Adding Square Footage to your home.

Adding Square Footage: Which Home & Room Addition Fits You Best?

Dreaming of having extra space in your home? An addition gives you more room to relax and entertain, while also increasing the overall value of your house. There are so many ways to achieve that extra spaciousness! If you are contemplating an addition, you have ample practical options to choose from. It is simply a matter of deciding what works best for you.

Envision the possibilities by exploring below the many types of additions that our skilled team can create for you—and see our tips for how to choose between them.

Traditional Room Additions

When homeowners think about adding a room, this approach is usually the first idea that comes to mind. A traditional addition builds outward from your house’s exterior with an entirely new structure—and it is typically done to give you a full room’s worth of space. The most common bump-outs include:

New Bedroom

In many houses, bedrooms are at a premium. Whether you have a growing family with children, a parent moving in, a need for a guest bedroom, or a desire to create a larger primary suite, this type of addition is practical and fun,too. It is a good choice for making your house more livable, and an additional bedroom is appealing when you decide to sell.

Additional Bathroom

Smaller houses often lack sufficient bath space, but installing a roomy new bathroom solves that. The added room can take many forms, depending on what suits your needs—such as a bath for a bedroom that does not yet have one, a guest bath, or a brand-new spa bath with a walk-in closet to expand your primary bedroom suite.

Family/Entertainment Room

For those who want an area dedicated to entertaining or relaxing indoors, a bump-out great room is a popular choice. It is an excellent way to create the space for an in-home theater, a game room with built-in screens and surround sound, or ample seating with a bar, sink, and more.

Sunroom/Season Room

Sunrooms and season rooms create a beautiful blend of indoor/outdoor living that many people appreciate. If you like the idea of having a comfortable place to sit and enjoy morning sun and fresh air, or afternoon sunsets during the winter, this type of space is for you. Your season room can be walled in with multiple windows, insulated to be cozy year-round, custom-designed with premium materials, or prefabricated and then attached to your exterior.

Room Conversions

Often, homeowners have all the rooms they want or need in their layout—but one or two of those rooms are being underutilized. Perhaps they were not finished with full electrical, plumbing, and drywall. Converting or finishing those spaces would give you additional square footage that functions the way you dream it would. Popular options include:

Attic or Basement Finishing

If you are looking for added space without changing your existing footprint, consider turning your attic or basement into a fully functioning room. Often, attics and basements have been framed out and simply need ceilings and walls to be finished properly. This can be a cost-effective method for getting an extra bedroom, playroom, or home office.

Garage Transformation

Another creative way to achieve more living space without building out or up is to convert your garage. This is an attractive option for people who desire a game room, entertainment area, extra bedroom—or even a room to rent out. If you have other places to keep cars and stored items, turning your garage into a living space can be a smart option.

Multi-Room Addition

When you desire a lot of extra square footage that will serve different purposes, then look into additions that incorporate several rooms. This approach streamlines your remodel and allows the design to be cohesive. Common options include:

Conventional Add-on at Ground Level

This type of addition builds rooms outward from your existing house’s footprint. It requires you to extend your foundation and take up more land, so they are a good fit for those who have a large amount of acreage. This type of addition is similar to full construction of a new house, and it is important to work with a team that can design the structure so that it smoothly blends with your existing rooms to create a cohesive look.

Second-Story Build

If your available land is limited or you prefer not to use up your existing yard for living space, then building up instead of out is an appealing alternative. The benefit of this option is that it can double your living space without using any land, while also significantly increasing your home’s value. You might choose this option if you and your loved ones can easily navigate stairs.

In-Law Suite

For homeowners who want to create room for aging relatives, adding on an in-law suite allows them the dignity of aging in place. Such additions usually include installing a kitchenette and an accessible bathroom, as well as a separate entrance. This can also be part of your own long-term planning, allowing you to stay in your home longer when the time comes. 

Bump-Out Addition

If a few additional square feet will allow for greater comfort in a room or two, then a bump-out will serve you well. This technique does not require you to create a full room structure, but simply pushes out a wall a few feet, which your existing foundation can support. It is ideal when you want to extend your kitchen, turn a half-bath into a full one, or expand a bedroom to accomodate a larger bed or a closet.

Achieve Your Dream House with a Beautiful Addition Designed by Beissel Renovation

As you can see, however you would like your home to grow, there is an addition to suit your personal preferences—and we can help you accomplish it. Our expert design team at Beissel Renovation will listen to your goals, answer your questions, and offer creative and knowledgeable input so you can make informed decisions. Explore our home addition services and begin envisioning the possibilities for your property today.

