Is your family being stressed out by a serious lack of space? This is a thing that happens to lots of families as kids get older, people start home businesses, relatives move in, and possessions pile up. Houses that once seemed spacious are now anything but! Luckily, you don’t have to move. You can stay in the home you love and make sure everyone enjoys plenty of elbow room by working with your Framingham building contractor. There are three types of home expansion: keep reading to see what type would meet your family’s needs the best:
1. Home Additions
Home additions are the first thing many people think of when they hear the words “home expansion”, so we’ll start there. Home additions can be as small as a single room or as large as an entire story or more! First floor additions are great for housing home businesses or as living quarters for anyone who has difficulty with stairs. Second and third store additions are great places to put the master suite of your dreams, make sure each of your kids has their own room, or to add storage space.
2. Finishing the Basement or Attic
Find the extra space you’re looking for by checking in the attic or looking behind the basement door. While at first glance, these spaces may not appear to be promising, a skilled design/build contractor can work wonders. Attics are sometimes expanded by adding dormers – it’s a classic Framingham look and is a great way to give teenagers who need privacy some space of their own. Basement conversions are a smart route to home expansion. A very popular choice is to turn the basement into a small, self-contained apartment complete with a mini kitchen and bathroom for adult children. Of course, both attics and basements are ideal for extra storage space as well!
3. Changing the Existing Floor Plan
If you have a huge great room no one uses and no place to put your home office, or the kitchen’s way too huge for a family that never cooks, talk to your Framingham building contractor about your home’s current configuration and if the layout could be changed to better meet your family’s needs. Floor plans are more flexible than many people realize. While there will always be some walls and structural elements that can’t be moved because they provide structural support, there’s a lot you can do to rearrange your current floor plan. This can give your family extra space without expanding the home’s footprint or impacting your property tax bill!