Are you feeling like your home isn’t providing the elbow-room your family needs? Do you need a tad more space because your family is growing? There are a million reasons why building a new addition to your home makes sense. Not only does having more living space lead to happier families, but it also results in a higher resale value for your house. When you find that more room is a necessity, consider the following home addition ideas to get you started.
Sunroom or Conservatory
You don’t need to have a green thumb to see the perks of creating an enclosed space that lends the ambiance of the outdoors. A sunroom may have tons of windows for a clear sightline to your beautifully landscaped back yard, but it still has the trappings of a "real" room when you add painted wood framing, a fireplace and open shelving. A vaulted ceiling, multiple skylights and French doors will further reflect light and add character to this addition.
Raise the Roof
It’s always smart to maximize the footprint of your home. Adding a second floor to your home will allow you to expand vertically without having to intrude into your landscape. Building an extra bedroom and bath upstairs will add privacy to the space. Alternately, if you have a two-story home and you’re already planning to expand outward, you might as well do an upper addition as well to add a media room, office or expand a master suite.
Sunny Breakfast Nook
There’s something special about a breakfast nook that an eat-in kitchen bar just can’t compete with. If you already have your dream kitchen but want a cozy space to curl up and read a book or have an intimate chat with a friend over a cup of tea, a breakfast nook will set the mood. Build an inviting nook with painted wainscoting and a lot of windows to capture plenty of light and fit in seamlessly with a cottage or farmhouse style home design.
Everyone needs a mudroom! It’s the perfect place to deposit dirty shoes and wet umbrellas to keep the outdoors out of the rest of your home. Include a lot of storage, cubbies for each family member, hooks for outerwear and a comfortable bench for seating. Add a mudroom to your existing laundry room for extra convenience.
Connect to Your Yard
Outdoor living spaces are the new living spaces. Add extra room by creating an outdoor room on a deck or patio. Nestled under a shady pergola, your outdoor room can extend your existing home’s functionality while providing a great entertainment area. Add a convenient island, cooktop, grill, sink and refrigerator to create a party-friendly kitchen and designate separate outdoor areas by using weather-friendly rugs and multiple seating groups.