Remodeling and room additions have gained popularity in last year. New home renovation shows have exploded while the invention of Pinterest continues to inspire homeowners to think outside the box. Room additions top the chart as one of the coolest home renovations to consider but can be a scary undertaking. No homeowner wants to make the wrong decision when it comes to remodeling, which is why we put together these three reasons to consider a room addition.
Why get a Room Addition?
1. You could add value to your home.
A room addition can add value to your home, but it is important to consider all of the factors. First, it’s a good idea to look at the other homes in your neighborhood, specifically the square feet. You want to stay within a close range of the homes around you, so as to not overbuild. When you overbuild, it’s hard to get your money out of the renovation. A good rule of thumb is to stay within 200 square feet of the average size home in the neighborhood.
Another way to do this, for the math minded, is to figure out the average price per square foot in your neighborhood. A trained real estate agent can help you figure this out as well. To calculate the cost per square foot, divide the purchase price of a house by its total square footage. For example, if a house with 2,000 square feet sells for $180,000, the cost per square foot is $90 per square foot.
Next, get a quote from a trusted remodeling company. If the quote is lower than the cost per square foot, then there’s a great chance you will come out ahead when you sell your house. Chances are that if you are adding a room, you’re planning on staying in your house a while, which increases your potential return on the house and making money on the room addition.
2. You’re out of space, but don’t want to move.
Some people don’t care as much about seeing a return on their house when they are in love – with the house that is. If you’re running into one another and need a little more elbow room, a room addition can keep you in the home you love and give you the space you need.
There are plenty of reasons to stay in your house: it’s your dream home, your kids grew up there, it’s in the right neighborhood, it’s close to everything, or nothing depending on your preference. There’s just one problem – it’s too small.
Many people think that room additions have to be done to the back of the house, but for homes with tight backyards, that may not be an option. You can just as easily add a room to the front of your house, or even the side of you house if space allows. Still not seeing it? Consider expanding the size of a room by moving two or three walls out. Let’s say you move two 10 foot walls out three feet each, you just added 60 square feet to your house! Now you can stay in that quaint neighborhood near all of your friends and still have room for the family.
3. You want to make the space more functional.
You know an older home the minute you step into it. The prolific rooms divide what is likely a decent sized house into tiny rooms. Dining room, formal dining room, kitchen, living room, laundry room, half bath, full bath, bedrooms, master. The list goes on. Sometimes you just want one big space where you can entertain friends and watch the kids as they play.
That’s where a room addition or expansion comes in. If you need walls added, walls knocked down, walls moved, or anything else to make a space more functional, then a remodel is just the ticket. You don’t have to shop for a new home or endure the mortgage company digging through your personal business. No searching for boxes, packing and unpacking your valuables only to discover that they were broken in transition. No uprooting your lives, your schedule, and your kids just to have more room. You have the room now, you just need an expert contracting company to show you how to best improve your space.
Planning for room additions.
If a room addition is indeed the way you want to go, make sure your plan properly.
- Save: depending on where you live, the construction of your home, where you want to put the room addition, and other factors, prices will vary on the cost of building a home. We recommend getting three quotes and looking at the reviews of the companies you are considering.
- Make a schedule: room additions along with any in-home construction project interrupts your schedule. We work hard to minimally interrupt your life when we do any in-home construction project, but having a series of craftsmen in and out of your homes for a week or a month could throw your living routines out a whack a bit. We recommend scheduling a remodel when you have the least going on. Of course, you are busy, but when is the best time for a remodel? During the school year while the family is away from the house most days, or during the summer when the family is on vacation? It all depends on what works best for you.
- Bring expectations to the table: construction has a reputation for delivering projects over budget and over time. Not so with Fix My House. My work diligently to build at high-quality and an affordable price. We have families and busy lives ourselves, so we know the inconvenience than an on-going project creates. Discuss with your contract to devise a plan that works for the both of and be sure to talk about the length of time it will take to complete the project.
Whether you have a baby on the way, or simply need a guest room added to your house, Fix My House is the expert company that will get it done for you. Call for a free quote today.