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Home Additions: Get More Square Footage Without Moving

Many of our clients love their houses but simply need more room for various reasons, like an elderly parent is moving in, the family has grown so they need another bedroom, or the kids have graduated college and have moved back home and need their own space. Whatever the reason, a home addition can add more square footage (and value!) to your home without the hassle of uprooting the family from the neighborhood or school district that they love. Here are a few ideas to consider.

Use What You Already Have

While technically not an addition, finishing unused space you already have can give you the room you need. An attic can be turned into an additional bedroom, a playroom, or home office provided there is enough head room. A garage can be converted into an additional bedroom or, if it is single story and the foundation is solid, you can build UP to create new space above it. A detached garage can make an excellent in-law or teenager suite or be turned into a studio apartment that can be rented out in the future. And finishing a basement, like this one in Folsom (Right), can be used to add a small apartment, game room, gym, home theater, or extra bedrooms.


Bump Outs

Bump-outs are small home additions that literally bump out from an existing exterior wall. A bump out addition can give you additional space you need by allowing you to expand your kitchen, pantry or eating area, or give you the space for a bathroom, powder room, or laundry room.

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is just a trendy name for what most people call an in-law suite, granny flat, teen-suite, or guest cottage (we wrote about them last year). They have become more popular in recent years because they allow parents to “age in place” with their adult children instead of moving into an assisted living arrangement, saving both cost and worry for all involved. But they are also great for teenaged or adult children because it gives them their own space (which gives mom and dad some privacy) and then can be rented out once they move out.

Sunroom Additions

While you may already have a patio or porch, your family will likely get more use from a sunroom, especially if it is heated and cooled for year-round use. Sunrooms usually have lots of windows and are a great way to bring “the outdoors in” with lots of natural light and houseplants. They can be used for entertaining, as a family room, a dining space.

There are certainly other options and uses for home additions, but these are the most common and most popular. And a lot of what can be done depends on local building codes, the structural elements of the home, and additional needed preparations. To discuss whether a home addition is the right choice for your needs, feel free to contact us and set up an appointment. We are always more than happy to answer your questions about the pros and cons of a home addition and help you determine what works best for you and your needs.

Nick Kornea, President / Designer at Luxury Bath and Kitchens

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