Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful
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Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!

Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

Useful Ideas for Adding a Room to Your Home

Lee Hunt

So you've decided on a home improvement project that will add more space—a room addition. Room additions are an excellent method for increasing your internal living space. They can also accommodate the changes your lifestyle takes. Make the addition of a room to your home useful and attractive by following these tips:

Bump Out

The simplest method for adding space to a room is creating a "bump out" with bay windows. This doesn't require a radical change in the architecture. A bump out generally fits seamlessly with both the exterior and interior. Add a set of bay windows to the kitchen for a casual breakfast nook. Have the windows added to a bedroom for a relaxing reading area or in the living room to create a mini sitting room.

Sun Room

Some old homes feature small windows, prompting homeowners to desire more light. This could be your situation, or perhaps you simply want a space for basking in the sun. The sunroom requires a little planning. For example, you obviously need to choose a space that gets plenty of sun. Likewise, select what type of windows you want, such as sliding glass doors, skylights, or big picture windows. Finally, Better Homes and Gardens recommends ensuring the addition complements the existing façade of your home in architecture style.

Master Suite

Another complaint with old-style homes is they often don't include a contiguous master suite. To create a suite, contractors typically need to increase the area of the existing bedroom and bathroom. As you approach this project, dream big. Imagine how much closet space you really want. Decide if you desire a separate soaking tub and walk-in shower. Consider how open you want your bedroom design. Once you have those ideas firmly in mind, talk to an architect about a layout that works with your home's existing architecture.

Room Addition

Many times when a family increases, home owners decide to add a nursery to their existing home rather than find a new house. If you have an unfinished basement, now might be the time to finish it. Likely the basement is too far away for the baby's room, but you can relocate your den, living room, or dining room into a finished basement. That allows you to transform a current room into the nursery. Otherwise, consider the current layout of your house and yard for the most efficient locale for the nursery.

When planning for a room addition, utilize the same roofing and siding materials. Likewise, the window styles should be similar to the rest for a room addition that complements your home. For further ideas, speak with a contractor from a company like Crivitz Lumber & Rental.