Prepping for a Kitchen Remodel

Top Tips to Make Packing & Prepping for a Kitchen Remodel Easy

So, the day of your kitchen remodel is finally here—and no doubt, you are excited. The end results of a well-planned kitchen renovation promise to provide years of enjoyment as you prep food, entertain, and make memories in the heart of your home. Of course, before you get to enjoy the end results, you must first prepare to welcome in the remodeling crew to do their work. 

Fortunately, the process of upgrading your kitchen space can be streamlined to make it as convenient for you and as straightforward for the remodeling team as possible. These preparation tips will help you minimize any disruptions and make the most out of this exciting time.

9 Ways to Prepare for Your Kitchen Renovation

Follow these steps as you get your house ready for your kitchen upgrades—they are all designed to make your life simpler and more streamlined during your renovations.

1. Gather the Right Packing Materials

Compile everything you need to pack up your kitchen items, such as cardboard boxes of various sizes and plastic containers with tops. Include ample bubble wrap and packing tape to wrap and secure breakable objects. Seal and store in a closet anything you do not plan to use during the renovation, such as holiday plates, platters, punch bowls, and specialized bakeware. 

2. Purge and Donate Items You No Longer Use

As you go through your kitchen, create a separate pile of anything you do not wish to keep. Be honest about what you use, and remove outdated, expired, or broken dishes, cups, utensils, countertop appliances, etc. If it has been a while since you have made such a purge, you might find yourself with a lot to donate or toss—which means fewer boxes to move and unpack later.

3. Set Aside Everyday Items for Easy Access 

While a kitchen renovation involves moving a lot of items into storage, you will likely want to be able to use certain everyday supplies. Set aside everything you know you will need access to during the remodeling—such as bowls, plates, favorite pots and pans, forks, knives and spoons, your go-to spices, snacks, and pet food. These items can be placed in easy-to-access bins with covers or plastic zip-lock bags, so they stay clean when not in use.

4. Be Thorough as You Clear Your Kitchen and Nearby Rooms

Remember that a kitchen remodel involves the entire space and can involve dust and debris as the team does their work. Remove everything that you can, including curtains and curtain rods, plants, and wall decorations, as well as food, small appliances, and breakables. Consider covering furnishings in adjacent rooms to lessen dust accumulation.

5. Label and Organize Everything

Renovations are less stressful when your boxes are well organized and clearly labeled. Gather items that have a similar use or function and pack them together. It is also helpful to number each box and mark down what they contain so you can find items later with ease. You might also keep a video log or a voice memo of what you put in each box, and save it on your phone for reference.

6. Create a Temporary Kitchen

Most homeowners like to have some space set aside for everyday needs. Consider placing a folding table just off the kitchen to hold the coffee maker, paper plates, utensils, cleaning supplies, commonly used gadgets, and other daily items. Remember that if you will be moving large appliances that you still would like to use during your renovation, those items will need access to electrical outlets (perhaps outside the kitchen). If it is more convenient, you might invest in a hot plate or a toaster ovenfor quick cooking and a mini-fridge rather than moving large appliances.

7. Plan Meals in Advance

With a kitchen in the middle of upgrades, planning ahead makes things go more smoothly. Make a list of meals that are simple to prepare and easy to reheat, such as sandwiches and pasta. If possible, grill food outdoors for tasty meals that do not require the use of kitchen appliances. If you have a secondary storage area, such as a second refrigerator or freezer in your garage, maximize its use.

8. Protect Your Pets

If your dogs and cats normally have full run of the house—or at least, full access to the kitchen—then it will help to plan how to keep them out of the space they are used to being in. This may mean keeping them in other rooms, blocking off access with pet gates, and moving food and water bowls to a quiet, clean area.

9. Clear a Path for the Renovation Crew

To get a good sense of what to expect during the remodeling phase, speak with your project manager. Find out when the team will show up and leave each day. Ensure the dumpster will be placed conveniently, and ask any other questions that come to mind. Discuss how crew members will enter and exit the work area, so that you can move furnishings out of the way. Breakable or valuable items can be moved temporarily to a shed, garage, or storage unit.

Enjoy a Beautiful New Kitchen by Beissel Renovation 

Once the preparations and packing are completed, you will be ready to watch as your kitchen is transformed into a lovely, spacious area that makes it a pleasure to cook and entertain. If you are still envisioning the design possibilities for your new kitchen, our expert team is here to serve you. 

At Beissel Renovation, we give personal attention to every aspect of your remodel, so that your kitchen is a perfect match for your style, preferences, goals, and budget. Explore our gallery of completed projects—and gather ideas and inspiration for your own dream kitchen renovation.