A Helpful Guide to 4 Popular Home Additions

Whether you’ve always intended to add onto your Carolina residence or your growing family now requires more space than you originally anticipated, considering a home addition is common. More and more families are choosing to add space to their current homes instead of moving. Preparing for an addition, though, can feel overwhelming, especially for Carolina homeowners who aren’t experienced with renovations.

In this guide, you’ll take a look at four popular types of home additions. Each section will help you understand details about that sort of remodeling project, including the average costs associated with it. The information that is presented here is meant to help you get started on your research, but it is not intended to take the place of talking to local builders about your specific project.

Bedroom additions

Bedrooms, including master suites, are the most common additions in the United States. In fact, over 200,000 American homeowners add on a bedroom space every year. An increasingly popular trend is the first-floor master bedroom suite. This is especially common among those who have found their “forever homes” and don’t want to have to worry about climbing stairs frequently as they age. 

The overall cost of bedroom additions can run the gamut. On the least expensive end of the spectrum, bedroom additions tend to cost about $20,000. The most costly bedroom add-ons can cost upwards of $60,000. The final price of a bedroom or master suite addition largely depends on the amount of square footage a homeowner wants and how high-end the finishes are. 

Bathroom additions

Bathroom additions are second only to bedrooms in the United States, including the Carolinas. About 150,000 American households add on a bathroom every year; some of these are included as ensuites in bedroom additions. Because the finishes in bathrooms can range widely, from builder-grade to extreme luxury, the final cost can be anywhere from $25,000 to $75,000. 

Family room/den additions

About 100,000 American families per year add family rooms or dens onto their houses. These spaces can be used for a variety of purposes, from play spaces for kids to home offices to theatres. Generally, family room and den additions cost between $15,000 and $45,000. Converting an existing basement into a family room is the least expensive way to “add” one of these rooms, but many homeowners opt to add ground-floor spaces instead. 

Kitchen additions

Since all American homes generally already have kitchen areas, kitchen additions are usually meant to add square footage to an existing space or relocate the kitchen to another area of a house. Kitchen additions are very pricey, usually costing anywhere from $50,000 to over $100,000. 

Some of this cost comes from the fact that cabinetry, appliances, new plumbing lines, and new wiring can all be expensive projects in their own right. When all of these jobs, plus counter and floor installation, are combined into a single kitchen addition, the final cost can quickly skyrocket. 

Hopefully, this brief look at common home additions will help you start preparing for your upcoming North Carolina or South Carolina remodeling project. Take your time finding the right contractor to handle your job. Feeling confident about who is overseeing work on your property will reduce your stress level throughout the renovation process. Best of luck!

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