8 Great Ideas for Adding Additional Space to Your Home

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Are you thinking about adding more space to your home? Maybe you don’t know where to start or maybe you have a good idea of what you want. A home renovation can be hard on the pocket, but it is a good way to improve the value of your home and also give you additional space so that your family can be more comfortable.

If you have been bouncing around some ideas but are not sure exactly what you want to do based on the space that you have and the budget you are working with, here are some tips that will help you come to a decision.

 

Enclosing Your Patio

Enclosing your patio is one option you should consider when thinking about adding space to your home. You will need to put on a wall and a roof but it can still be affordable. You will also need to purchase beamers, timber joists, and other roofing materials to make the roof sturdy.

It all depends on how big of an enclosure you want. If you have a large patio you don’t have to enclose all of it, you can enclose a portion and then leave the rest. 

Expand the Garage

If your garage is unfinished then targeting it as a project is a great way to add extra space to your home. You can finish off your garage by adding wiring, wallcovering, and insulation.

A garage that is finished can be used as a workshop, a small home office, or even a den. Another popular option for adding space to a home is building on top of the garage. If your foundation can handle it then building on top of your garage is a great idea.

Many people have their home offices in this space or you can turn it into a guest room if you want to. Before you add a room on top of your garage you need to check your building codes and zoning ordinances in your area. The last thing you want to do is run amok with the law, but since the foundation is already in place you will save a lot on construction.

If building over the garage doesn’t appeal to you you can do what is called a “bump-out”. A bump out of the garage means adding on a small space or extension in the garage. It doesn’t have to be very large but it should provide reasonable additional space.

 

Expand Your Kitchen

If you have a small kitchen it is usually worth your time to expand it. This is especially true if you plan to sell the home in the future. The kitchen is one of the most eye-catching spots in the home when people are looking to purchase a property.

In fact, many real estate agents will tell you that people immediately make a beeline for the kitchen whenever they are viewing a home. This means that you cannot lose by expanding a small kitchen. Not only will it provide comfort for you but it’ll make your home more attractive should you decide to sell. 

As part of your kitchen remodel you should consider adding a pantry. Adding a pantry will free up space in the kitchen and you will not have to store as much food in your cupboards.

 

Add a Dormer to Your Attic

One of the simplest and easiest expansions that you can do that will add value to your home as well as space is to add a dormer in an attic that is cramped. A dormer will add headroom to your attic. This makes it easier to convert it into an extra bedroom, or even a home office.

The windows that will be added to the dormer will add natural light to the attic and provide a lot of fresh air, not to mention you will get a stunning view of treetops and even the sky. A new dormer looks good from the outside of your home and in the end, this is sure to enhance your curb appeal and the resale value of your home as well. 

You do not necessarily have to add a dormer to an attic in order to finish it. This is just one idea, you can do a regular refurbishing of your attic if you want an extra living space in your home.

If you fix it up nicely and get it properly insulated there is no end to what you can do with your attic. Many people turn a refurbished attic into their guest bedroom or their children’s playroom. What you do with the attic is completely up to your imagination but if you do it right it can become a cosy and comfortable part of the home.

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Create a Wrap-around Deck

If you have a deck on your home you can enclose it, and add heating and other amenities that will make it feel like a part of the home. A deck that you wrap around can be used for a variety of purposes.

It is best to have a vision in mind of what exactly you want to use the enclosed deck for before you start the project. This will help you to decide what you should add and what you can overlook. 

A deck that is wrapped around properly will officially be considered a part of the square footage of your home. This is a big plus should you wish to sell the home since you will be able to increase your sale price.

 

Add a Second Story to Your Home

One of the more popular ways to add an additional room to a home is to add another story to the house.  Before you add another story to your home you need to make sure that the foundation can sustain the additional weight.

It is best to have your building contractor come in or do a home inspection so that you can know how sturdy the foundation of the home is. Depending on the type of home that you have, you may be able to have the additional story constructed off the property and then attached to the home.

This will prevent you from having to live through construction which is not only noisy but can cause additional dust and debris to filter into your home. 

Of course, there is nothing wrong with going the traditional route of having construction done on the premises. You will just have to know how to adjust to it and work with your contractor, especially if you cannot find alternative living arrangements while the construction is being done. 

 

Finishing Your Basement 

Finishing your basement is one of the easiest ways to add space to your home. If you currently have a basement that is not finished you should definitely consider refurbishing it so that you can turn it into a room. 

It really doesn’t take much for you to make the basement a little more homely. A lot of people add bathing areas and small kitchenettes to their basement in order to finish them.

 

A House Bump Out

The garage is not the only place where you can add a bump-out. A bump-out can be added to create an extra bathroom or even an extra room. 

Bump-outs are a great way to add space to an existing room or to put on amenities such as a bathroom or just extra space to an existing room. They are cost-effective and do not detract from the decor of the home.

If the bump-out that your planning is not too complicated it can become a real asset to your home. The great thing about bump-outs is that normally you will not have to interfere with other rooms in order to create it. 

If you are considering doing this to your bathroom you need to take a close look at what you currently have and then make a plan to expand in a way that is as uncomplicated as possible, especially if you are on a budget.

Aside from the bathroom one of the best places to do a bump-out is on a room that is directly facing the road. It is especially convenient if you have a big front yard. Expanding the room, in this case, is simple and if you do it right can add aesthetic value to your home in addition to resale value.

 

Start Expanding

Adding extra space to your home is one of the best things you can do to increase the comfort of your family as well as increase the value of your home. Before you get started you should sit down and decide where exactly space is needed. 

After that, you should take a close look at your budget in order to come to a decision about what kind of expansion you want to do on your home. Make sure that you know exactly what will be done because it is not hard for a simple expansion to turn into a huge project that you never envisioned. 

Speak with your contractor in detail ahead of time so that there are no misunderstandings. Make sure that you are on the same page in terms of your vision for your expansion. 

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