Working with a home remodeling contractor to build an addition to your home can be a great opportunity to exercise your creativity. Home designs are always evolving; an addition to your home can give you more than just a guest bedroom or a larger kitchen.
Here are three creative ways to use your newly created space when you build an addition:
Think of a sunroom like an enclosed porch. Cincinnati is well known for its cold winters and humid summers. For much of the year, an outdoor porch might go unused.
A sunroom, however, provides many benefits over an outdoor porch:
- Protection from bugs.
- It provides climate-controlled space in the summer.
- Source of solar heating in the winter.
- Natural light provides ideal space for house plants.
Importantly, a sunroom addition can also boost the value of your home. Whether used to entertain or relax, the added space can increase the functionality and enjoyment of your home that translates directly to your bottom line.
Even new homeowners find ways to improve their homes. In 2018, more than one-quarter of homeowners renovated a newly purchased home.
One of the most popular additions is a second-story addition. A second-story addition gives you new space on your already beloved home.
The most popular use of a second-story addition is an extra bedroom. However, a large addition can provide an in-law apartment with its own bathroom, kitchenette, and bedroom. This space can be:
- Used for guest space.
- Rented to generate some extra income.
- Provided to children or parents in a multigenerational home.
The benefit of a second story addition is that you can have additional space for your home without eating into your yard space. This increases the value of your home while preserving the value of your yard.
Finish Your Attic
You have heard about finished basements, but did you know that you can build an addition by finishing your attic? Most attics are either non-functional crawl spaces or used strictly for storage. However, finishing your attic can provide your home with new living space that can enhance the enjoyment of your home.
Some examples of clever uses for a finished attic include:
- Playroom. If your attic does not provide much headroom, it may be converted into a children’s playroom. The space could provide kids and grandkids with a miniature home, keeping their toys contained.
- Craft room. Hobbies can require a lot of space. Rather than taking over the dining room table every time you make a quilt or build a birdhouse, create a dedicated craft space in your attic. One benefit of a craft room is that all your specialized tools and furniture can go into a single room.
- Exercise room. If you are tired of exercising in the garage or climbing over the treadmill every time you need something from the storeroom, you should consider converting your attic into an exercise room. If you put in a window, you can enjoy the view as you run or bike.
When you build an addition, you have a blank canvas. Get creative with your new space or talk to a home designer and contractor who specializes in home additions Cincinnati homeowners love.