If you’re like a lot of Kennebunk homeowners, you may find yourself facing a unique dilemma: You love your property, except for one issue—it just doesn’t have the space you require anymore. This can happen for so many reasons, like needing more room for a newborn or an aging relative, wanting more kitchen space to cater to guests, or fitting in a proper area for working from home.
The good news is, you don’t have to move, or even remodel existing rooms to meet your needs. A home addition can be a perfect solution!
Here are eight fantastic ways to increase the square footage for your home with an addition—which not only can solve your space issues, but also give you greater equity and possibly even an additional source of income.
Adding Space to Your Home Can Serve Many Useful Purposes
Home additions aren’t just a way to “create a room.” They can actually solve a lot of issues you have with your current house. Dream a little about options like these:
1. Kitchen Bump-Out / Full Addition
The most used room in a house is typically the kitchen, so when it’s too small or doesn’t have sufficient storage or counter space, it’s frustrating. While a kitchen remodel can help with these issues, many homeowners need more space than what a remodel can give. Solve that with an elegant, functional bump-out extension of an existing room or even a full addition to fully transform your family’s kitchen experience for years to come. Plus, it’ll be one of the wisest renovation investments you’ll ever make.
2. Master Suite Addition
Many older, cottage-style homes in New England can’t boast the kind of modern master suite today’s homeowners crave. A master bedroom addition with an attached bathroom is the type of remodeling project that not only brings personal comfort and enjoyment, but also pays off in equity value. Ultimately, the gorgeous walk-in closet, heated floors, soaking tubs and other amenities that come with a new master suite addition solve a myriad of space issues and end a lot of frustrations.
3. New Entertaining Area
If there seems to be too little room for entertaining, then it’s a great idea to add places where friends and family can gather for holiday events or come to enjoy your home’s relaxing coastal views. A home addition specifically designed for entertainment, with a bar area for guests, plenty of seating, and lots of TV wall space to display the big game, can completely change how you feel about your Kennebunk home.
4. Sunroom Add-On
When nearly four months out of the year are cold, the addition of a three-season sunroom to any Kennebunk home can help make the summer season last a little longer. Add a sunny, leisurely component to your coastal Cape Cod or Colonial style home that you can take advantage of nearly year-round, and you’ll feel like your home has expanded to twice its size.
5. Laundry Room Bump-Out
Bringing in a trade professional to add a dedicated laundry room makes life easier and increases your home’s overall value, because homebuyers consider such areas a must. But if your home was never designed with that in mind, a simple bump-out addition that contains your washer and dryer, as well as counter space for folding clothes, is a win-win. A laundry room addition on one side of the master bedroom or attached to your walk-in-closet is a game-changer.
6. Mudroom Build-Out
For decades, mudrooms have often been an overlooked feature in a home. Those days are gone. In today’s world, having a well-organized place where dirty boots, dingy jeans and smelly gym clothes can be shed before entering the home is a definite must. Having this important room added onto a house gives you the space to properly enter the home without tracking the rest of the world inside.
7. Dormer Addition
A dormer addition extends outward from your home’s upper floor to provide more headroom and a welcome window to an upstairs room. They are set either on the face of the exterior wall or high up on the roof, and their roofs may be gabled, hipped, flat, or with one slope to create a unique look to fit your architecture. Dormers not only expand an upstairs bedroom or an attic and provide much needed light, but they also add tremendous curb appeal, making a home look and feel larger.
8. Rentable Living Space
If you have a detached garage, a pool house or another building on your property, building a livable space above it can solve space issues for your family. In some ways, this can cost less than adding to an attached garage since you will not have to contend with your house’s current roofline. Adding a room above a detached garage or similar area works great to house visiting guests as well as a place for crafting or working. It even provides a way to earn long-term rental income.
Addition vs Remodeling: Which Is Better?
While remodeling your home is a viable solution when an existing space isn’t working, an addition is often a better overall solution depending on the situation. Unlike a remodel which makes changes to existing rooms, additions don’t disrupt your day-to-day use of your home as much, and they can be as affordable as a remodel.
Get a Home Addition You’ll Love from Auld Building Company
You deserve a home that works well for your family’s current needs—without hassles that impact your daily lifestyle. So, get the extra space and new features you long for with a premier addition built with the detail-oriented craftsmanship our team is dedicated to giving you. As a top builder in the Kennebunk area, Auld Building Company knows how to provide you with upgrades that fit your lifestyle and preserve your home’s personality and character.
Learn more about our home additions, and reach out to us anytime with questions or to set up a consultation to discuss your unique home needs and dreams.