Room additions make a very good solution when you have a need to expand and house that is too small for your needs or when you feel something is missing from the current style or size of house. But adding the extra square footage to your home is not something that you can just tack away and expect good results, the room addition should be a process that is well thought though for the best results to be achieved. With the help of reliable and knowledgeable contractor you should be able to get your desired results with the addition.
Tip 1 – Explore all possible options
If what you are looking for is more space in your home, remember that a room addition is not the only solution there is. You can consider other options such as converting spaces that are under-utilized, finishing the attic or basement, removing some interior walls and eliminating square footage that is wasted. You can also think of converting your garage if necessary to solve the issues at hand. These are some of the options that can solve your problem without the need for you to go into a room addition project. You can however still go ahead with the addition in case you feel these options do not get you what you are looking for.
Tip 2 – Purpose of the addition
The room addition will simply be a new room that is added to your house. When thinking of this, decide whether it will be a dining room, family room, sun room or a conservatory. When you know what exactly you are creating, you will be able to make the best decisions with the design or the room as well as the materials that are most suitable for what you have in mind. Do not get into a project blind otherwise you could end up creating a room that does not add much value to your home.
Tip 3 – Plan the build
Additions can be of any given size or shape and you can have yours built in any direction that you choose. Because you already have a purpose for the bump out, choose a design that works for the space you have available and space that you need for the addition. Your contractor should be able to help you come up with the best plan to demolish where necessary and also in choosing the best places on your house for the bump outs. An addition that is well-planned out is always easy to nail so work closely with your contractor and have your needs and expectations clearly known.
Tip 4 – Choose materials wisely
Whatever you do, make sure that the room addition looks as part of your original home structure. The foundation and roof should be extended and the finishing integrated to the home. Operational systems around the home also need to be extended to the addition. Let the windows, doors and finishes and even the siding match the original structure so it is hard to tell the difference.