There are almost as many ways to get the extra living space you need in your home as there are reasons you want ─ or need ─ to add more elbow room. You could finish the basement or add a second level to a one-story home. Another option is the addition of a suite. A “suite solution” is a room that includes a bathroom accessed from the room rather than a shared hallway. It satisfies the need not just for more space but lets you think ahead to add living space that can easily adapt as your needs change.
If you’re intrigued by the idea of a home addition suite, the creative possibilities are exciting!
Flex Your Space
Many new homes being built today have a room that’s like one of those “Choose Your Own Adventure” children’s books. A “flex” suite addition can be anything you want it to be and can change as your lifestyle and family continue to evolve. It could be used as a playroom, den, library, study, entertainment room, game room, hobby room, guest room, home gym, or any combination of these.
Full house to empty nest
If you have young children, a roomy first-floor playroom is a smart investment that provides an active family all the convenience of an indoor play space. What happens once the kids have outgrown the playroom? A well-designed addition can be remodeled into one of today’s most desirable home features: a first-floor master bedroom suite. The addition might include a half-bath, but with room in the floor plan to add a full bath down the road.
A new master suite on the first floor is not only a quiet retreat at the end of a busy day, but it can also be a practical solution for the future you. If you love your home and want to stay in it as long as possible into the future, the addition of a master bedroom and bathroom on the first floor helps make that happen.
In-boxes to in-laws
As part of today’s remodeling to add a home office, a suite with its own bathroom will make the space work well now and also later if you need to plan for aging parents to join you for a safe yet independent lifestyle. Ground floor additions are ideal for in-law suites, so seniors won’t have to walk up and down stairs. Also consider implementing Universal Design features such as wider doors, an accessible full bathroom, and extra lighting for safety and full enjoyment of the space.
Elegant features such as built-in cabinetry, a fireplace, or a vaulted ceiling can give the office an impressive ambiance today, while giving the future in-law suite a touch of luxury.
Homework to workouts
What you may have found that you need is an extra study room for the kids. What you ultimately want in the future, however, is a dedicated room for a home gym. By thinking ahead, we can design for the immediate family needs but keep in mind how you’ll use it later. Once the kids are out of the house, convert the space to your own personal fitness club with a spa-like full bath.
If you’d like to take a look at some “suite” possibilities for your own home addition, give us a call. We can help you determine if this is the solution you’re looking for!