What do you need to do to get ready?
You might have seen that classic film, Father Of The Bride 2. There’s that whole bit where Martin Short plays the eccentric wedding planner/designer ‘Franck’, and in response to a request to plan a baby shower, he proceeds to add on an entire nursery suite to the house. Granted, the logic behind the decision-making was a little shaky there, since the family lives in a rather large home to begin with. But it does address a problem that most people will face at some point in their life: growing families require more space.
Even if you have enough actual rooms, the usage of space can get all out of sync. It’s easy to theorize about converting the office or playroom into another bedroom. Sure, it might be small, but that’s okay. We can talk ourselves into taking the obvious, quicker, less expensive solution, and not see all the potential resulting problems.
On the other hand, sometimes you don’t want to jump to call a room addition contractor. Sometimes you want to just do a remodel. HGTV addresses that issue at length, pointing out that even a home addition contractor needs to approach the home addition as a remodel.
With all that in mind, here are a few scenarios, followed by the optimal solutions:
Should You Call A Home Addition Contractor?
Scenario 1) You don’t have enough space to put everything. You’re reasonably organized, but there is just not enough closet/cupboard room to store everyone’s clothing, cleaning is futile, because other toys/books/important papers get pulled out and have no place to go back to, and you’re at the end of your rope.
Solution: Call the room addition contractors! You can get plenty of space-savers, but that won’t change anything if you just severely lack square footage.
Scenario 2) You’ve got plenty of space, but a shortage of rooms. Perhaps you have a large attic or furnished basement, but just a couple large bedrooms.
Solution: Divide it up! If there’s no need to add on more square footage, save time and money on home addition costs by remodeling and reworking the existing floor plan.
Scenario 3) Like scenario 2, only you have multiple smaller rooms; small kitchen, small living room, small dining room, small office, small laundry room, small bedrooms.
Solution: There are two options: you can follow solution 2, and rearrange the existing floor plan to end up with fewer, more open rooms. If, however, that means eliminating crucial elements, then it might be time to draw up room addition floor plans.
Is your family expanding, and your living space shrinking? Consult the experience and excellence of How Building Services to determine what step to take next.