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5 Home Addition Ideas For Small Homes

When you are looking around your home and have a sense that it is too small, it may be time to consider a home addition. Home additions can be pricy, but on small homes, it is well worth it to increase your square footage for more enjoyment out of your home as well as increasing its value.  Here in The Bay Area, home additions are a popular option as the price of real estate is astronomical and it is usually a much better economic choice to add an addition to an existing home rather than to seek out a larger home to buy.

In this post, we will discuss five home addition ideas for small homes. Keep reading to find out what additional ideas can work for you!


Add a Guest Bedroom

A small home can always use an additional bedroom. Not only does it increase the worth of your home, but you can have a guest come to stay for overnight visits.

The following is a list of ideas for your guest bedroom addition:

  • Add a large closet to double as extra storage space
  • Do not forget to add windows
  • Keep it clean and clutter-free

No matter how you end up using the guest bedroom, it will pay off in the long run. Larger homes always have more selling power. And an added bedroom is a great addition to a small home.

You can also use this guest bedroom as any of the following spaces:

  • At-home office
  • Hobby and craft room
  • Kid’s room
  • Meditation space

A guest bedroom is a versatile addition that is great for small homes. If you are searching for ways to maximize your money for your small home addition, a guest bedroom is a great option.

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Ways to Style Your New Guest Bedroom

If you decide to go through with the guest bedroom addition, we have some styling tips for you. Here are some ideas for the guest bedroom:

  • Create an office instead– If you need an at-home office, converting your newly added guest bedroom into an office is a great choice. Try placing the guest against the same wall as the door where you enter for some simple Feng Sui
  • Get a new hobby– A guest bedroom that is extra space can also function as a craft room. If you pick up a new hobby after the addition, you can always use the guest bedroom as a craft room. And then, you have extra storage with the closet in the guest room for your craft supplies.
  • Use twin beds– If you set up your guest room with twin beds, you can have two guests at once.

No matter if you use the guest bedroom as a bedroom or extra space for you to enjoy, it is the perfect addition to a small home.


Add a Sunroom

Another great addition you can add to your small home is a sunroom. A sunroom generally has tons of windows that can be used to grow plants, let in some much-needed light, and act as a comfier place to sit during the day.

Adding a sunroom to your small house is a good option, especially if you already have quite a few bedrooms. With your sunroom, you can have guests over to celebrate and entertain with.

The following is a list of ways to use your sunroom:

  • Enjoy breakfast and the sunrise every morning
  • Host game nights
  • Use as a second living room when guests come to visit

It does not matter how you use the sunroom, but it is a great addition to a small house. By adding a sunroom, you also increase your house’s square footage, and that, in turn, will increase the market value if you ever choose to sell.

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How to Style Your Sunroom

If you decide to go through with adding a sunroom to your small home, we have a few different ways that you can style your sunroom. A sunroom is a great additional asset to any home, and it can add a lot of bright light.

The following is a list of ways to style your new addition, the sunroom:

  • Add a seating area– The best part about a sunroom is it can easily act as a second living room. Place a comfortable couch in this room, add some chairs, and you have a complete living room space that is perfect for lounging and conversations over coffee.
  • Add a small dining table and chairs– This space can act as an additional dining area. Having an eating nook in your house apart from the dining room is a great way to start the day. Imagine yourself eating breakfast at this table as the sun rises and your face is warmed by the sun streaming in through the windows.
  • Create a reading nook– Another great idea for your sunroom is to create a reading nook. Line the walls of your sunroom with bookshelves and place some heavy curtains in front of the windows. Open or draw the curtains as you see fit to allow the sun in when you want. A reading nook is great for both rainy and sunny days, and in your sunroom, you’ll get the bonus of hearing the rain and seeing the rain or feeling and seeing the sun.

A sunroom is a beautiful addition to a small home. We may be biased, but this is our favorite type of addition because it allows so much more sunlight into a space. Most sunrooms are designed with walls of windows, and that creates a comforting and open environment.


