Tips for Deciding on the Size of Your Room Addition

Some families change homes as needed to meet their individual needs. On the other hand, other homeowners remain determined to stay put and simply enlarge their homes to accommodate their changing needs. Deciding on the size of a room addition depends on a variety of factors. Creating a rough draft of a plan and consulting with an architectural designer can help you better determine the size of your room addition.

Identify the Purpose

When opting to increase a home’s interior space, the amount of added space depends on the purpose of the new room. A home office typically requires less space than a new master bedroom. Some homeowners might like a combination sunroom/greenhouse, which may not take up as much space unless the room is also intended for casual entertaining. Families might want to expand their current kitchens or dining rooms to accommodate more loved ones on a daily basis or during special occasions. More bedroom space might be another reason to add on. 


When creating a rough plan, include any appliances, furnishings, and storage space intended to occupy the room to provide a better idea of the actual floor space needed. Consulting with designers helps homeowners plan the desired space that fulfills the intended purpose while fitting into their existing budgets. For this reason, when they work with room additions contractors, San Diego homeowners should choose professionals with experience in design.

Determine the Location of the Addition

The new room might be added to the ground floor or become a second-floor addition. A spacious attic, an existing covered patio, an unfinished basement, or an attached garage are ideal locations to consider renovating into a new type of living space. Depending on the new room’s purpose, the size of the space is already determined. Using the existing framework may save a bundle in construction costs. However, costs will also rely on what, if any, structural changes are needed. Think about the inclusion of windows, doorways, second-floor access, or possible exterior entryways. Other considerations include the ease or difficulty of linking any necessary electrical, plumbing, or HVAC systems to current construction details. Neighborhood and community building codes may also play a role as to where to build the addition. These are other good reasons to consult with a design contractor.

Know Your Home’s Age & Current Size

Various rooms within a home often occupy a predetermined percentage of space compared to the residence’s complete square footage. For example, a typical master bedroom commonly has square footage equal to 12 percent of the home’s entire floor space. Family rooms or living rooms often encompass 11 percent of the home’s space. Thus, a master bedroom in a 10-year-old 2,500-square-foot home encompasses approximately 300 square feet. A living room in the same home takes up 287 square feet.
However, when planning an addition for an older room, the dimensions may differ. Older homes often have smaller rooms, which negates the percentage calculation option. Homeowners should then plan their new rooms according to the specific amount of space needed.The Forever Builders team will assist you through every step of your room addition. San Diego homeowners rely on us to provide the most affordable home remodeling services and ensure their visions become reality. From design to completion, we’ll help you create the room addition you’ve always wanted, meeting all your expectations while keeping your costs within budget. To find out more about our exceptional remodeling services, give one of our friendly team members a call today at (833) 243-5624.

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