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The Importance of Space
How space is arranged affects behavior. A single room addition – a family room with a fireplace, a powder room, or a backyard sun room – can singlehandedly change the traffic of the entire home.When done wrong, adding a room results in an awkward architectural appendage with the utility of an extra elbow. It splices space. When done right, adding a room adds much more than square footage. It changes how people live.
Our home remodeling company does more than hammer in nails. We cover the entire process. that includes the red tape paperwork, the construction site, and the individual vision of every homeowner. We believe in the power of space.
Who Should Add a Room?
There are three, main reasons to consider adding a room.
1. According to Taunton’s Small Houses, modern families spend increasingly more time in informal kitchen and dining spaces. Small dinette alcoves or confined kitchen spaces limit both food and friendship.
2. The scream of a newborn, a retirement pension, college freshman flying the nest – all these life events change how a home is lived in. As a rule of thumb, homeowners who do not plan on moving for at least five years will need a room addition or home renovation to suit their evolving lifestyles.
3. Adding a room is an investment, not a liability. Creating a master bedroom suite, a private office or an enclosed patio can reap dividend in resale value once the home is sold.
Let’s break down a few of the most popular home additions.
A living room is a multipurpose space for all ages in the household. Its function is primarily social; a place where company can relax and family can mingle.
For some, a living room is a glorified furniture showroom. It provides a gallery space for heirlooms and antique furniture. Rather than toss these priceless pieces into a dumpster, a homeowner can display them in a new living room or parlor.
Most often, a living room is an affordable substitute for moving. Rather than risking a longer commute or noisy neighbors, a homeowner can remain in their location, gain space and spaciousness by simply tacking on an extra room.
When paired with a bathroom or kitchenette, a living room can serve as a short-term rental. Especially in a transient town such as Las Vegas, modern travelers prefer informal rentals to high-priced, impractical hotels.
What homeowner hasn’t dreamed of a private gym, a media room, an indoor ball pit, a hearth fireplace, or a 1980’s arcade replica? These are rooms which cannot be bought; they must be made.
According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, only five percent of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Only one in five homes has a public park within an accessible walking distance. A home gym, which can be as Spartan as an 8×8 room with a floor mat, ab roller and adjustable dumbbells, can provide the space and stimulus for fitness and health.
Whether it is chestnuts roasting on an open fire or the seasonal savings from heating bills, everyone loves a fire. YouTube recordings on the television simply won’t make the cut. Mantle and hearth fireplaces are spawning grounds for Christmas traditions and romantic Friday nights. Plus, according to a 2013 United States Census report, almost half of all single-family homes sold in 2013 had at least one fireplace, meaning that fireplaces help houses sell in a bear market.
Come February, when the NFL Super Bowl rolls around, nothing screams “party!” like a mini wet bar and dedicated home theater system. In an era where the average American watches three hours of television every day, a media room is progressively becoming a staple of modern life. A media room might cost $5,000-$10,000, whereas a private cinema could cost upwards of $40,000.
Go beyond the basement mini-fridge. A basement kitchenette costs anywhere from $1,000 to $12,000 depending on its size, appliances and amenities. Do-it-yourself plumbing and cabinetry can save the lion’s share of the labor costs. Hire an experienced electrician, however, since improperly wiring a kitchenette can overload circuits and become a fire hazard.
More and more, scientists are discovering that sunlight is irreplaceable for proper health. Exposure to sunlight reduces blood pressure, increases blood oxygen content, kills bad bacteria and reduces depression. Why not harness the healing power of abundant sun here in the desert of Las Vegas?
The purpose of a sunroom is simple: Enjoy the outdoors from the indoors. No swatting mosquitoes, no slushy snow-covered boots, no sticky shirt collars. Typical components of a sunroom include windows, windows and more windows, all with the appropriate treatments, shades or blinds. Consider adding an anti-graffiti protective layer to protect from scratches and breakage.
In the summer, sunrooms can turn into saunas. New “smart glass” sunrooms come equipped with transitional windows that darken in response to sunlight, keeping the room cool. Over their lifetime, many smart windows pay for themselves in energy savings. Oftentimes, sunrooms come with ceiling fans and ceramic tiled floors for a cool, soothing ambiance. Tile floors also last longer when exposed to sunlight. Typical room sizes range from 10×12 to 12×16 and even 20×18.
General Considerations When Adding a Room
• A homeowner’s budget should include funds to expand the home’s heating and cooling system to accommodate the new space. Small additions should only require ductwork. Larger additions may require a bigger air conditioner or furnace. These upfront costs can be offset by airflow baffles paired with programmable thermostats to independently regulate the temperature of different areas of the home.
• Don’t forget to pay for new electrical wiring!
• Factor in any sacrifices in yard space.
• Should a home build up or build out? The answer is somewhat decided by the home’s architectural style. For a bungalow, bump out. For a split-level, expand the basement.
For a French cottage, add dormers. For a ranch, grow the ground floor. Check local codes to find out maximum allowable height for houses and zoning variances for property line setback.
Don’t Forget …
Most importantly the goal is to expand your home, not merely tack onto it. Think through the exterior aesthetics and the interior floor plan. Ask how you want your new room to change your lifestyle, and then watch as Copper Creek Construction transforms your vision into a blueprint.
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