Jun 19 2009
There are many ways to add extra value to your new home. You will not have all the options to make the home improvements one might tackle when remodeling an older home such as adding new windows, redesigning the kitchen to be more user friendly and energy efficient or adding modern features, but there are plenty of ways to add value to a relatively new home.
Begin by considering your family’s needs and lifestyle and decide what type of addition will deliver the most benefit in terms of purpose, functionality and usable space. A few popular additions that will add value to your home are listed below. Each offers a specific purpose and increased functionality when it comes to everyday living.
Finished Basement – If your home is built on a basement foundation, consider finishing this space. You’ll have plenty of room for a family, recreation or hobby room, extra bedrooms for growing children (like your teenagers) or guests, an additional bathroom or two, a home office or whatever other special space your family may need. Furthermore, you can finish a portion of the space for the rooms your family needs and continue to use the remaining space for storage or finish the entire basement providing maximum livability.
Finished Bonus Room – Perhaps you have a bonus room on the second floor or above the garage that you did not finish when your home was built because you did not need it or did not have the funds to finish it at that time. Now, there may be a need for an office, exercise area, extra bedroom or guest suite. You might even consider finishing the bonus room to serve multiple purposes satisfying more than one need.
Deck – Do you have a backyard with a view? Do you love spending time outdoors? Consider adding a deck to the rear of your home. This space extends the living areas creating an outdoor living space great for relaxing, reading, visiting with neighbors, grilling your favorite meats, dining outdoors and holding summertime barbecues with family and friends. Finishing your deck with a gourmet grill, built-in bench seating or making it a screened-in porch provides further functionality and comfort. Adding a deck to your home increases property value and provides a great space for quiet time and entertaining.
Garden Shed – If you love being outdoors and take pride in your yard and flower or vegetable garden, you may have a need for a garden shed. Adding a garden shed to your backyard provides the ideal place for storing lawn and garden tools and supplies and keeps them handy, but out of sight.
Detached Garage – There are many reasons to add a detached garage to your backyard. Maybe you have a growing family fleet and need a place for your teenage drivers to store their cars. Perhaps you are a water sports enthusiast and need shelter for your boat, canoe, jet ski or fishing equipment. Crafters, woodworkers and owners of small home-based businesses might find that a detached garage makes the perfect workshop. Adding a garage to your new home offers flexibility for a variety of needs and purposes. Furthermore, detached garages come in a wide ranch of styles making it easy to find one to match your home. Also, they are available in a multitude of sizes and many offer special features ensuring you’ll find the right garage design to accommodate your needs, budget and lifestyle.
Whether your family needs extra living space in the basement, an outdoor place to enjoy Mother Nature or room to store an extra car or two, there are many ways to add value to your home and improve functionality in a practical way.