Are the children getting older and feel they need their own room? Is your aging parent coming to live with you? Did you just move you child into what was once the guest room and now need another room for occasional guests? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be ready to extend your present home with a room addition.
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Before you jump right in and begin tearing out walls and searching for contractors, there are a few things you need to consider.
- Is there space that is rarely used or never used that you can convert into a bedroom?
- Can you convert part or all of your attic or basement into an additional bedroom?
- Can you build upwards to create additional space?
A yes answer to any of these questions could save you considerable money. You should also consider where the room will be built.
- Will your home remain inside your property lines if you build on the side or back of your existing home?
- If you put the new room in, by what means will you enter and exit the room?
- Will the new room affect your existing structure?
- How will it be connected to the existing roofing?
- Are you willing to give up yard space for the addition?
- How will the addition affect the appearance of your present structure?
Once you have chosen the perfect location for your room, you will need to consider how this structure will affect the neighborhood. Will the new structure match your existing exterior siding and roofline? This is an important question to ask yourself. You do not want your home to stand out as an eye sore to neighbors. But there are a few things you can do to ensure it will blend in nicely.
Plan on using materials that blend well with the existing roofing materials and exterior wall materials, and use windows that match the existing windows. Maybe inquire about how the foundation will be placed and will there be additional space beneath the new room? If so, how will you use the new space?
After considering the materials, you must next consider how it will affect the interior of your home. Will it require the removal of walls? How will you provide access to the room? How will it affect the other rooms in the home? Will you extend a hallway or add a hallway? Will it be accessed through an existing room?
The next step is to design your new bedroom. How big will your room be? Will it have a closet? Where will the closet be? Will it be a walk-in closet? Where will a window be placed? How large will the window be? You should decide on why type of floor it will have, carpet, tile, or hard wood. What type of lighting will be used and what kind of fixtures will be needed?
After designing the bedroom, you will need to begin thinking about who will do the work. Will you do the work yourself or hire a contractor or architect? Check on building permits, what type of work will need to be performed by state licensed workers such as electrical work and plumbing and plan for construction and installation of the foundation. Once you begin scheduling the work of framing, plumbing, electrical, flooring and drywall, you can begin imagining the completed project and adding the finishing touches.