Does Bigger Mean Better?
It’s important to realize that bigger doesn’t always mean better, particularly when it comes to increasing the square footage of your home.
Adding only a few extra feet to your kitchen, master bath, or bedroom, if designed well, can provide you with exactly what you need and cost substantially less than a larger home addition.
Keeping the exterior simple and rectangular in its design is far more cost effective than a more complicated structure that’s angled or curved in any way. If you need a little extra space in the living room, for example, consider projecting out a few feet from the exterior wall and create a quaint, cozy seating nook or sunroom.
Creating more space can be tough on any budget. However, a great cost effective alternative is to borrow some extra space from neighboring rooms or infrequently used areas. Repurposing and reconfiguring existing space is more eco-friendly.
Why not use a room you already have and turn your existing front porch into that charming entrance you’ve been longing for? If your kitchen is tight and compartmentalized and backs on to a butler’s pantry, mudroom, or oversized dining room, the more sensible solution would be to re-plan the kitchen by borrowing space from these adjacent rooms. When planning a mudroom, make it large enough to store outdoor equipment and outerwear, in addition to a washer, dryer, sink, and cabinets for storage.
If this doesn’t suit your family’s needs then consider the best of both worlds and “renov-add-on”. (Renovate and add on)!
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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca.
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