In most instances, adding a room to your home can increase its value. However, if the addition is not properly done, it can negatively impact the value. If you are thinking of adding a room to your home, here are some tips to help ensure it is a valuable addition.
Check the Scale of an Addition
Ideally, the addition should seem as if it actually belongs to your home. If the addition is too large it can easily overwhelm the existing home. If the addition is too small, it can be underwhelming and not give you the room you want.
There are creative ways you can add the space you need without making the structure too large. For instance, you can break the room up into smaller spaces and spread it out more. Your contractor can help you determine the best way to fit the addition with your existing structure.
Go Up with the Addition
If you do not have the room you need to build the addition you want, consider adding a floor. Another floor is great in certain situations, such as an urban area in which your neighbors are close to your home.
Adding a second floor also gives you more room to work with than if you tried to expand into a smaller area around your home. Work with your contractor to find out ways you can save on the build if you are worried it is out of your budget.
It is important to remember that consistency is key to adding a new room to your home. Both the exterior and interior of the new room needs to blend with the rest of your home. If not, the fact that it is an addition could be very noticeable to potential buyers in the future.
For instance, if your home's architectural style is more classic, your addition needs to mimic it. If your home is decorated in a classic contemporary style, opting for a country style would cause a clash.
As part of maintaining consistency, you need to ensure that access to the new room is easily reached. If it is not, it can look like it is separate from the rest of your home.
There are many other things to consider when building an addition to your home. Work closely with your contractor (like Bohnstedt Construction) to learn what other aspects apply to your project so that you get the best results from your investment.