And because a finished basement is on most people’s checklist when searching for a home, you can expect this project to recoup its investment come resell.
Home Additions that Aren’t Your Average Au Pair
Adding space to your home is an investment in your home…so, why not make it an investment that’s going to fit your lifestyle, or if you plan to sell, provide you with a high ROI? Here are the top five home addition types that will make great interior renovating projects and additions to your Westfield home:
- House or room addition
- Bump out
- Garage conversion
House or room addition
With this type, a new room is added to the house: great room, dining room, family room, master bathroom, or media room (if you got inspired by the ideas above, and need more space for your growing family, this option is for you).
Bump outs are enhancements to an existing room. Homeowners often go this route if they’re looking to add more square footage to a particular space, like a cramped dining area that isn’t comfortable and lacks sufficient space to entertain and socialize.
Sunrooms have long been the red-headed stepchild of the home addition world, thought of as drafty structures of aluminum and thin glass that are either too cold or too hot. Thus, they never get used.
Pre-fabricated sunrooms have evolved. They can now be built with thermal-resistant glass.
What’s a room with natural lighting without plenty of greenery and a bistro table to enjoy a drink on during a hot New Jersey day? Not one designed for full enjoyment. Today’s conservatory designs can include fireplaces and full dining areas.
Garages are tempting to convert: the box is already there, so how hard can it be just to finish it? If you’re turning the garage into a general living space, the wiring and number of outlets already in place can usually be extended. Some garages already have drywall on the studs, leaving one less task to do.
But garage conversions come with some serious downsides. For one, it’s tough to make it blend in with the rest of the house on the outside, and for it to flow on the inside. HVAC systems need to be ducted to the garage. Garage conversions have low resale value, and houses with no garages are harder to sell.
If you want to put a picture to each example, you can find plenty of home addition types on our Instagram page.
Keep in mind that any type of house or room addition is like building a mini-house, complete with all the trappings of a house-build: architect, contractor, permits, wiring, HVAC, plumbing, change orders, and more.
Always consult with a professional before moving forward. In most cases, you’ll have to apply for certain permits. If you live in or near Westfield, New Jersey, we’ve provided a link to access Westfield building/remodeling permit requirements.
Interior Renovation Types for Old Homes
There are many historic homes in Westfield, NJ & surrounding townships. Many homes with character, history, and value. If you’ve recently decided to restore a home to its glory days, you’re likely to have a lot of questions. After all, undertaking a historic restoration isn’t the same as remodeling the average home. For that reason, we suggest you take a look at our blog on Starting Your Historic Home Renovation: What To Do & Not Do.
What about the best interior renovation types for old homes?
Each home is different and comes with its own charm. We suggest taking your concepts to an experienced historic home restoration contractor and getting their feedback on possibilities, limitations, materials, and timelines. In our experience, restoring staircases, fireplace surrounds, front porches, bathrooms, and kitchens make for the best types of interior renovation projects for historic homes.
Interior Renovation Ideas on a Budget
There are a variety of home renovation ideas on a budget you can gather from the web and social media. Below are our top blogs to reference when gathering project types and inspiration.
For both interior renovations and exterior renovations:
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Don’t worry, we wouldn’t sign off without giving you the information you need to get started. Here are 5 important things to keep in mind when considering a home remodel.
If you’d like more information on where to start when remodeling a house, reach out to schedule a free no-obligation consultation.