A living room addition is a wonderful way to expand both the square footage and the functionality of your home. If you need more space, a living room addition can be a cost-effective alternative to moving. These types of additions come in all shapes and sizes, so to help you determine what shape is best for you, we’ve put together a list of common living room addition options!
Add space, value and style to your home with these 5 living room addition ideas:
1. Standard Room Addition
Let’s start with the basics. A standard room addition, while not as costly as a home extension, is still a major construction project and will involve creating an additional structure and incorporating it into your home. It can cost anywhere from 20 to 60k for this kind of addition; however, when you compare that to the cost of buying a new home, it may be worth it! For this kind of addition, you will need to bring in professional contractors (like NeighborBuild!) who can help you with the design and construction process.
A bump-out is a popular option as living room additions go. Cheaper than a standard room addition, a bump-out usually requires less electrical, plumbing and HVAC work. The trade-off is that you get less space than you would with a full addition. A bump-out is usually classified as an addition that extends as far as 10 to 15 feet from the house. If you are considering doing a bump-out for your living space, make sure you have at least that many feet of space to work with. The other advantage of a bump-out is that it won’t dramatically alter the outward appearance of your home.
We love sunroom’s at NeighborBuild. They are classic additions that add immense visual appeal and creature comfort to your home. A sunroom is traditionally a glassed-in living space and is usually accessible from inside the home. Also called an all-season room, these types of additions can be used year-round, and are great for getting vitamin d even in the dark winter months. This type of addition has the added benefit of being highly energy efficient and can run from $10,000 and up.
A conservatory is akin to a sunroom with the difference being that a conservatory usually has a glass roof in addition to having glass walls. Typically, a conservatory is built with the intention to showcase greenery and tend to be a little more expensive than sunrooms. If you have a green thumb, or a lovely garden, a conservatory could be a good choice for your home, as you could fill it with garden clippings and plants!
5. Vaulted Ceilings
Though this type of renovation is not an addition per say, adding vaulted or high ceilings to your living room addition does technically add space to your home! These types of ceiling are a great feature and can make a room feel much more spacious even though the square footage hasn’t changed. It may be best to incorporate vaulted ceilings into your addition; however, as creating these in an existing home can pause all sorts of structural issues.