Add a Bathroom

Another great option for a small house is to add a bathroom. Even if the bathroom is a half bath, it is still worth it. If you ever chose to sell your house after adding a bathroom, the market value would rise compared to your house without the additional bathroom.

Bathrooms are not very versatile spaces. However, you will not be disappointed with having an extra toilet in your home. Many people don’t realize how wonderful it is to have multiple bathrooms. And you really can’t go wrong with styling your bathroom, especially for an addition to a small home.

If you have the space, we suggest adding an additional full bathroom with all of the following:

  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Sink
  • Toilet

Having a toilet and a sink is essential to any bathroom. However, if you have the space and the money to create an addition to your small home, a full-size bath is the way to go.

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How to Style Your Bathroom

If you choose to add a bathroom to your small home, you can style it in a few different ways. It is common that bathrooms have their theme associated with them and have matching decor.

In the following list, you can see the different themes common in bathroom additions:

  • At the farm– When aiming for an at the farm theme for your bathroom, you can picture tiny cows and sheep and chickens as fun decor. And you can use a color palette with a variety of colors, including red, black, yellow, and green.
  • By the sea– This theme requires ocean-like decor. Think seashells and sand. Generally, bathrooms with a by the sea theme are painted blue, green, or yellow.
  • In the cottage– Another great theme for the bathroom is in the cottage. A cottage vibe is very cute, especially in a small space like a bathroom. You can use light blues, grays, pastels, and white as the main colors for your cottage theme. Generally, you can find decor almost anywhere for a cottage theme. This fact makes this theme very easy to apply in your newly added bathroom.

Maybe none of these themes are for you, and that is alright. There are so many different ways to style a bathroom that we only wanted to provide you with a few ideas to get the ball rolling.


Open Up Your Kitchen

Another amazing addition you can add to your small home is expanding the kitchen. Not all small homes will have this space within their floor plan to expand the kitchen. However, if your kitchen is on one of the outer walls of your home, it may be very easy to add space to your kitchen.

If you choose to open up your kitchen, you can also think about knocking down some walls and creating an open floorplan for the majority of your living space in your home. Open floor plans are common among modern homes.

But an open floor plan is not for everyone. Some people like their spaces very divided, and you can continue with that if it’s your preference when adding more space to your kitchen.

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How to Style Your Kitchen Addition

In this section, we will cover how to style your kitchen addition and maximize space. Many times, when you add to a kitchen, you do not want to disturb the already existing cabinetry and appliances.

If this is the case for you, we have some ideas to help you style your kitchen and create the most meaningful space.

The following is a list of ideas on how to style your kitchen after it has been opened up in a new addition:

  • Add a pantry– This is one of the best ways to utilize a kitchen addition. With a pantry, you have not only increased the amount of space available in your kitchen, but you have also maximized the space and created more storage.
  • Add an island– One of the best ways to maximize space is the add an island
  • Create a breakfast nook– If you need more storage in your kitchen, you can create custom built-in seating that doubles as storage in your new home addition.

Even if you do not have very many ideas at this moment about your small home’s kitchen addition, it can be very fun to plan out different options. It is best to think through the kitchen addition in all of its glory.


Add a Garage and Mudroom

Finally, our last addition idea for small homes is to add a garage and mudroom. These spaces will not be directly connected to your living space can act as a much-needed refuge in your small house.

Not only would a garage and mudroom increase the market value of your home, but they also provide increased storage opportunities for your small house.

Adding a garage and mudroom can be a bit complicated, especially depending on how the current layout of your house is designed. A garage and mudroom are not for every small home, but with the right architect and engineer, you can have a garage.

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In Summary: 5 Great Home Addition Ideas for Small Homes

Now that we’ve covered five different home addition ideas for small homes, hopefully, you have a better understanding of what you can do with an addition. Small homes are great, but sometimes you do want more space, and our five ideas will fit beautifully with most homes’ layouts.

Element Home Remodeling is a Mountain View based home remodeling company.  We specialize in small home remodeling and serve the entire Bay Area.  Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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