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Adding a room without adding a room

Spiderweb in the rain

How is that possible? Build-in the garage, attic or that unfinished basement, to add space without increasing the size of the home.

In all cases, the walls and roof already exist, so money is saved from an actual addition to your home. The biggest expense would be extending plumbing piping to the space, if that is on the agenda. In the case of a garage build-in the concrete floor will need to be removed where the waste piping will be located.

Existing plumbing and electrical lines should be located before any work is begun. An electrical contractor should be hired to add any additional outlets and wiring, and a plumber should be consulted for extending plumbing piping for the room.

How will the room be heated/cooled? It may be expensive to reconfigure the duct system; if so, you may choose to use a space heater and/or small split system heat pump.

The garage door and all its mechanical components have to be removed. You must decide whether to fill in the remaining opening with a wall and attempt to match the existing exterior, which will be difficult to do if the home’s exterior has aged some, or a glass system could be installed within the opening, which would provide plenty of light. If this sounds like too much exposure, the opening could be broken up with a panel infill between two windows.

The walls should be checked for adequate insulation. Plan to add insulation if needed; blow-in if the walls are already finished with gypsum board, or batt insulation between the suds, if unfinished – then install gypsum board to complete the wall. Walls can also be finished with paneling or insulated board.

Decide what type of flooring you want. The concrete should be sealed before installing any flooring. You can also build a traditional joist floor over the garage slab to match the floor level in the rest of the home, that is, if the garage floor is lower than the rest of the house, which is often, but not always the case.

Depending on the garage’s existing roof/ceiling structure and the intended use of the space, you could go with a vaulted, exposed beam ceiling, a pitched ceiling, a tray ceiling, a drywall ceiling, or a drop ceiling.

Final comments: This is a lot of work, especially for a non-professional carpenter, or a person with a full-time job! You might seriously consider hiring a contractor to do some, or all of the work. Design, permitting, and materials selection can take considerable time, and a reliable contractor will be able to advise you in making selections that will work for the look and budget that you have in mind.

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Trends are toward renovations that are simpler and budget friendly

Real estate values are still struggling, and people are viewing their homes not as investments, but as their homes!  In other words, the trend is to stay in place and do makeovers for a more livable home.

Because of this trend, home remodeling is expected to increase during the second half of the year, making 2012 the strongest year since 2006. Driving the market will be midsize kitchen and bath projects, maintenance work and energy-efficiency upgrades.

In fact, Americans are now spending more on remodeling than on new construction, according to Stephen Melman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  He states that we are moving less now than at any time since WWII.

A survey of Better Homes and Gardens magazine stated that 61% of consumers wanted to get the most value for their budget – bargain hunting, in other words. 

The survey also found that consumers are most interested in style upgrades to countertops, flooring, faucets and fixtures, followed by general maintenance, decor updates, efficiency and home organization.

There’s a trend from formal to informal living, says Jerry Levine, president of the Washington, D.C. area remodeling firm Levine Group Architects and Builders. He says his high-end clientele, who spend an average of $240,000 on renovations, want space to be comfortable, not fancy.

Now, he says, Americans are going back to the future as they try to create permanent, family homes that reflect who they are. “The house is the most direct mirror of your personal values,” he says. “When people renovate to change their lives, they waste their money, but when they renovate to improve how they already live, they benefit.”

What are homeowners seeking?

  • Outdoor connection – resulting in larger windows, decks, or porches.
  • Livable kitchens – the kitchen is the new living room; shifting away from wall cabinets which can block views to a living area.
  • More open floor plans – kitchen that connect to the living room, dining area and the outdoors.
  • Togetherness – the open living core encourages coming together.
  • Smaller master baths – doing away with spa tubs, reclaiming that space for larger shower and vanities.
  • Better use of space – reconfigure existing space to make it work better.
  • Energy efficiency – clients are requesting more efficient windows, doors and insulated walls.
  • Mudrooms – Americans seek to reduce clutter and drop rooms or mud rooms provide a space to put items without cluttering up the living space.
  • Universal design – for aging in place as baby boomers need more ADA rated showers, entries and doorways sized for wheelchairs and ease of access.

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Too little space and too many people?

Add on to that house. You may have many reasons for wanting to stay where you are, from the kids are in a great school, to you only live 5 miles from work, to you home has a great view. So add on to that home; if you don’t want to expand horizontally, you can add a floor and go up instead. We have done both for clients. Here are a few photos.

Addition in progress

Addition in progress

 

Here is a photo after completion:

Addition completed

Addition completed

 

So consider an addition, with a bathroom, when you find yourself having to wait 30 minutes to get into your bathroom!

 

 

 

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Before and After photos for Addition

These are from our NAHB Whatcom County Master Remodelers REX award for best residential remodel under $75,000.

Addition - Before

Addition - Before

This 1978, three bedroom two bath home was dated and lacked the square footage for the entire family to enjoy.  With a confined kitchen, they wanted a space to open the kitchen up to and entertain.  We added 260 square feet of den and entry to the front of the home while completely remodeling the master and kids bath.  We also replaced all the dark stained doors and trim with painted materials to modernize the home and give a fresh look and feel.  
Addition - After

Addition - After

 

 

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Rose Construction Inc. receives three awards for remodeling excellence!

The National Association of Home Builders and Remodelers and the Builders Industry Association of Whatcom County awarded Rose Construction Inc. three REX  awards. The awards recognize excellence in home remodeling. The company won Residential Remodel – Best Addition in the under $75,000 category; Residential Best Kitchen Remodel – $30,000 – $60,000 range and Best Residential Bath Remodel in the $25,000 – $75,000 range.

Residential addition

Residential addition

 
Kitchen remodel

Kitchen remodel

 

Rose Construction Inc. is one of the founding members of Masters Remodelers Council of the Building Industry Association and has been providing remodeling and additions to homes in Whatcom, Island and Skagit counties since 1986. For details call 398-7000.

Bath remodel

Bath remodel

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Creating a mud room

enclosed porch mud room

enclosed porch mud room

 
 

We are in avery rainy part of the country, so we all appreciate a covered porch and a mud room, so as to not track water and muddy shoes into the house.  Here are a couple of photos showing before and after for one home’s porch remodel.

Before

Before

After

After

The photos are from Remodeling magazine, online. A few comments from their article: 

The small mudroom preserves half the porch as a covered entry area. Fully enclosing the porch would have eliminated the covered entry and also boxed in the kitchen.  

So, think how that porch could be improved!

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How to make the decision to add on to your home.

Some of us are having our grown children move back in and some of them are coming back with spouses and children! 

Some of us are still growing our own families and are rapidly running out of space to put everyone.

When I was growing up we had a family up the street with 6 kids and in a two bedroom house with one bathroom.  Needless to say, those kids spent as much time elsewhere as they could.

Home additions are a great solution, and add value when you are ready to sell.  California Construction Center has a nice article on adding to your home.  What you should and should not do, and always reminding to keep within your budget.

They recommend increasing the size of your kitchen, adding a bathroom and a bedroom, family room and screened porch. I would assume they do not really mean that one should add all of the above, as that would imply a very large budget!  They are all options however, that one can pick and choose from, depending on what is most important to your family. 

Home addition in progress, Rose Construction Inc job

Home addition in progress

The two photos here show one of our additions.  The interior included an expanded kitchen and dining area as well as a family room.

Addition completed

Addition completed

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