Finding More Space
Consider building in a basement, outbuilding or crawl space
The extra room can be used for storage, entertaining or seeking shelter.
You’ll have to study and plan before building starts, since not every terrain is right for certain construction add ons. Once you’ve decided on which type best fits your needs, however, you’ll have found a handy way to add needed square footage.
Depending on the terrain, a basement area may best utilize the available land. Basements are also a practical way to claim more space in cities where there isn’t room to spread out. They’re versatile areas that can be used to storage, living and entertaining, gyms and bedrooms. Go all out and create a guest suite downstairs, in particular if you are part of a large family or often have visiting friends. Just remember to discuss those plans in advance, since new plumbing is far more expensive to put in place once a construction project is complete. Rec rooms can begin as a child’s playground before transitioning into an adult entertainment area for empty nesters.
Tired of paying extra for off-site storage space? Build in large closets or spacious bays, and bring all of your stuff back under one roof. Basements are also a safer place to wait out threatening storms. That’s why one value report from Remodeling magazine said the return on investment for this smart and practical add on is a whopping 70 percent.
Crawl spaces are meant to provide access to wiring, pipes and ductwork, but wellplanned areas can also make room for additional storage. Crawl spaces require less maintenance than basements, and also provide additional protection from flooding. But depending on the construction, you may have to take additional measures to keep the space free of mold, pests or fungal growth. Make sure when using a crawl space for storage that there is still plenty of room for convenience, comfortable access to make routine checks of the home’s critical features.
Underground storm shelters may be a necessity, depending on where your new build will be located. They’re safer than basements, if constructed properly. But as with basements and crawlspaces, it’s far easer to add this feature into your plan during the construction process than it is to incorporate a storm shelter later on. Builders can also construct useful outbuildings to provide space for lawn equipment, a boat, crafting or other hobbies.