Eco Friendly Room Additions
A room addition can provide you and your family with many different benefits as your lifestyle changes. A room addition with a or full bath can give you that extra bedroom as the members of your family grows and matures.
Design your room addition as an office for your expanding business, add a pull down bed, this will instantly become a bedroom for visiting family or guests. A room addition can take other forms as well, such as an extension for your master bedroom, kitchen, dining, bath or a new family room, which can create a whole new atmosphere in your home.
Decide on what type of room addition you want and a location that offers the greatest benefit, above the garage, extending your front or back living area, and whether you want a single or two-story.
If your home is a two story, maximize your investment by taking advantage of the increased living area upstairs and down.
Create a realistic budget, have it include the amenities you will need, A/C, plumbing (if necessary), electrical options: (ceiling fans, recessed or track lighting, convenient outlets for office equipment etc.).
Add some custom features into your room addition, a fireplace, vaulted or open beam ceiling, a soffit around the perimeter to give depth, built-in bookcase or entertainment center.
Building a new room addition will give you an opportunity to install some Eco friendly and energy efficient products. If the size of your room addition can accommodate, solar panels would a good investment. Providing power for your new addition as well as you entire home and with allowances from your local utility company, it may pay for itself. In addition, you might want to consider maximizing the R-values in the construction of your room addition: 2X6 framing with blown cellulose insulation, additional insulation wrap on all duct work, French instead of sliding exterior doors, radiant barrier roof sheeting, 1/2″ or 5/8″ exterior sheeting, dual or triple pane windows with Low E tinting, R-38-60 in the ceiling & roof. During the construction of your room addition, make sure to seal all fire blocking and draft stops in the bare wall cavities. Also make sure to caulk along the base, (at the floor), of your new drywall, this will ensure against your conditioned air escaping up into the wall. Even with a small room addition, the benefits of these ideas will greatly reduce your energy costs for your room addition, and probably out way the additional costs.
Because this is your home and a room addition is such a sizable remodeling investment, it is recommended that you employ the services of a licensed Design-Build Remodeling Contractor. A remodeling contractor will be able to provide you with Architectural & Structural plans, all permits necessary, as well as, assisting in locating financing (if needed) for your new room addition. If you are member of a Home Owners Association, your remodeling contractor can assist you in your plan submittal for the HOA’s review and approval.
With your budget in mind, a remodeling contractor will be able to assist in the creation of your room addition, by offering the latest products & materials and affordable design solutions to showcase the interior and exterior of your home.
A remodeling contractor will be able make the addition appear seamless and as if it was always a part of your home.
Remodeling bathrooms is very popular with Today’s’ home owners, turning their ho hum bathroom into something warm and should first determine whether you want to do some upgrading because of wear and tear or a whole new decor is your goal.
If you are considering a total renovation of your bathroom, and space is your motivation, consider an expansion of a few feet, either by moving a wall or a small addition. This will give your bathroom a more open and relaxing feel that you are looking for. If expansion is not an option, there are still many other creative ideas that you can do to give bathroom a lot of sparkle.
If your bathroom is small or narrow, consider elongated diamonds or narrow rectangle shapes, running the length of the floor, will make your bathroom appear more spacious. Installing small ” or 1″ (ceramic or stone) tile on the floor, is also another way to give your bath a beautiful beginning.
Upgrade your bathroom with a tile wainscot, sprinkle in some well placed tile accents can help enhance your cabinet or counter top colors. When creating your tile designs, first assemble some samples in your bathroom. This will ensure the colors, patterns and overall design you have selected will be the right fit for your bathroom. Remember to “always” seal the grout in your bathroom or (any room) to add strength, durability and ease of cleaning.
If you are going to install a new bathroom floor then you should consider replacing the vanity as well. With so many different styles, sizes and shades of vanities on the market today, your options are endless. Open toe kick and a skirt sink can give bathroom a beautiful, distinctive charm. When purchasing a new vanity, make sure that it doesn’t overwhelm the space in your bathroom and it has plenty of drawer space. Highlight your bathroom remodel with a new “solid surface” counter top such as; granite, quartz or polished limestone.
Having selected your counter top, a new sink is the next item to consider. Today’s sinks come in many different styles, price and materials: hand chiseled stone, hammered copper, vessel, porcelain and cast to name just a few. When choosing your sink, consider the type of install your looking for; self rimming or under-mount. You should select the type of faucet you want as well, to ensure everything will fit comfortably on your counter top.
Replacing the toilet can also be a challenge. With so many colors, styles and tank combinations it can be little confusing. Make sure that the style you choose, it doesn’t protrude into your bathroom and if you have a water closet, that the toilet allows the door swing free. Before purchasing, you should consider a raised or taller toilet 17″ +, one that is flapper-less, quiet and most of all, efficient. When you are installing your toilet on a tile floor, to prevent rocking, use your tile grout around the base. Make sure you stuff it thoroughly with your finger, let set a few minutes, then sponge off excess for a smooth finish, let dry & cure.
To complete your bathroom remodel, you will need to decide whether to preserve or replace your bathtub. If your bathtub is in relatively good shape you may want to keep it and retile the surround or deck. If your goal is to replace it, then make sure of your bathrooms space, and your overall design before you make your decision. There are several bathtub styles to choose from; the old world charm of a claw-foot soaker or the more traditional Jacuzzi, either way they will make an excellent centerpiece to your bathroom.
If your bathroom remodel involves replacing the shower or bathtub surround, make sure to re-tile the surround to the ceiling, this will give your bathroom remodel a more professional appearance. Remember to always replace your shower walls and pan with a “water-proof” sub-strait and underlayment. In addition, you might want to upgrade your shower valve as well and purchase a popular brand to ensure replacement parts are always readily available when needed.
Never overlook the importance of light in your bathroom remodel. Brighten your bathroom with natural light, by installing a larger window or skylight. Recessed or track lighting, wall sconces in lieu of a light bar, frame-less glass enclosure & medicine cabinet, or portrait mirrors, is an excellent way to accentuate your bathroom’s appearance.