Adding a room addition to your home can do a lot for both your family and your home; space and value are just two things that come to mind. But building a home addition is also one of the bigger home improvement projects you can undertake. What are the considerations you should make when sketching out your home addition plans? The number one thing to think about is location, location, location.
The first thing to think about is what the purpose of your room addition will be. Are you trying to create more living space? Do you want a master bedroom suite? Are you trying to fix the problem of a too-small kitchen or bathroom? Depending on what your goal is, some decisions will be made for you: if you want to expand a bathroom, you know that you’ll be working out from one of your current bathrooms. But other choices aren’t so cut and dry: if you want an extra bedroom, for example, you aren’t necessarily limited by plumbing or other extraneous factors. You might add on to a current bedroom, you might add another wing to the floor where most of the bedrooms already are, but you can also be creative. A guest bedroom that’s detached from the rest of the bedrooms, like on the main floor, may offer guests and family members some prized privacy.
Top to Bottom
You also want to consider whether your room addition will require roof or foundation work. Plenty of additions do, and it’s something that can be accomplished with the right team of general contractors. But if you don’t want to mess with the foundation or the roof, there are other options. Bump out additions, for example, conveniently build extra space off the side of your home. You’ll be limited on space for an addition like this, but if you aren’t looking to add an entire new living room to your home, this may be an option that works for you.
Making it Blend
Whether or not you expand your roof or foundation to support your room addition, you definitely want to make it blend. You want the new structure to look like it belongs with the rest of your house. Some homes use multiple types of material, such as part brick and part siding, and it’s best to consider what will be easiest to blend with your home’s current style. Consider how you’ll make your house look like one cohesive unit when choosing where your room addition will go.
Additions to homes can seem like a daunting task to a lot of homeowners. The good news is that Open Hand Remodeling is a company with home improvement contractors who are experts in the business of expanding your home, by one square foot or a thousand. If you live in Pasadena, take your home addition ideas to Open Hand: they’ll build on them.