If you’ve outgrown your current space, a home addition makes for the perfect solution. Fortunately, additions can be an extremely cost-effective way to add value to your home as well as functionality. You should consider the addition as an investment, and in order to do this, you must make sure it includes the three following aspects.
First and foremost, your home addition should be versatile, meaning it should serve several purposes. For instance, adding additional sitting space to your living room is a great way to add a guest room, as well. Simply put a couch with a sleeper in the finished addition and you’ve automatically added a sleep area for guests. You must remember that even though you may have a primary purpose for the addition right now, things might change over the years, so make sure the room can be used for various reasons.
One of the simplest ways to ensure your new home addition will be versatile is to make it have an open floor plan. Whether you’re adding on a wet room next to the outdoor swimming pool or an extra bedroom for the newest (human) addition to the family, the room needs to be open. This way, when the purpose of the room needs to be changed years down the road, all you’ll need to do is switch out the decor and room accessories.
Heating and Cooling
If you’re going to invest in an addition to your home, at least make sure that it includes heating and cooling. You’ll want the room to be well insulated as this not only improves heating and cooling efficiency but it also helps eliminate other pesky problems like pests.
An excellent way to boost both heating and cooling efficiency within the new addition is by installing several windows in it. Preferably, you’ll want these positioned in a way that when opening one of them in the addition and another in the rest of your home, the air from outside will help circulate and improve air flow throughout the entire house.
If you prefer for the new addition not to have heating and cooling, simply install the proper HVAC hookups and don’t use them. This way, if you choose later on that you want heating and cooling in the room, you can easily connect it. Sunrooms are an excellent example of a home addition that you would sometimes want heating and cooling and sometimes not.
The new home addition should be carefully designed. If it doesn’t add appeal and value to the home, you should consider a different design. And don’t be fooled into thinking that the addition has to be built onto the side of the home where people can see it. There are many additions that look just as good built onto the back of home, hidden out of view from people passing by.
Value doesn’t only come from adding on a second story to make your house look bigger from the street. If and when you get to where you want to sell your house, the real value will be on how people experience your home from the inside.
Do keep in mind that in order to add value to the home in the least expensive way, the home addition should extend off the first floor. Plus, this type of addition usually provides the least path of resistance in terms of tearing down walls and retrofitting the current structure and layout of the home.
Your next home addition will go much more smoothly if you incorporate the above mentioned aspects into the project. Most importantly, though, remember that a qualified design specialist will be of the utmost value.