Is your home starting to feel too small or cramped? That can happen when your family grows, your children get older or your lifestyle changes. Fortunately, you don’t need to abandon the house you love simply because it no longer fits with your current circumstances. Instead, you can add the square footage you need, in whatever way you need it.
Whether that involves building an extra bedroom for your soon-to-be teenager, creating a guestroom for visiting relatives or adding a home office to accommodate, Black Dog Homes can help. Through our design-build process, we help families across the West Suburbs of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area expand their homes to better suit their evolving lifestyle needs and future goals.
What are Common Types of Home Additions?
The beauty of home additions is that they come in all shapes and sizes. With a customized remodeling plan, you can add space to your home that is tailored to serve whatever function you desire. Here are some of the most popular types of home additions in the West Suburbs:
1. Bathroom Additions
If you’re tired of sharing bathroom space with other household members or you long for a luxurious bath to complement your master suite, consider adding a second—or third or fourth—bathroom to your home. You can choose a small powder room, a bathroom designated for your kids or a full bathroom that is reserved for guests. When it comes to home additions, bathrooms are bit more complex because of the numerous fixtures involved, from vanities and bathtubs to showers and toilets. You also have to extend your plumbing system.
2. Bedroom Additions
Bedroom additions are suitable for numerous life changes. Maybe your children are growing older and needing their privacy. Maybe you’re preparing for an aging parent to move in with you. Maybe you want to host guests more comfortably. Whatever the reason, you can add on a bedroom of any size to accommodate this purpose. You may also prefer to design the new room as your home office, library, media room or home theater. We can help you select the right flooring, built-ins, wall treatments, entrance points, windows and other features, depending on how you plan to use the space.
Sunrooms tend to be smaller than a full-size addition, and they’re built to provide supplemental living space. You may also hear them referred to as solarium rooms or patio rooms. Typically, sunrooms are made with prefabricated materials and not meant to be year-round living spaces, unless they’re engineered to be heated and cooled effectively. However, sunrooms can provide a versatile area for entertaining guests, doing work on a laptop or eating a meal with your family.
4. Bump Outs
In the context of home remodeling, a bump out refers to adding space to an existing room, such as a kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. For example, you may want to convert a standard-sized bathroom into a large, upscale master bath, or add a dining area or custom bar to your kitchen. Rather than extending the room within the existing footprint of your home and taking up other livable space, you add square footage by building out. This project typically involves foundation work and either laying down a new roofline or adding a flat roof.
5. In-law Suites
As multigenerational living becomes more popular, you may consider creating an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) or in-law suite. This involves building a private, apartment-like space that includes everything needed to live independently, such as a bathroom and en suite kitchen space. In-law units or ADUs can be attached to your main home or built as standalone structures.
6. Second-story Additions
If you don’t have the space on your property to build out, you can instead create a second story or add onto your existing second story. Constructing an entirely new level is a major project that involves tearing off your roof, installing a staircase, and strengthening your existing walls and foundation. However, you won’t lose any valuable outdoor space in your yard by building vertically.
How Much Does an Addition Cost in the West Suburbs?
The cost of home addition in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area varies based on several factors, including the intended size or square footage, the type of space being built and the current layout of your home. Spaces that involve extensive plumbing, electrical and HVAC work or large fixtures tend to require a larger investment. For example, adding a new bathroom costs between $20,000 to $50,000 on average, whereas adding a bedroom or home office ranges from about $15,000 to $30,000. Once we know what type of livable space you need for your home, we can help you design a plan and develop a budget based on real costs.
Working with Our Design-Build Process
Adding onto your home—whether up or out—is a complex project, and when you’re making an investment to improve your home, you want to be sure you get the most from it.
Maximizing the value of your house expansion or addition starts with careful planning, preparation and design. That’s where our six-step design-build process comes into play.
We want to help you develop a plan that captures your vision and project priorities within the budget you’ve allotted for the project. We handle the important pre-construction tasks, such as hiring subcontractors, pulling permits and establishing a production schedule. Meanwhile, with design-build, you benefit from having one source of accountability and one point of contact from start to finish, leading to a more seamless, efficient home expansion process.
Expanding Your Home in the West Suburbs
Families grow and change, and homes need to as well. Whether you require a simple bump out, a mother-in-law suite or an entire new level on your house, our team at Black Dog Homes has the experience and expertise to guide you through both design and construction. With our customizable house addition services, we can modify your existing structure to accommodate whatever your family needs to live comfortably in the West Suburbs.