Consider these Split Entry Additions to Improve Your Split Entry Home
Sooner or later, a growing family will get this feeling that their home is starting to suddenly feel cramped. While split entry homes – with their two floors stacked one over the other – are generally big and spacious, there will come a time when it will feel cramped if you have a growing family.
This is why a lot of homeowners with a growing family encounter a dilemma of living in a home that’s suddenly starting to feel small. Their immediate assumption is they need to move to a new home. That’s a good idea if you have the money for it and it’s not an issue for your family to uproot your life and start someplace else. Obviously, those are not the cases for most homeowners.
Does this mean that you have to make do with a home that’s become too small for you? No, because with the help of a good contractor, you can add split entry additions.
As a word of caution, you really need to find a good contractor – one who understands how to do cost-benefit analysis. This is because having additions to a split entry is not as simple as just adding square footage. It can be a challenge because part of the ground level is usually done underground, while the upper level is of course raised. This means that working on them will require a lot of expensive work, and the benefits may not be worth it.
Additions to Consider
Basically, the addition that you’ll incorporate should solve a problem. With that being said, here are some of the best renovation projects to make your split entry home bigger and more functional, which in turn will help improve the quality of your life:
- Convert your storage space into a livable space.
A lot of homeowners have a room designated for storage. While this makes sense, in most cases, this is the most cost-efficient way to gain an extra room. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to convert this into an extra room. You just have to take care of the stuff and junk in there. Now may be a good time to throw away, sell or donate the things that you don’t really need to minimize junk. Besides, minimalist living is an in thing anyway.
If you’re able to get rid of junk, you can convert the storage space into a home office, home gym or even a small entertainment center. It can even be a small bedroom if that’s what you require. You now have a highly-functional addition to your home.
- Move the walls back.
This is one of the most basic things that you can do in order to add more space. This works best with the existing living room as it creates additional living space that can be used to add more couch space or an entertainment center if your kids have now grown and want a booming entertainment center.
You can also add additional windows and then add a lounge chair by it so you’ll have a place that overlooks your backyard.
- Add a fence around your backyard.
Adding a fence makes it seem like that the backyard is an extension of your house. In addition, you can also add more things to your backyard in order to make it more livable. You can add a deck, patio or even a shed. Speaking of a shed, this in turn can be your new storage space if you really need one.
You can also add a porch connected to the dining area. This adds more space and creates a new living area in your backyard. You can have breakfast here on a beautiful day.
With your new lounge chair in your living room that overlooks the backyard, you can also add vertical gardens and even a lily pond.
- Add a new front entry.
This is especially helpful if your split entry is of the long faced variety. Long faced split entry homes are often bland, with the garage door being the main focus and contributing to the plainness.
Add a new front entry encased in glass. Have it pop out to break the flatness of the façade. This leads the focus away from the plain garage door onto the new front entry especially at night when you can light it up.
You can also add a canopy over the stoop in front of your new front entry.
- Extend the foyer.
Adding a new front entry allows you to extend the foyer. This will give you more space to greet guests, making them feel more welcome.
- Add more windows.
In addition to adding more windows in your living room, consider adding more windows in all rooms of the house. This will improve your home’s curb appeal and can make the rooms appear and feel larger. As an added benefit, your home will be inviting more natural light.
- Add a mud room in the space from the garage to the living areas.
It doesn’t have to be a big one. You just need a mud room where you can place a small bench where you can sit down and remove your shoes so you don’t go into your home dragging dirt and mud. It’s a practical split entry addition.
This can once again improve curb appeal. It can even be a functional addition. For example, adding shrubs around your property can serve as a beautiful fence. It can provide privacy for the living areas at the ground level.
- Add a fireplace.
This may seem like a luxury, but it’s one of those additions that can help improve your home’s resale value. Besides, it can provide comfort when needed. It can also encourage more quality time among family members.
Talk to a Contractor about these Additions!
As you can see, you have a lot of options when it comes to split entry additions. You just have to get in touch with a qualified general contractor to see which among these additions make the best sense for you!