There are many reasons to add a bedroom addition to your home. Perhaps your parents are aging and you are planning on taking care of them. Perhaps the siblings no longer have


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adequate space in the room they share. Or perhaps, you have just had a new addition to the family yourself. Whatever the reason if you are considering upgrading your home with a new bedroom addition, then there are many questions you likely need answered.

Your first question is likely what options you have. There are two ways you can go about this, you can build a new addition to the home, or use the existing space within your home for the addition.

Do you have space available within your home that you could convert to an additional bedroom?

• Can the roof be raised to provide the additional space required for a bedroom addition?

• Do you have an area in the home that is not frequently used that may be converted?

• Does your home have an attic that can be converted allowing you the space needed for the additional bedroom?

• Does your home have a basement that can be converted?

The first thing to determine is where the room will be built.

• Will the addition of the room be in legal distance from your property line?

• Are you okay with giving up yard space for the addition?

• How will the plans be affected by the terrain of your property? Will it be necessary to remove trees? Will you be building on a slope? Will runoff of rain water be affected by the addition?

• Will the direction of the room provide sufficient or too much light?

• How will the new addition affect other areas of the existing structure? Will the new structure interfere with a view from the home or existing light? Will you need to traverse an existing room for access to the addition or will access to the room be reasonable?

• How will the lines of the home and roof intersect with the new addition?

• Will there be any interference to neighboring homes?

• Will the exterior look of your home be affected?

Once you have determined the location of the room, you can then consider the design of the bedroom addition. When planning, it will be necessary to consider your neighborhood and the exterior of your home and the impact the new addition will have.

• Will there be space under the foundation? If yes, how will the space be used?

• Design the roof line so that it will connect seamlessly with the rest of the roof.

• Choose exterior wall and roofing materials that match or blend well with the existing structure and neighborhood.

• Choose windows that match or blend with existing windows and window placements.

Now consider the interior of your home and the impact the addition will have.

• How will access to the room be constructed? How will this affect the cost of the project? Will it be necessary to access the new addition through an existing room? Will you add a hall or hallway to enter the room? How will this affect other rooms in the home? Will the other rooms maintain their functionality?

• Will it be necessary to tear out walls in order to connect the new addition to the existing structure?

Next you will begin designing the new addition.

• How will access to the bathroom be accomplished?

• What will be the design and location for the closet? Will you have a walk-in closet or will it have sliding doors, or folding doors?

• What will be the location of the windows and what type of windows will you install?

• Will the new addition have an adjacent bathroom?

• What will be the design of the ceiling? Will you construct a tray ceiling? A pitched ceiling? Will the room have a ceiling fan?

• After determining the location of doors, closets, and windows you will want to consider the wall space that is left available or the positioning of furniture.

• Decide whether you will have tile, carpet or hardwood for the flooring in the room.

• Consider the placement of air conditioning and heating ducts or baseboard units.

• Consider where the television connections, electrical outlets, etc. will go.

• Will the room have sufficient natural lighting or will it be necessary to install additional light fixtures?

Now, it is time to plan the work involved and who will be performing the work.

• Visit your local government regarding specific work that must be completed by a licensed contractor, necessary permits and building codes.

• Begin planning the construction of your new addition. This includes its foundation, roof construction, wall demolition of the existing structure, exterior walls.

• Schedule framing, heating and cooling work, plumbing work and installation.

• Schedule window, door and floor installation

• Schedule finishing work such as installation of fixtures, wallpapering, painting, etc.

The addition of the new bedroom will not only provide the space that you need, it will add value to your home and you can expect to recover 75 to 90% at the time of selling the home.

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