Your home should change as your life changes. Maybe you get married and have kids. Maybe you decide to get dogs or cats. Maybe you take up a new hobby. Whatever that life change is, your old home can’t meet your current needs. So it makes sense to think about home additions. These additions can be as grand as an entire second floor and a greenhouse or as minor as a bump out to your kitchen or bathroom.
Why would upgrading your home be a good option for you?
- Allows for more space
More space is always better when you own a home. Additional space allows for more flexibility and you can add it wherever you need it. You can add more space to make a room bigger or add another section in your house, or for storage, you can never have too much space.
This can also make family gatherings more convenient. You can invite relatives and friends to stay over. An extra guest room or an extra bathroom can make more people in your life comfortably stay over your place.
- Ideal for a growing family
A growing family requires a growing home. An extra guest room is nice, but when it comes to your family, an extra room is a vital addition. Maybe your kids are growing up and will need separate rooms, or you’re having a new baby, or maybe your elderly parents decided to move in, a bigger space is always a welcome change.
- A better option than moving
Most people tend to move homes when the family gets bigger or when recent life events dictate change in the home. Although it’s not a bad idea to seek new beginnings in a new city, the whole experience can be stressful as well as expensive.
For one, you have to find the right property, pack up everything and make arrangements for the move. For another, you may not get approved for a mortgage loan or the closing costs could eat into your savings. Then there’s a lengthy process of going through a sale and talking to moving companies.
By comparison, building additions to your home with the help of a professional home renovation project manager will allow you to improve the property, improve your lifestyle without the heady costs. The stress will likely still be felt, but that’s usual for any home project. You can minimize or manage it by hiring the right professionals and planning it well.
- Additional space can be used to make money
Another bonus to home additions is that you can use the extra space to make money. You can build a room that you can rent out or an extra extension to the house that’s specifically for renting. Making space for renters is an efficient way to make extra passive income in the future.
- Increases the value of your property
Upgrades and home additions can increase your home’s value. If you’re planning to sell your home in the future, then you can increase its value by simply adding square footage.
If an outward expansion isn’t doable, consider adding a second floor to a single-story house. Note that you’ll need to add stairs, which will require a lot of work. You’ll also need your builder to add support to your existing ceilings, walls, and some sections of your existing foundation.
If adding extra space isn’t in your budget, then visually increasing your home’s area can also affect the value. It’s not only the square footage that counts, but visual space or how huge a home feels is also taken into consideration. One way to do this is to make rooms in your house feel larger. You can replace closed draperies with shutters to let more light in as sunny rooms will feel more open and give the impression of more space. Add mirrors to visually double the space of a room, and make sure to reduce clutter in all areas.
No matter what home addition you decide on, you should ensure that you’re working with a professional who can explain what processes will need to be done. Although it’s less work than actually moving or building a house from scratch, there will be many things to consider. Some of these things that you need to take into consideration are the cost and feasibility, how the addition will match the overall design of the original house, and in some cases, the foundation that’s needed for the build-up.
Either way, the smallest addition to your house can have a huge impact. To make sure that you achieve the desired result, find the right contractor, builder, and project manager to guide you in your home renovation.