As an exciting way to update, expand, and improve a home, a home addition is a major renovation project that may take many forms. Perhaps a new addition to the family calls for an extra bedroom. Maybe the family has always wanted a big entertainment room, and a new family room would offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy music and movies.
Since a home addition is usually classified as a significant renovation project that requires a sizeable investment, figuring out the best size for a home addition is research well spent. The size of a home addition may be impacted by the location of the addition, as well as the purpose of the room when it's completed.
Figuring Out Costs
According to project advice site Remodeling, the average cost of an attic bedroom in the South Atlantic region where Virginia homeowners live is $49,438 while adding a family room onto the home runs an average of $80,765. A master suite addition has an average cost of $103,844, while the ultimate in additions – the two-story addition – costs an average of $155,365.
These costs will vary depending on the size of the addition, but some families may decide to choose an extra attic bedroom instead of a master-suite addition if cost is a guiding factor in project scope and size.
Evaluating Current Size Against Projected Size
An interesting article from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) offers details the average size of major rooms within the average house. These percentages are a great place to start to figure out how big your addition might eventually become and the costs associated with it.
For example, perhaps you're interested in creating a new master bedroom. In a house that's smaller than 2,000 square feet, the master bedroom has an average size of 231 square feet. In a home that's over 3,000 square feet, that average size increases to 411 square feet.
Alternatively, if you're looking to add a new family room, the average size in a home of less than 2,000 square feet will tend to be around 311 square feet. A family room addition to a home that exceeds 3,000 square feet will be an average of 503 square feet.
You can also consider the average percentages for room sizes for determining the necessary square footage for your new addition. In the average home built in the last few years, the family room constitutes 11.5% of the total space in the home. On average, the master bedroom constitutes 12%.
Obviously, these percentages might not reflect a home that was built several decades ago or which would be classified as a historic property.
Choosing the Top Features for a Home Addition
One of the most exciting parts of the home addition process is choosing the amenities in the new space. For a master bedroom addition, homeowners often want a spectacular bathroom with features like double sinks and walk-in closets. The bedroom area might feature a sitting area near a window or French doors that lead onto a terrace or porch.
Note that the little features you include in your home addition will increase the price, so sometimes it's important to budget size against features. Are you more interested in getting as much space as possible? You might add the luxury conveniences at a later date or consider making the addition slightly smaller in favor of installing a more luxurious decor in the finished space.
Let Us Design the Addition of Your Dreams
Deciding to build an addition onto your home is a big step, and you'll benefit from a professional's advice on your project. If you're looking for a Yorktown home renovation contractor, contact us today about a FREE Full Home Renovation Consultation or call us at 1-757-243-1976.