architect to help you create a design that works for you.

2. Consider Your Needs Now — and For Later
The home you are building will last for decades, so you don’t only want to think about what you might want right now. Are you planning to start a family, or will your family someday get larger? Do you have lots of out-of-town guests, do you entertain a lot, or will you eventually need to care for an aging parent? All of these are factors that you can plan for when you initially envision your home. The list of things to consider when designing a house includes much more than your current lifestyle and needs, which is why creating a home with flexible spaces or the option to add on later could be necessary for some people. 

3. Hire the Right Pros
Building your first home is not the time to go it alone or figure it out along the way. Hiring a residential architect and, later, a contractor will be two important decisions you make when building your first home. These experts will be able to guide the process and give you the best advice on building a new home. Building a house is an immense undertaking, so you must have the best guidance possible. 

4. Plan, Plan, and Plan Some More
The most successful home builds and satisfied homeowners are the result of careful planning before construction even begins. Your architect will work with you to plan for the layout of your home on your lot, where the windows and doors will be, and how many square feet you will have. But these are just the basics. Get out your big list of design ideas (see Step 1) and start planning for all the details of your new home. Lighting, flooring, outlets, switches, flow, storage… everything needs to be concretely decided. Your contractor (and your budget) will thank you when you do not need to make changes after construction has started. 

Building a home is an exciting time that gives you many choices and allows you to create a house that meets your needs. And as first-timers, you have a lot to be excited about! Enjoy the process and be willing to listen to the advice of others, and you will end up with a home you adore!


Why the Open Kitchen Design is Here to Stay

Why the Open Kitchen Design is Here to Stay

Why the Open Kitchen Design is Here to Stay

Photography by Lisa Russman

There are always design trends that come and go, but some seem destined to remain a part of the design landscape. The open kitchen is one design trend that has a long history and is not going anywhere any time soon. Why is this design so popular? And what are the best new open kitchen design ideas being used? And what do we mean, exactly, by “open kitchen” anyway? 

What is an Open Kitchen Layout?
In general, open-concept spaces, whether they be a kitchen or another room, are defined by their elimination of barriers that separate them from other functional areas of the home. In most houses, the open kitchen combines with a dining area, a living room, the outdoors, or some other configuration of space that allows the family to be together whether they are eating, meal prepping, cleaning, or doing other activities. Today’s open kitchen design is often the heart of the “great room,” which usually is some mash-up of a family/living room, eating area, kitchen, and possible other multi-purpose spaces. 

Why this Design Trend Has Lasted
One of the reasons the open kitchen evolved is because the notion of formal dining spaces has been replaced by less-formal, more family-friendly and social-friendly rooms. Families today want comfortable cooking spaces that allow them to interact with others, and the open kitchen is perfect for keeping an eye on homework while preparing lunches or for chatting with your little ones while you clean up after dinner. 

The open floor plan is also favored by those who like to entertain, providing a casual but connected feeling that invites people to enjoy your home and feel at ease. As home footprints are decreasing in size, the open kitchen layout and great room model makes even more sense, as rooms serve many different functions throughout a given day. 

The Latest in Open Kitchen Design Ideas
One of the problems with having an open-concept kitchen is the need to keep it clean and tidy, especially when you are entertaining. When you can see the kitchen from every part of the great room, it becomes a necessity to have space for messes, food prep, and other tasks you do not necessarily want the world to see. Walk-in pantries, butler’s pantries, and other “behind the scenes” areas are perfect for maintaining the open-concept feel while keeping clutter or prep work out of sight as well as out of reach of little fingers.

Many modern open kitchens are also doing away with upper cabinets, which allows you to have more windows, decorative design pieces, or open shelving. With innovations in lower cabinetry, including much more practical use of drawers and shelves that maximize every inch of space, and as more people are learning to live with less, the added storage is not as necessary as it once was. Sometimes called an “unkitchen,” which is characterized by a lack of upper cabinets, your open kitchen may have no built-in cabinets at all, and a feeling much more akin to a living room than a standard kitchen.

Instead of linking your open kitchen to the family room, why not consider opening it up to the backyard, a wall of windows, or a sunroom? If you live in a climate where your outdoor space can be used a good portion of the year, why not make it part of your living and cooking area? And a sure way to get more use from your yard is to link it directly with your kitchen. You will get the benefit of more natural light as well as an open kitchen that changes with the seasons. 

What’s next in open kitchen design ideas? The sky seems to be the limit, but one thing remains clear. The open kitchen layout is here to stay.


We Uncover The Best Room Additions to Add Value and Livability to Your Home

Wonder No More! We Uncover The Best Room Additions to Add Value and Livability to Your Home

We Uncover The Best Room Additions to Add Value and Livability to Your Home

Photography by Lisa Russman

Our lives are always changing, and sometimes, our homes need to change with us to make them more livable. So, which room additions are going to give you the most bang for your buck? And what home addition ideas can increase your home’s value while also giving you the square footage you need? While you have many options when choosing home addition plans, not all will be a good investment for your family. Here are the best room additions to add value and livability to your home. 

Add a Bathroom
In terms of livability and value, adding a bathroom is often your best choice. If you don’t have enough bathrooms in your home, it can significantly influence your resale value, and no one likes to be the one standing on the other side of a locked bathroom door. 

You can sometimes find the space you need for an additional bathroom by “stealing” from other parts of the home, but adding a new room or bumping out an existing one to gain square footage is also an option. A full-size bathroom with a tub can add at least 35 square feet to your home, but imagine the peace and comfort that space will bring to you and your family!

Adding a bathroom will vary widely in costs depending on your materials, the size, whether you need to pour any additional foundation, and a number of other factors, but you can expect to recoup the majority of these in the increased value of your home later one. Talk with your residential architect about your options for adding one to your home. 

Expand the Master Suite
If your home is older or does not include a master suite, then adding on to this part of your home could not only increase your home’s value but also allow you to create the serene getaway you crave. Master suites were not standard in previous decades, but new home buyers expect large closets, ensuite facilities, and plenty of room in their primary bedroom. 

If you are just adding to the bedroom, a master suite expansion can be relatively inexpensive. If you start adding or moving a bathroom, prices can start to rise. But often, just bumping out one wall a few feet and rearranging the space inside is enough to give you the luxurious master suite you long for. 

Extend Your Kitchen
When it comes to your return on investment, it’s hard to go wrong with a kitchen expansion. As the hub of any family home, the kitchen is used daily and becomes the gathering spot for everyone, even the family pet. When your kitchen is small or lacks sufficient storage or counter space, it affects the livability of your home every day. By extending your kitchen, you not only increase your enjoyment and the usability of this room, but future buyers will appreciate it as well. 

Depending on the state of your current kitchen and the size of the expansion, costs for a kitchen upgrade can vary widely. Costs for building a 200 square foot addition that is to be all kitchen  can range from $100,000 to $200,000+, but the good news is that investment will also increase your home’s value significantly if you make smart choices. Gutting an existing kitchen and renovating the space into a new kitchen is a great way to increase home value. It also responds to the way families live today; what was a space meant for one person a hundred years ago is now meant for multiple cooks and their family and friends to hang out. The cost to renovate a kitchen in its current footprint is usually around 10% of what the house would list at in the market. Working with a residential architect will help you make the best choices for your family as well as for the lasting value of your home. 

Make the Right Choice for You
Understanding which room additions can improve your home’s resale value is essential, but if you plan to stay in your home for some time, it is more vital that you make decisions based on your family’s needs, because livability has value, as well. A residential architect can advise you on all your options for home addition plans that give you the square footage you need while also protecting your investment.