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10 Fabulous Home Addition Ideas: Details and Photos of Room Additions for Inspiration

Remodeling and Renovation Tips

by Alex Keight Posted on May 29, 2024

Need more room but don’t want to move? Considering home addition ideas as a way to get the extra space you need without giving up your beloved neighborhood — or having to contend with high interest rates? If so, you certainly aren’t alone: A survey from Discover Home Loans revealed that more than half of Americans would rather renovate their home than buy a new one or keep their home in its current state. And it makes perfect sense. Why go through an entire move when room additions just may be the perfect upgrade option?

These scenarios may sound familiar:

  • You’re working remotely and need a real home office instead of the dining room table.
  • After cooking and eating more meals at home, you’ve decided you deserve a bigger kitchen.
  • You want a home gym that’s such a cool place to go, you’ll be motivated to keep working out.
  • With new family members living under the same roof, you need to expand to protect everyone’s sanity.

Whatever your motivation, here are 10 home addition ideas that are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing and supply that last injection of inspiration you need to start researching reliable remodeling contractors

sunroom home addition to add space and light

Designers bring the outside in with a sunroom addition that features lots of windows and a wide-open aesthetic. 
(Source: @jordandesignbuildgroup via Instagram)

1. Out of the Woods: Gorgeous Views, Work Space, and Storage

Why not take advantage of a beautiful setting? This stunning two-story sunroom addition in Vienna, Virginia, grew out of the homeowners’ desire to take in the forest views surrounding their home — while adding more space, of course. Once Jordan Design-Build Group dug a little deeper into their client’s ultimate goals, though, it became evident that this would be a multi-step process that required both interior and exterior work to make their room addition ideas a reality. 

2-story sunroom addition under construction

Depending on the type of room addition you’re doing, be prepared for your home — or at least part of it — to turn into a construction site.
(Source: @jordandesignbuildgroup via Instagram)

The result was a new 1,000-square-foot-plus addition sporting 10-foot-high ceilings and framed floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows that give the homeowners a year-round view of the gorgeous exterior landscape. New elements of the addition included expansion of the existing dining room, a new dish room that connects the existing breakfast nook to the new sunroom, plus a new outdoor portico and new roof to seamlessly integrate the old and new structures. They also added a conditioned lower level with his-and-her workrooms and storage areas.

Pro Tip: Clear a safe path for remodeling and protect your belongings by having a portable storage container delivered to your driveway. 

home office addition above garage

An A-frame design in the new home office matches the historic home’s architectural detail.
(Source: Renovations Unlimited via Facebook)

2. Getting To Work: A New Home Office on Top of the Garage

Room additions on historic homes can be hard to pull off — particularly back house room additions. It’s important to create the illusion that the addition was always a part of the house. Luckily, Renovations Unlimited designers in Grove City, Ohio, were up for the challenge, with plenty of home addition ideas to boot. When the owners of a historic 1920s home decided they wanted to add a flex office space above their garage, the design team got to work on a second-floor addition on top of the home’s existing flat-topped garage.

home office addition above garage

Materials were specially selected to match the addition to the rest of the home.
(Source: Renovations Unlimited via Facebook)

In order to make sure the addition appeared as original as possible, the team had to carefully select their materials and match existing detailing, such as the diamond grids on the windows. The addition was designed as an A-frame to align with the home’s architecture detail — which helped to create a built-in storage area inside, an added character detail for the home office. They also included a low-rise, built-in bookcase along one of the walls, as well as a small room with a large wet bar and cabinet storage hidden behind a set of glass French doors. When you’ve got an office space like this just steps away, it’s bound to make going to work a lot more enjoyable.

