Whether you are planning to sell your home or to create a little more room for the family, adding square footage to your house can be a good investment. Here are some ways to refresh your property while increasing the storage and living space.
1. Build a Second Story
Adding a second story to your home is one of the biggest home renovation projects you can undertake, but it also offers the largest space upgrade and increase in property value. Before you start planning this project, ensure that the foundations of your house are strong enough to support a second story. An engineer can determine the capabilities and condition of your foundation and make recommendations on how to reinforce it if needed.
There are several options to add another floor. The first is to remove the roof, create the new second floor, then build a new roof or put the old roof back on. Another option is to have the second floor built off-site and then craned into place after the roof is removed. This is much quicker than building in-place but you can be limited by size. Finally, you can build a smaller second floor over part of the house instead of over the entire house to save time and money.
2. Fix Up Your Attic
If you want to expand the top of your house without adding another story, consider fixing up the attic. There are certain requirements to fulfill before your attic can be counted towards the square footage of your house. It must connect to the house via a stairway (instead of a ladder) and at least half of the finished floor area must have a ceiling height of a minimum of seven feet.
Once you have met these requirements, your attic can be turned into useful living space such as a guest bedroom, home office, or playroom. To provide natural light, make the room look larger, and add curb appeal, you can also add a dormer. Planning permission is not required for most dormer installations.
3. Convert Your Garage
The garage is one of the most under-utilized spaces in a home. Note that an attached garage will only be added to the square footage of the house if you are no longer using it as a garage. So, if you do not own a car or are happy with parking on the curb, you can convert your garage into an additional room and add to your home’s resale value.
Your garage space can be transformed into a wide range of rooms. Some of the top options for garage conversions are home offices, art studios, and gyms. It can even be turned into a guest room for vacation rentals or a small neighborhood coffee shop. Be sure to engage reputable garage door companies to install a sturdy garage door that fits the design of your new room.
4. Finish the Basement
Basements can be huge spaces, so finishing your basement can significantly increase the space in your home. However, it is typically not a small job. Before your basement becomes a livable space, you will need to resolve any dampness issues, add sound and warmth insulation, and install proper walls and floors. You may also need to add wiring, plumbing, and a ventilation system.
An essential addition to basement finishing is egress windows. These windows allow natural light to enter the room and provide a way for people to escape the room in an emergency. Once your basement has been turned into a comfortable, habitable, and safe space, you can make it an entertainment room, a guest bedroom, or even a separate apartment with its own entryway.
5. Turn the Porch into a Sunroom
If you have a lovely porch, why not consider enclosing it and turning it into a room? For a porch to add to the square footage of your home, it has to be accessible from the rest of the house and have heating. Instead of solid walls, you can install glass walls around your enclosed patio to create a bright sunroom. However, be sure to get the glass treated to add UV protection and to prevent temperature loss. Also ensure that the walls and roofs are strong enough to withstand strong wind, rain, or snow.
6. Expand the Laundry into a Mud Room
Laundry rooms are sought-after features in homes. Therefore, expanding your laundry room can be a sensible investment. One great way to add to the utility of your laundry room is to turn it into a mudroom. A mudroom is a purpose-built entryway where coats, shoes, bags, and sporting equipment are organized. This adds storage and prevents mud and snow from being trekked into the house on wet days.
Before you begin your house addition project, be sure to consult with a trusted builder. You will need to ensure that your plans adhere to local building codes and zoning regulations. Increasing the square footage of your home can make it a much more luxurious place to live. Most of the time, home additions also increase resale value, allowing you to recoup a large percentage of your renovation costs.