As more people have begun working from home, whether due to the Covid-19 pandemic or the desire for more flexibility, many individuals have started to reconsider the living space in their homes. Some have opted for remodeling their existing space; however, others have decided to go the route of a home addition. While remodels are often less expensive, it depends on the homeowner’s needs and preferences. There are many options to consider when expanding one’s living space. Here are a few types of home additions that homeowners might consider.
A Bump Out
Homeowners who need more space but don’t have the finances for a full addition may choose to add a bump-out to an existing room. Not quite as large as an entire room addition, a bump out can still provide additional space. Bump outs can be used to create a walk-in closet, a window seat, a small home office, extra room for a tub in an existing bathroom, or even a small addition to the kitchen for a breakfast nook. Because they are typically part of an already existing room, there may not be a need for added HVAC and plumbing. They also require minimal exterior changes, so they blend in with the current home structure rather seamlessly.
Full Room Addition to the First Floor
In cases where a homeowner needs to expand the square footage of their home significantly, a full-room addition might be an option. When planning a full-room expansion, it is essential to keep in mind the existing layout and the exterior of the home. A full room addition requires planning to ensure that the room fits well with the rest of the house. This type of expansion may require additional heating, cooling, and plumbing systems.
Sunrooms & Enclosed Porches
For some homeowners who enjoy the outdoors, the addition of a sunroom overlooking a well-landscaped backyard or enclosing an existing porch can provide additional space with the added benefit of proximity to nature and the outdoors. Enclosing a porch or patio can allow for year-round use of the space. This type of home addition can potentially serve as a home office, library, sitting room, or music room.
Second Floor Additions
For those looking to expand their square footage significantly, another option may be to extend your home upward. Adding a full second-story to a single-story home provides substantial new living space. However, the homeowner may wish to consider whether it would be more cost-effective to find a new home. Renovations of this nature are quite costly, and owners may not recoup the expense when selling the home.
Short of a full second-floor expansion, homeowners could add above a garage or even build a second-floor deck onto their home to provide additional space.
These are just a few examples of the options available to homeowners wishing to escape cramped living spaces. If you are interested in exploring your home renovation or addition options, Structure NYC can help with all your building needs. We provide pre-construction, general contracting, and construction management services for both commercial and residential building projects at Structure NYC.