Q: What is the best addition to a house? 
Depending on how you define “best,” pretty much any room additions are going to add value to your home. Statistically, though, a new bathroom often yields the strongest return on investment when it’s time to sell the house — keeping in mind the local market and the overall condition of your home.

 indoor/outdoor entertaining patio with overhead wooden trellis, green picnic table and bench, and orange flowers in a vase

A trellis shades the patio, seamlessly blending the minimalist design of the interior with the outdoors. 
(Source: HDR Remodeling)

3. A Moveable Feast: Relocating the Patio for Indoor-Outdoor Living

Room addition ideas for small houses can be just as dramatic as full-scale remodeling projects — and this Northern California home is a perfect example. With a relatively small footprint, the outdoor living space needed an aesthetic and functional upgrade. The homeowners also wanted to make the most of their indoor entertaining space, so designers from HDR Remodeling in Berkeley created a plan that blended the two. The first step was to move the patio from the other side of the house, where direct sun made it too hot to enjoy. Next, they added a trellis — a trendy landscaping accent that is also functional: It provides dappled shade, plus some delightful shadowplay in the much softer afternoon light.

indoor/outdoor entertaining patio with sliding-glass doors

Super-thin sliding-glass doors to the patio remove the visual barrier between indoors and out. 
(Source: HDR Remodeling)

Ultra-thin (but resilient!) sliding-glass doors give the illusion of being outside, and a minimalist (but cozy!) interior design blends seamlessly with the landscape. The space provides options for relaxation, dining, and entertaining from the indoor movie area to the open deck. Thoughtfully designed, the flow is natural and calming, ideal for family nights at home and bigger gatherings, with sparkling string lights and a speaker system in place over the patio for nighttime recreation and music. 

outdoor deck converted to home gym

A bright and sunny space makes exercising inviting.
(Source: @rrbuild_design via Instagram)

4. Transformation Inspiration: From Deck to Home Gym 

Why have your home gym in the garage when it can be a dedicated bright and sunny space built to inspire? With this addition to a previous addition, R&R Build and Design in Carrollton, Georgia, proves you only need a sliver of space to create a gorgeous and functional place to workout. These homeowners were looking for a dedicated spot where they could do cardio and lightweight workouts without using up any of the existing space in their home.

converting an outdoor deck into a home gym addition

Floor-to-ceiling windows in the now-enclosed deck ensured the new home gym would be a room with a view.
(Source: @rrbuild_design via Instagram)

The solution? Transforming part of a previous outdoor deck addition into a purpose-built home gym. They achieved this by enclosing part of the deck and installing floor-to-ceiling windows, so the homeowners wouldn’t have to sacrifice the views. They also added style by outfitting the room with a Cypress tongue-and-groove ceiling, which can (surprisingly) sometimes cost less than drywall and gives the space a much more polished look and feel — an important factor for designers considering house addition ideas. 

Q: What is the most cost-effective way to add a room? 
When considering economical home addition ideas, before and after photos are your best friend. Find inspiration that you can take to a designer — or a home improvement store, if you go the super-cost-effective DIY route. Above all, make sure you budget wisely and stick to it, prioritizing essentials like appliances and insulation. A few other ideas:
    1. Consider existing space. Minimize expensive structural changes by converting a basement or attic.
    2. Simplify your design. Reduce construction costs with a layout that’s not complicated.
    3. Get the right permits. This is a proactive move. Save yourself the cost and hassle of violations by making sure you have your permitting ducks in a row.

A wall-unit entertainment center, built-in wet bar, and wine refrigerator in a family room with large couch

A spacious entertainment area and dining nook gives a North Carolina family room to move.
(Source: DiFabion Remodeling)

5. Room To Grow: A New Space for Family Time

A little-used screened-in porch that had turned into a dumping ground for kids’ shoes, coats, and sports gear was the “before” situation these Freedom Park, North Carolina, homeowners needed to remedy. With a growing family, they wanted more room to move but weren’t interested in moving — so they explored home addition ideas and decided to give up the porch and add square footage to create an entertainment area. 

