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

Adding Square Footage to your home.

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.