Home Additions that Can Add More Value to Your Home

Home additions can add a lot of value to your home. There are many ways to accomplish this, and they don’t all involve major construction. Many home addition ideas can increase the square footage of your home with new construction, but some focus on enhancing the existing living space.

Here’s a look at what to consider with home additions to ensure you get the results you’re looking for.

Revamping existing living space

You don’t have to break out the wrecking ball to add value to your home. Here are some home addition ideas that focus on revamping your existing living space:

  • Finish the basement: Finishing the basement can be a very valuable home addition that can add square footage to your home on paper without having to expand the actual dimensions of the home. A finished basement can be used as an entertainment space, a recreation room or even a small apartment (as long as it meets the proper legal requirements like easement windows, etc.).
  • Transform a garage into an extra room: The garage is a cold, drafty space full of old junk you rarely (if ever) use, cobwebs and (sometimes) a vehicle. Bottom line, it’s not always an efficient use of your valuable space. You may want to consider transforming this space into a finished room. This way it may qualify to count as part of the square footage of your home—even if you leave the garage door as
  • Finish the attic: As long as the ceiling reaches 7 feet or higher in at least half the space and there is a stairway that connects to the main part of the house, finishing the attic is a viable home addition idea that can add a lot of value to your home. It can be a guest bedroom, an office, an art studio or anything else you may need. Plus, it makes great use of the existing square footage of your home in an efficient way.

Adding square footage

There are many home addition ideas that add onto the existing square footage of your home as well. Here are some expansion ideas:

  • Add a second story: This is a major undertaking, but it can really be worth it in the long run. If you need more space, are looking to expand your family or just want to really add on some serious value to your home, adding a second story may be exactly what you want. This will take a lot of planning, but in the end it will be one of the best things you can do to add value to your home.
  • Add a room over the garage: Adding a room over the garage can add a lot of value to your home. If you have a detached garage with a foundation, all you need to add are walls and a roof, as well as any infrastructure like plumbing or electrical wiring you may desire. Costs can vary with this project, but you may be able to immediately start seeing income from it as a rental unit with the right construction.

Now that you have some ideas for what to consider with home additions, contact the experienced professionals at Buchel Construction to get started on adding value to your home today.