Built-in bookcases lead to a dining area with hardwood floors and a family dining table

Built-in bookcases and storage for games and toys make the perfect gateway to a family dining area.
(Source: DiFabion Remodeling)

Designers from DiFabion Remodeling developed a phased plan, incorporating engineering and architecture to create the essentials the couple wanted: a separate (but still connected) loft for the kids, a dining area, and the main event: a great room with a TV, built-ins, and a wet bar. The end result included elegant touches like a vaulted beadboard ceiling and built-in bookcases with storage for games and toys

Q: Is it cheaper to add on or build up?
When you undertake any kind of room additions, lots of variables are at play — like the existing house structure, local regulations, and the project’s overall complexity. Generally, adding another level can be more cost-effective, since it involves infrastructure that’s already in place. But in many instances, building up requires structural modifications to support extra weight. As for adding on, there’s likely less structural work, but other costs like foundation construction, utility additions, and more may add up. The bottom line? Talk to a contractor to determine what’s best for your lifestyle, your house, and your wallet. 

kitchen remodel with bump-out addition to create more space

Thanks to a small 3-by-12-foot bump-out, the homeowners now have an eat-in counter with cabinet storage in their airy cottage kitchen. 
(Source: Bluestem Remodeling via Facebook)

6. The Perfect Recipe: A Kitchen Bump-Out That Creates More Space 

When a family of five in Minnesota’s Twin Cities realized there wasn’t enough room for all the cooks in the kitchen, they asked Bluestem Remodeling to help them find a solution. However, it turned out to be a challenging project, since there wasn’t much available existing space to work with — and they were on a tight budget tied to a home improvement loan from the local government. 

kitchen before renovations

The design team created additional space by opening up the kitchen/dining room wall.
(Source: Bluestem Remodeling via Facebook)

The kitchen was essentially boxed in between outside walls, an interior set of stairs, and the dining room wall. The team navigated several roadblocks to work through logistical and budgetary constraints before remodeling the space into a too-good-to-be-true kitchen that has left the homeowners pinching themselves. By placing a small 3-by-12-foot bump-out addition along an exterior wall, they were able to create more space in the actual kitchen itself, while knocking down and replacing the dining room-adjacent wall opened the space up even more. Here, they also installed an eat-in counter with cabinet storage. 

In order to cut down on costs, they considered building the addition on piers instead of the foundation and were thoughtful about alternative features and finishes — like using honed black granite for their countertops, which mimics the look of more expensive soapstone. The design also planned ahead and took the possible future addition of a mudroom into consideration.

utility room addition

The new utility room addition maximized space with floating storage cubbies, pull-out drawers, and a stackable washer/dryer combo.
(Source: NJW Construction via Facebook)

7. The All-In-One Utility Room: An On-Demand Family Command Center 

Even the biggest homes don’t always come with the space for everything you need. Such was the case in a 3,000-square-foot home in Carroll, Ohio. A small but functional addition was added to give a single mom, her three kids, and their two pets their missing family command center — a dedicated space where everyone in the family could enter the house, get dogs ready for walks, and do laundry. And like all room additions, it was important to match the style and character of the house, a 1922 Dutch Colonial Revival. 

utility room and covered entry addition

Designers matched the portico-style roof over the utility room entrance with the style and character of the house, a 1922 Dutch Colonial Revival.
(Source: NJW Construction via Facebook)

NJW Construction created an exterior cover with a portico-style roof to match the exterior of the home. Inside, the addition blended seamlessly with white wall panels, floating storage cubbies, and pull-out storage drawers underneath two bench seats. They installed a space-saving, stackable washer/dryer combo and placed hooks on the wall for jackets and leashes. And for this family, as is the case with many house additions, before and after functionality and aesthetics are strikingly different.

