When approaching a home addition project, it is often desirable to take an unconventional approach. Everyone tends to do things the same way, and houses end up looking the same or similar to each other because of it. Having a house that stands out from the crowd gives it character and reflects the unique personality of the owner or owners. It may also increase the resale value of the home, as well, as buyers enjoy houses with interesting features that aren’t found in the typical home. Buying a home with something unconventional about it makes buyers feel they are getting something special.
Here are four unconventional ways to approach a home addition project that will add unsurpassed charm, character, and appeal to any house.
1. Create a Unique Floor Plan
When adding a new room to a house, it is too easy to fall back on the typical square or rectangular room plan, but everyone has that kind of room. Making the room more interesting by building it around an unconventional floor plan adds instant intrigue, charm, and appeal to it.
Depending on where the room will be added and how much space is available for it, floor plans can be almost any shape. An L-shaped room works well for a bathroom, for example, as it gives a private corridor for the toilet to make it separate and hidden from the rest of the room.
Triangular shapes work well for living room and porch additions that will be facing the sun either in the morning or the evening, as glass can be the main component of the angular sides, providing a spectacular, bright view of the outside. Other interesting floor plan shapes include octagons, trapezoids, and star shapes, which work well for just about any room addition, especially if the owner of the house is a creative and somewhat whimsical decorator.
2. Mix Styles
If a house is built entirely in one particular architectural style, mixing it up with a completely different style with a room addition will give the house an eye catching look that can’t be denied. For example, putting a space age modern addition onto a colonial style farm house ensures the house gets noticed and that people become intrigued as to what is in the unusual looking room. Likewise, adding an old-fashioned clapboard frame addition to a tiny house built with shipping containers makes a similarly intriguing combination. The key is to find balance in the styles being mixed. They should not clash, but rather contrast nicely with each other in a non-gaudy way.
3. Allow the Addition to Be Obvious
The conventional way to add onto a house is to make the addition blend into the existing structure of the home. The idea is for the addition to look like it’s always been there. A lot of architects are taking a different approach these days. They are allowing the addition to be obvious, to display the evolution of the home.
If the addition is later added onto, this can be made obvious, as well. Eventually, one large room will exist that has two or more distinctive looks. It is almost like having two or more separate houses in one. The look it forms is fresh and energizing, and one that homeowners and buyers alike will undoubtedly find enjoyable to both look at and be in.
4. Make the Addition a Separate Mini-House
When adding a new office, bedroom, bathroom, or even family room to a house, a unique, unconventional way to approach it is to make it separate from the main house. An entire room can be constructed just off the main house, with its own entrance. It can even have a porch of its own, windows on all four sides, a skylight on the roof, and its own heating and cooling source.
Putting a small bathroom on it makes it a self-contained retreat, and the perfect place for anyone in the house to go when they need some extra privacy. It’s not an entire house, so it can be teated as an addition, but it feels like a special getaway for anyone who goes there.