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6 Ways to Give Your Home Much-Needed Space

A home addition is a great way to add square footage to your house without relocating. It can also add space to small rooms that need it. Here are six creative ways to transform your space with a home addition.

1. Finish Your Basement and Attic

The fastest way to gain extra space is to complete unfinished spaces. If your home has a basement, attic, or both, it’s time to focus your energy on finishing those rooms. Basements and attics are flexible rooms to convert into a bedroom, guest room, studio apartment, den, playroom, craft room, home office, home gym, and more. A finished basement and attic also increase the home’s value for resale.

2. Add a Room Above the Garage

If you have a two-story house with an attached garage, you can add a room above it. You might want to consider a bedroom, guest room, or room for crafts and other hobbies.

3. Convert a Garage or Add One

Convert a spare garage into a storage unit, home gym, or guest room. If your home lacks a garage, you can add one that is attached to or detached from the house. You can use it to store your car, bicycle, motorcycle, seasonal items, bulky items, power tools, outdoor items, and more. An alternative to a garage is a carport with a utility closet.

4. Do a Sunroom Conversion

If you want a sunroom but lack the space to add an extension, you can convert your porch or patio into one. Because the porch or patio is outside and an enclosure invites the outdoors inside, the conversion is a great idea to enjoy nature while indoors. Use the sunroom as a nook, dining area, exercise room, greenhouse, or seating area. If you have a porch and patio, convert one or both into extra rooms.

5. Build a Bump Out

A less common way to add square feet is a bump out. This adds a small extension to an existing room to enlarge the space. The extension can be anywhere between 4 and 16 feet. Rooms benefiting from bump-outs are the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and laundry room.

6. Create a Dormer

Do you notice homes that have windows that stick out from the roof? These are dormers. On the outside, they act as the eyes of the house. On the inside, they form an interesting room addition that adds light and space to a cramped attic. They’re a good solution an attic since it’s a triangular structure that’s hard to convert into a bedroom. Types of dormers are gabled, hipped, shed, recessed, and eyebrow. 

As you can see, there are several ingenious ways to add space to a house that’s running out of it. It’s likely that at least one of the ideas above will work for you. Now that you’re inspired, contact us at SH Renovations in Norman, OK to learn more about the home additions we can build for you.