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Increase Value by Increasing Your Square Footage

Whether you have a large or small home, room and house additions are invaluable investments. Along with expanding your available storage and living space, adding rooms with features that are desirable to home buyers can increase the value of your home. But before you start adding an addition to your home, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Make sure to consult Glickman | Design Remodel Build before starting your project.

The first part of planning a home addition is finding inspiration. Below are some home addition ideas created by Glickman | Design Remodel Build and others that can help inspire your next home improvement project!

Plan a Second Story or Whole House Addition
One of the biggest home addition projects is adding a second story. Adding significant square footage dramatically increases the resale value of your home.

Put a Room Over the Garage
Creating flex space over a garage is a great way to add extra square footage without turning your home into a mess. With the foundation of the garage already in place, all you need are walls and a roof. Once it’s finished, you can use it as a home office, in-law suite or game room.

Finish Your Basement
Finishing your basement increases the livable square footage in your home, and it gives you an additional space you can use for a small apartment, a home theater, or an entertainment room.

Add On to Your Kitchen
Remodeling your kitchen—even on a minor scale—can provide a great return on investment. Expand your kitchen’s square footage by turning a flex space or bump-out addition into a walk-in pantry or breakfast nook. Kitchen remodel projects often recoup up to  93% of the cost at resale.

Expand the Bathroom
Increasing bathroom square footage can greatly increase the value of your home. Similar to a kitchen addition, bathroom projects have an ROI of up to 62%. Looking for bathroom addition ideas? Try extending your master bathroom to include space for a soaking tub or dual sinks. Or add a half-bath in an underutilized small space like under the stairs, a closet, an attic bonus room, or a basement.

Incorporate a Mudroom
While many homes have entryways, an entire mudroom addition is a handy way to keep shoes, coats, and backpacks all organized in one space. Installing wall hooks, built-in cabinets, lockers, or cubbies during the remodel adds both additional storage and visual appeal.

Change the Front Porch into a Sunroom
If you love spending time on your front porch, enclose it and turn it into a sunroom! In order for your porch to be considered livable square footage, it needs to have heating and be accessible from the house. Make your sunroom addition feel like a second living room with lamps, comfortable furniture, and plenty of seating.

Consider a Bump-Out Addition
Cantilevered house bump outs are small extensions (or micro-additions) of rooms that can be considered extra square footage. Bump-out additions can be as small as two feet and as large as 10-15 feet. Because bump outs do not require a roof or foundation work, the cost of bump-out additions can be 15-30% less than a conventional addition. Some bump-out ideas for small rooms include creating a window nook in a living room, building a walk-in closet, adding a space for a bathtub in a bathroom, or increasing the space of a kitchen to allow for counter space.

How to get started? 
We encourage you to research, ask your friends and family and noodle a bit over how you would enhance your home to truly make it “Your Home For Life”. Then call Glickman |Design Remodel Build. We’ve been helping homeowners just like yourself in the DMV for over 40 years with creative design and premium quality construction.

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