New modern room addition with patio furniture and summertime woods in the background.

How to Choose the Best Room Addition for Your Home

It is a fact of life that room additions are not cheap. It is also true that a an addition can be necessary, such as when a family has grown and the home needs to be expanded to accommodate them. But even if you don’t have kids or want more room for entertaining, new additions to a home can still provide some benefits. For instance, sunroom additions and 3 season rooms can be used as an office space, playroom, or just a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

When it comes time to think about room additions, many homeowners automatically think about expanding the living space in their homes. While this is a great option, it’s not the only one. If you’re looking to add value to your home with a new add-on space, you might want to consider a sunroom addition, 3-season room, or even a 4-season room.

These types of additional rooms are popular among homeowners because they provide an extra living space to enjoy the outdoors without having to deal with the elements. Not only that, but sunroom additions and 3 season rooms can also be used as an office space, playroom, or just a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

So, how do you choose the best room addition for your home? Here are a few things to consider:

1. Choose the room type for your addition.

Do you want an enclosed space or one that is open to the outdoors? If you want an enclosed room, then a sunroom addition or 3 season room might be a good option. If you’re looking for an outdoor room, then a 4 season room might be a better choice. 

2. Determine the room size and shape you want.

When it comes time to choose a room addition, one of the most important factors to consider is the size and shape of the room. This will determine how much space you have to work with and what type of furniture or other items you can put in the room. In addition to exploring online designs for your new space, bear in mind that you can custom build your new room to your taste.

3. Consider the exterior of your home when choosing a room addition.

When choosing a room addition, it’s important to consider the exterior of your home. This will help you determine if the addition will match the style and look of your home. If you’re not sure about the exterior of your home, you can always consult with a professional to help you choose the best new room for your home.

Modern sunroom addition conservatory extending into the garden with a featured brick wall.
This sunroom addition incorporates the homes exterior as an attractive object wall in the design.

4. Factor in the climate in your area.

If you live in an area with harsh winters, a sunroom addition or 3 season room might not be the best choice. Conversely, if you live in an area with mild winters, then a sunroom addition or 3 season room might be a great option for you.

In a colder climate, a 4 season room might be a better choice. However, if you live in a much warmer climate, then a 4 season room might not even be necessary, and you may want to consider an outdoor living room. We see all of these options being used in our service area here in Southern Missouri.

5. Don't forget about the permits!

Once you’ve made your choices and it comes time to build your room addition, don’t forget about the permits! Many homeowners forget to get the necessary permits and end up having to pay fines. So, make sure you speak with your local building department to find out what type of permits you need and how to go about getting them.

6. Determine your budget.

Of course, one of the most important considerations when choosing a room addition is your budget. New additions can be expensive, so it’s important to determine how much you’re willing to spend on the project before you begin.

Building a new add-on for your home is similar to building a house. So when adding space to your home, it’s important not only that you take into account the size and shape of the structure that is being added on, but also how much expense will go into installing all the required fixtures and finishing. A qualified remodeling contractor or general contractor can help you think through some of those expenses during the planning phase of your addition.

7. Choose a contractor you can trust.

Hiring a reputable general contractor to complete your room addition project is usually the best option. The general contractor, or “GC”, will likely have their own crew of salaried carpenters who perform much of the work. However, GCs also work with specialty subcontractors like plumbers, electricians, and HVAC contractors. These subcontractors will be hired for specific tasks during construction depending on what you need to be done.

We cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to find the best contractor for your project. When you’re picking out a general contractor, make certain that they can work with your schedule and be responsive. Get recommendations from friends or family members who have worked with them in the past. And if none of those are available then go ahead and interview several different companies until you find one who will commit to your project on your terms.

When interviewing contractors, be sure to ask about a contract as well as options and plans to control costs. Prices can spiral out of control when an unscrupulous contractor has no price constraints and accountability built into the project.

Happy woman shaking hands with her sunroom contractor.

Are you looking to add an extra room to your home?

Brian Williams Custom Homes can help you turn that dream into a reality! We specialize in building beautiful, high-quality room additions that will perfectly match the style and feel of your home. Your sunroom addition, 3 season room, 4 season room, or kitchen bump-out will be tailored specifically to your needs and desires. Plus, we offer a wide range of customization options so you can get the perfect addition for your home.

Our team of experts will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your addition is exactly what you’ve always wanted.

Schedule a free consultation today and see how Brian Williams Custom Homes can help you add value and space to create your dream home.

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