When you first bought your home, you might not have anticipated children. Whether it started off as being your starter home or you simply chose a smaller home because of not needing any extra room, now things have changed. You need to make room for kids, and this often involves a home addition.
Before you get started, you need to think about why you are no longer happy with the current home you are in. Is it that you don't have enough space? Are you lacking certain amenities? By answering these, you will then be able to determine whether using a home addition will be what's best to make room for kids.
Why selling your home isn't the best option
When you outgrow the space you have, the first thought may be to sell your home. However, this is not always the best option. Particularly in today's real estate market, home prices are on the rise. It could take a while for you to sell your home and find another one that you love. It may not be cost-effective, and you may not want to deal with having to pack up all of your belongings and move.
There's no reason for you to have to sell your home. Particularly if you love your house and the neighborhood you live in, you should be able to stay in your home. A home addition will allow you to simply have more space while maintaining the same address.
There may be a lot of redeeming qualities within the neighborhood you chose. Whether you have lived there in your entire life or have just moved, you may see yourself raising a family here. This is all the more reason to use a home extension to make room for kids as opposed to selling your home.
How to determine the desired amount of space
Making room for kids can be a challenge. Particularly within the current floor layout, there may not be enough space for creativity. You want kids to have the room they need in order to be able to play, have their personal space, and enjoy themselves.
Even if you do opt for shared space, at some point, you need to make sure that the shared space is sufficient as well. If you don't have the space in your current floor plan, you need to think about ways to get it.
While you may be able to do some remodeling, there may be the need to create more space. While you are creating the space, you may also want to create other rooms – such as a home office, a playroom, or even a larger dining room in order to accommodate your growing family.
When you are going to schedule a home addition, you need to be realistic about the amount of space that you need. There's nothing more frustrating than having to add additional space once you have already gone through a home addition before.
It's best to give yourself more space. Children tend to spread out, so you may want to consider providing them with a play room in addition to a bedroom. You may also consider whether you need just one extra bedroom or if you need multiple – if you are planning on having several more children.
This is not a decision you should make lightly, and therefore you need to truly take the opportunity to sit down and do some planning. The more you know about your future, the easier it will be to create more space for kids.
What a home extension can provide you
A home extension can provide you with as much space as you need. Depending upon your home, the amount of space you require, as well as your lot size, there are several options available to you. You can choose to build up or out.
When it comes to expanding your home, you have to take a look at your current floor plan and decide where you want your additions to be. If you have a second floor already on your home, you may want to add a third. If your land plot allows, you may also want to spread out.
Important decisions have to be made because you have kids. If you eliminate too much of your land in order to expand, you may not have a backyard for them to play in. This eliminates such things as a playground, a swimming pool, or anything else you may want to have for the kids to enjoy as they get older.
There are options to go out and about, as well. This will allow you to expand upon your current home layout in ways that work best for you, your growing family, and your budget.
In the end, you have to look at a home addition similar to how you would look at purchasing a new home. If you could expand any area in your home, where would it be? It may not be limited to one room. Although you need another bedroom or two for kids, you may also want a larger kitchen, a large playroom, a larger dining room, and even another bathroom or two.
This creates a large project, but may be what's ultimately best for you. It will ensure that you get to keep the home that you love and make room for all of the new family additions.
For more information on how to make a home extension work for you and your family contact Hopkins & Porter.