The idea of a bonus room connotes something extra, a space on top of what you might need in a home. Simply put, this is exactly what you get from adding a bonus room. When you arrange to build the bonus room, you get more than just extra square footage that someone else put in without a thought for your needs. You get a specialty room that solves many problems in your existing home without having to undergo a major renovation. It improves the function of your home and your resale value, as well.

Types of Bonus Rooms
There are a few different types of bonus rooms that you can consider during the initial planning stages. Bonus rooms can be rooms that are added onto the home, or rooms that have been converted from an unfinished space (e.g. attic or basement). In either case, the bonus room should be built as structurally sound as the rest of the house, so that the space is equally as comfortable, useful and safe. You may need to make additional considerations about wiring, plumbing and insulation, but it is worth it to ensure that your bonus room is a delight for you and your family.

Room of Your Dreams
Who could not use a little more space? Having a room where you can finally just relax and restore yourself is really important for your well-being. Even better, the bonus room allows you to think outside the box a little bit. A bonus room is not simply another guest bedroom where you hide clutter during holiday parties. Rather, this is your opportunity to create the library, man cave, entertainment room or home theater of your dreams. It is uniquely yours.

Improved Home Value
The value that a bonus room adds to your home will depend largely on the type of addition you are making. If you are converting an attic room or basement room to become a proper bedroom, or adding an entirely new room that could function as a bedroom, you will reap a benefit that may be as much as tens of thousands of dollars. Remodeling Magazine notes that an attic bedroom can increase your home’s value as much as $40,000. Bonus rooms without proper windows or doors may not add the same kind of value, so be sure to consider these factors when planning the design of your bonus room.

Extra Comfort
It is hard to put a monetary value on your extra comfort. However, a bonus room can really improve your life by simply giving you a little more room to breathe. If you have a small home with minimal storage options, the bonus room can solve this problem. A home with a tiny living room can use a bonus room as the congregating place for larger families, or when guests come to visit. In this way, adding a bonus room may make you more content with your current home, instead of having to think about buying a larger home.

Modern Upgrades
Unless your current home is really new, there are a few parts of it that are probably outdated or obsolete. This is your chance to make the bonus room what you really want it to be. Do you want to add a home theater with a kitchenette in the corner for making snacks? This is not a problem. You can add all the modern upgrades that will make your home the envy of the neighborhood.

When you need a little more space in your home but you do not want to buy a new house, adding a bonus room might be the perfect answer. With added space and comfort, you can turn the design of a bonus room into a place that makes your home fit better into your life.

Once you know how a bonus room can be useful for your family, it’s time to decide what kind of bonus room you actually want. Deciding what to add to your current space is an exciting journey—but it can also be stressful if you don’t know what type of room will work best for your family’s needs. You have to decide if you want more room to entertain, relax, work, play with the kids, or some combination of many things. No matter what your needs are for your new space, here are some ideas for how to use the extra bonus space that both you and your spouse will love:

Sunroom
A sunroom is a great addition if you’re thinking about adding on to your home. Although it will be an investment to build, you’ll save on a lot of expenses that you’d need to consider in any other home addition, such as plumbing, insulation, and even wall décor. Sunrooms are also great for storing things that you use outside and might not want to keep in the rest of your home, such as sports equipment, gardening tools, pet products, camping equipment, and more. Plus, a sunroom is a unique feature that allows you to enjoy the sunshine and the great outdoors from the comfort of your own home, whether you’re relaxing, reading, playing, enjoying a meal, or anything else!

Home theater
Whether you’re adding on to your house or trying to decide what to do with the space you currently have, a home theater is a great addition that never goes out of style. Home theaters aren’t for everyone, but if you’re a movie buff or you just want a comfortable place to entertain, it’s definitely an idea worth considering. It’s perfect for a date night for just the two of you, for hosting friends, and for a fun night for the whole family.

Home office
This is a great multi-use space that you can easily repurpose to serve your needs later on. If you work from home, having a designated room as your home office is a great way to physically and mentally separate work from personal or family time. Or if you want a place for kids to do homework with minimal distractions or just need a quiet space to be productive from time to time, a home office is a perfect room to get things done. A home office can also double as a home library and can be a great way to store books, documents, a movie collection, and more effectively and efficiently.

Game room
A game room is a great way to mix things up and create a space just for having fun! Whether you’re more into board games or billiards, game rooms are great for entertaining and for having a fun night in with your spouse and/or the whole family. Designating a game room is a great way to store things like games, toys, sports equipment, and more without having it take over your whole home. Plus, if you have kids, it’s a good strategy to separate playtime from chores, work, or mealtimes, and having a designated space for playing can help keep the rest of the house a little less cluttered.

There are a lot of ideas out there for exactly what to do with your extra bonus room space. Before you decide fully on one concept, make sure to decide with your spouse what you want to get out of your new space. From there, you can make a decision together about what type of bonus room is perfect for your entire family. If you have any questions about adding a bonus room to your home or would like to discuss your next project, please contact us today!

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