There’s nothing more appealing to a homeowner who loves to entertain than the thought of creating a warm and welcoming environment for whoever enters their home. Adding more space or brightening their existing home are ways the “hostess with the mostess” can use every available space. Whether it’s for hosting birthday parties, game nights, viewing parties or overnight houseguests, homeowners enclosing a patio or brightening up a room with new windows can update their home’s entertainment options.
Traditionally, to add more space and square footage to existing homes, homeowners have been encouraged by contractors to build and bump out entirely new rooms. While this is certainly one way to do it, homeowners often overlook areas of their home that provide different options for adding space.
Enclosing an already existing space or adding windows are two of the best ways to supplement the entertainment space of a home. Where traditional brick and mortar add-ons can cost homeowners thousands more, enclosed patios or are typically a fraction of the cost and take less time to be completed.
Bring the Outdoors In
Michigan homeowners choose the location of their home with care and often enjoy the idea of bringing the outdoors in. Bright, natural light in a room can make you feel like you’re outdoors, but without the harsh changes in weather and without pesky bugs and critters. It’s no wonder enclosed patios are increasingly popular among homeowners!
HomeAdvisor estimates that it can cost anywhere between $22,000-$66,000 (the national average being just over $43,000) to add an entire room to your home. There are many benefits, however, to adding an enclosed patio to your home. These spaces are versatile, providing plenty of natural light for a cozy reading space, growing plants and herbs, or setting up a private spa-like retreat.
Michigan weather is known to be changeable, but nothing is more consistent than the cold winter months that loom over the entire state from December through March. Traditional home add-ons are required to have central heating and cooling as well as installments for electricity. If you’re hoping to use the extra space as a bedroom or extended living and entertainment area, you might consider these components for added usability and comfort. These enclosures are built to last throughout hot summer days as well as frigid winter nights. Having a room that can adjust to any outside temperature is imperative if you’re considering using the space during all four seasons.
Other Uses for Your New Space
In addition to supplementing the square footage of your home, there are various other uses for adding onto your house. Consider these 5 options for your new space!
Need space to host more guests? Set up some furniture, a coffee table, and maybe a television in for added entertainment options. One of the main and obvious benefits is a room with extra light. A room made up of 80% windows, allows for both the heat of the sun to warm the space, as well as a view of the outdoors.
As an additional space, the enclosed patio can be used as a guest bedroom if you need a place to host friends and family for extended stays. A fold-out couch and some curtains or shades will provide comfort and versatility to any sunny room addition.
Enclosed additions are also perfect as a playroom if you have young children or grandchildren, as space will allow them to play with their toys in a safe, bright area. Consider putting in a projector and screen for their very own “outdoor” movie room (or yours, too!)
Needing a place to put your workout gear? Consider using your sunny space as a personal workout studio or gym! The added space plus the versatility of the light and outdoor views would make for a fine in-home gym.
Having a retreated space just for work and concentration within your own home is an almost priceless bonus. Set up your most comfortable chair in a cozy corner, and use the space as a quiet reading retreat in the afternoon or evenings!
Whatever your needs or preferences, adding a room or windows to your home increases its value not only to you now, but to future homebuyers as well. There’s likely always going to be a need for more space, whether for entertainment purposes or for personal needs.
Our friendly, attentive, professional staff at John McCarter Construction can help you dream and plan the perfect sunny room addition that is right for you. Whether it is a build-out or an enclosed patio, give us a call today for a free quote and consultation!