One of the most important factors that potential homeowners look for when buying new property is the number of bedrooms in a house. That being said, just because you already own your house doesn’t mean you’re stuck with the number of bedrooms that you currently have. Renovating for a new bedroom is a project that offers convenience, but also a very profitable ROI.
Why Renovate For an Additional Bedroom?
There are a number of reasons that you might consider more bedrooms now than you did when you originally bought your home. The most common reason for our customers needing more space is because their family has expanded. This is an especially popular project as kids are getting older and no longer can share a room. That’s why with school starting back up, we’ve seen an uptick in these types of renovations.
An additional bedroom in your home is also convenient for other reasons. Besides kids, maybe you have an elderly family member that is going to be moving in and want their own bedroom. Even if the room isn’t 100% occupied, having a spare bedroom is great to have for when guests sleep over. Some of our customers even add the extra sleeping area as a way to make money. They can either charge people to live in their own home or gain that much more extra monthly profit on a rental property.
Where Does the Spare Bedroom Come From?
Of course you’re not going to put a futon in the kitchen and call it a bedroom. Therefore the space has to come from somewhere. Most commonly the ‘new’ bedroom does come from square footage that is already available. These include:
- Basements – may require framing and insulating walls and adding some sort of livable flooring.
- Attics – may require running the HVAC up to the area since it has a tendency to get so warm. Also electrical will be needed and Minneapolis windows need to be added.
- Garage – if the garage was framed with bonus trusses it can be converted to a bedroom but will need framing, electrical, insulating, etc.
- Spare Rooms – depending on the layout of your home, converting an area such as a dining room or a study into a functional bedroom will improve on the market value of your property.
When renovating for a bedroom you can also add-on to your existing square footage. This is usually a more in-depth project as it involves pouring a concrete slab to build on and integrating the existing room into the new space. Not to mention running electrical, buying windows, and all the other details that new construction brings with it. Some people want extra bedrooms but simply don’t have space available so adding on is their only option.
If you want to legally classify a room in your house as a bedroom there are a number of building codes that need to be followed. For example a bedroom needs at least two forms of egress – commonly a door and a window. Bedroom ceiling heights need to be at a minimum of 7 feet as well. You also need to renovate for comfort too with enough natural light, ventilation, and room (the room cannot be smaller than 7 feet in any horizontal direction).
Extra bedrooms can add a lot of convenience and options for a home. Home renovation companies can assist with a design consultation and quote. Snap Construction is available to help with your insulating, windows, doors, siding, or Minneapolis roofing needs if adding on to your home. It’s that easy!