If you otherwise love your home, neighborhood and location, a lot of times it’s easier, and more affordable, to add on than to move up. If you’re current home is feeling a little cramped, a small kitchen house addition can effectively expand your living space.
You’ve heard it a million times, kitchens and baths sell homes. If you’re planning a major remodel, these are some of the best rooms to invest in. When it comes to house additions, kitchens, master bathrooms, family rooms and home offices all top the most common places to expand.
Unless you’re planning a huge room addition, it’s wise to think of an addition as a major remodel. Envision, and plan, the remodel from the inside out, and you will end up with a cohesive look and feel, and can often save money if you’re not set on a traditional addition.
This is often the case with kitchen house additions. In most scenarios, a homeowner is not looking for an entire new 10×12 room added to their kitchen (unless they’re building a sunroom or enclosed patio). They usually want to just slightly expand the footprint of their kitchen to accommodate a different layout, more counters or cabinets, or even a small nook to create a true eat-in kitchen.
Depending on your home’s current foundation, your contractor may be able to do what’s called a “bump out” addition that ties into the existing floor’s support work, not requiring any new foundation work. This can save you money on the addition, which will allow for a more extensive kitchen remodel to tie in the new house addition.
Any time you expand and improve your home’s kitchen, it adds value and appeal to future buyers. It’s the heart of the home and the place where families congregate. Spacious, open, eat-in kitchens are highly sought-after in today’s market, and kitchen house additions are generally sound investments.
According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report, a major kitchen remodel in the East North Central region, which includes Chicago’s suburbs, costs an average $120,872 and fetches a 59.1% return. If you’re planning to move in the near future, such a large investment might not make sense. However, if you’re planning to stay in your home long-term, a kitchen house addition will add living space that your family can enjoy for many years to come, while adding value when it does come time to sell.
If you’re planning a major remodel including a kitchen addition, you want to work with one reputable firm from start to finish. Synergy Builders in Naperville is the leading design-build contractor throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Learn more about our kitchen remodel and addition services here, view our gallery, or contact us to get started with your complimentary consultation by calling 630.293.8070.