Primary bath addition with double vanity/sinks and dual mirrors/light fixtures

Double-pocket glass doors in the new primary bath provide natural light in the adjacent bedroom.  
(Source: Neil Kelly Remodeling and Home Improvement)

8. Let the Sunshine In: A Bath With a View 

When the kids reach a certain age, separate bathrooms are a must — and sometimes Mom and Dad want an upgrade, too. That was the situation for these homeowners, who initiated a double-design project on the second floor of their Seattle home: a new primary bath for the grownups and a remodel of the existing bath for the kids. The challenge for Neil Kelly Remodeling and Home Improvement? Staying as true as possible to the home’s current layout, to keep the natural light and views of the city unchanged through the bathroom windows.

all-white bathroom with sink, vanity, mirror, and window view of city skyline

The kids’ bathroom features a dainty chandelier and a gorgeous view of downtown Seattle.
(Source: Neil Kelly Remodeling and Home Improvement)

Spaciousness is the name of the game in both new bathrooms. The primary, in particular, is long and narrow, but it feels open and airy thanks to abundant light and skyline views through the windows. The designers borrowed a smidge of space from a covered patio to accommodate the extra square footage. And in the kids’ bathroom, slight adjustments included reorienting the tub. And accents like a dainty chandelier and white porcelain flooring add a touch of elegance.

 covered/screened porch addition

The new dining deck is screened-in on all three open sides — perfect for entertaining and lounging, with a focus on natural light.
(Source: @mwconstruction via Instagram)

9. Outside In: An Open-Concept Kitchen Addition 

Who says room additions have to be closed off? Marks-Woods Construction Services certainly doesn’t — and their open-concept addition to a home in Falls Church, Virginia, proves it. This gorgeous kitchen addition not only expanded the cooking space and added cabinets, but it also literally opened up the kitchen by adding a screened-in dining and deck area. 

 sliding door entry between kitchen and covered porch addition

The kitchen addition provides more cooking space, new cabinets, and sliding-glass doors leading to outdoor dining. 
(Source: Marks-Woods Construction Services via Facebook)

This simple but beautiful A-frame second-floor space is accessible off the kitchen through sliding glass doors and features a wooden bench, wooden dining table, hanging egg chair, and a small stool with a TV. The space is screened in on all three open sides, making it perfect for entertaining and lounging any time of day or year. And as an open-air space, the focus is on natural light, though this open-concept addition is illuminated by a single ceiling fan light, a few light strings, and light from the kitchen once the sun goes down. The result is a low-key, casual, and stylish space that brings the outside in

Pro Tip: Home renovation projects can be a major disruption. Whether you’ll be staying in your home or living somewhere else temporarily while your home addition ideas come to life, it’s important to create a plan. And sometimes it’s a good idea to bring in a professional.

two-story home addition

Going up is sometimes the best option to create more space, like this Maryland home with a second-story addition.
(Source: Tabor Design Build)

10. A Little Bit Old, a Little Bit New: A Full Second-Story Addition

Sometimes one-room additions just aren’t enough to create the space a homeowner needs. When you require a lot more space, a large-scale addition may be the smarter option over the cost of buying an entirely new home, especially if you already love the home or location you’re in. And when a merging family in Silver Spring, Maryland, desired a second-story addition, Tabor Design Build, Inc., was up for the task. 

entryway in two-story home addition

For a blended family that needed more space, this second-story addition has everything but the kitchen sink — and they made it solar-friendly — all for under $250,000.
(Source: Tabor Design Build)

It seems the remodel of this split-level home included everything but a kitchen sink. In addition to a new entryway and new living room, they also added a TV/game room for the kids, two bedrooms, and a bathroom — plus a remodel of the primary bedroom. They even made it solar-friendly. But how much did this second-story addition cost? Would you believe us if we told you it was all done for under $250,000? It’s true, and they’ve got an award to prove it

Feeling inspired? When you’re ready to dream about home addition ideas, pictures are perfect for bringing your vision to life. But while conjuring up a new space can be fun, don’t forget the basics. We’ve got a handy home remodeling checklist that will help you stay on track — from the prep to the celebratory glass of Prosecco. 

Alex Keight is a frequent contributor to the PODS Blog who has moved 20+ times because she loves to experience new places.

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I would to get some information about adding on to my home as well. The article that I was reading is perfect this what I would like to add on to my home. But with an kitchen. If I could get help with finding a contractor to do it would be great.
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