Building a family room addition can greatly improve the functionality of a home and increase the usable living space. A family room can be used for many different functions, from hosting large gatherings to adding an impressive home theater system for movie nights. Depending on the homeowner’s dream for the addition, there are many different features and facets to take into consideration when planning the design for the addition of a family room.
Location of New Family Room
The first consideration is where in the home the family room will be located. Many homeowners choose to add the family room right next to the kitchen. This can make the usable kitchen space seem larger, while putting the family room in the most convenient spot to have food served from the kitchen. If desired, the family room can be added in an open design to make the kitchen and family room one continuous large room. Depending on the style of the home, it may be more convenient to structure the new family room where outdoor areas are currently located. An experienced home renovation company can help decide upon the most cost-effective and functional location for the new room.
Windows and Doors to Outside
When planning the family room, it is important to consider where doors and windows will be placed. These features can entirely change the look and feel of the room. Windows can alter the lighting scheme and make the room feel larger. Doors can be planned to lead to outdoor areas such as decks or pools that may be part of future construction plans. When planning the placement of doors and windows in a new family room, homeowners should consider any future renovations that will be desired.
Floors and Ceilings
Floors and ceilings can alter the look of a room and have a huge impact on future utility costs. Cathedral ceilings may give the room an elegant look, but can add to heating and cooling costs. Likewise, open beam ceilings can give the room a rustic look, but can prevent proper insulation. Skylights may help to mitigate lighting costs and add an outdoorsy charm, but may be pricy to install. When planning for flooring, it is wise to consider the main purpose of the room for maximum convenience and comfort. For example, if the room leads to a pool and will be used mainly in warmer months, tile or hardwood may be ideal as opposed to carpet.
Planning for additional features while a new family room is being constructed can help to save costs and headaches later. If the room will be used for large parties, a wet bar may be installed with a sink and countertop. This can be used for easy cleanup and serving. If the room will be a place for the family to relax and enjoy one another’s company through the winter, adding a fireplace may improve the ambience and even mitigate heating costs. If the room will be used for a home theater system, the wiring can be installed in the walls to give the room a sleek and modern look.