5 Ways to Expand Your Home

A detached garage addition is a great way to expand the amount of usable space in your home and increase its value.

A detached garage addition is a great way to expand the amount of usable space in your home and increase its value.

Do you picture yourself bathing in a ray of sunshine while flipping through your favourite home improvement magazine in a newly constructed sunroom? Or maybe you see yourself enjoying the extra parking space a garage addition can provide. No matter which project is better suited to your needs, an addition is a great way to increase the square footage of your home as well as the value.

However, before you move ahead with your home addition plans, there are a few things to consider. The easiest way to move forward with your ideas is to work with a reputable Kelowna contractor. They’ll be able to help you design and execute your vision while ensuring zoning ordinances and building codes are met.

In the meantime, here are five great additions to consider.


1. Build a Room Above the Garage 

If you have a detached garage, consider building a room above it. When you build up rather than out, you can avoid the costs of creating a foundation for your addition. And if you choose to use it as a rental suite, it’ll pay itself off in no time.

If you don’t already have a detached garage, consider building both. Besides the bonus suite, you’ll also have more room for vehicle parking and storage. You can even use the garage as a game or hobby room if you don’t need the additional parking space.


2. Convert the Patio into a Sunroom

A lot of people want to enjoy the outdoors year-round but struggle to do so once the snow falls. It’s also hard to sit outside and enjoy the sun when the temperatures soar above 30 degrees Celsius. A sunroom with a retractable roof or wall is a great solution. You can enjoy the sun year-round at a temperature that’s most comfortable for you.


3. Finish the Unfinished Basement

If your basement is currently unfinished, finish it. This renovation will increase the square footage of your home without breaking the bank. Since the majority of the work is already done, all you’ll need to do is design and finish the space.

For some ideas on what to do with your unfinished basement, take a look at our previous blog post: 5 Basement Renovation Ideas to Complete Your Home.


4. Build a She-shed or a Detached Man Cave 

If you’re a big crafter or enjoy working with wood or metal in your spare time, consider building a hobby shack. You can even turn it into a personal yoga studio or home gym if that’s what you prefer. If it’s detached from the home, it’ll make it feel like a personal paradise... And maybe it can keep you a little distracted from seeing the chores that need doing in the kitchen or laundry room.


5. Consider a Kitchen Addition 

If your kitchen isn’t as big as you’d like it to be, consider an addition in the kitchen. Since this is typically the most active room in the home, it’s a smart place to expand. A bump-out addition can give you the space you need for a dining nook, walk-in pantry, or just more cabinetry.


Are you ready to expand your home? Contact the reputable professionals at Rafter 4K Contracting. With nearly 30 years in the industry as home renovation contractors in Kelowna, they can help turn your Okanagan lifestyle vision into a reality.


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