How to Budget for a Room Addition

October 22nd 2012

How to Budget for a Room Addition

Need a little more space? Maybe a room of one’s own? Many homeowners decide a room addition is the smartest option for a number of reasons. Room additions are far more affordable than selling your home and moving into a new one. Homeowners are able to customize their room addition plans to their exact needs and requirements—both size and budget wise. A room addition is ideal when you’re attached to your home and feel it would be just perfect if only it had a… A room addition lets you add that missing piece and stay in the home you love.

Emotions and “dream” rooms aside, a room addition needs to be considered from a practical and budgeting standpoint too. New home construction costs run roughly between $100-$105 per sq. ft. in Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park and Leawood, Kansas. Room additions to Johnson County homes average $150-$200 per sq. ft. While room addition contractors have the same costs as new home builders, we are tying the room addition into an existing structure. A room addition takes considerable skill and time, resulting in a lot of additional work. Using this cost average as a guideline, you’ll be able to get a ballpark idea of how much you’ll need to budget to complete your room addition. Knowing a rough estimate also helps you decide how to finance the room addition whether it’s cash, home equity loan, home equity line of credit or a second mortgage.

Think seriously in terms of your return on investment. For example, if you spend $50,000 on a room addition, how much of that investment will you recoup at resale? Ideally, you get back what you spent and then some. Is that realistic? It depends. Adding an opulent 2nd story to a home in a neighborhood full of ranches will likely price you out of your market at resale. However, a kitchen, bath or basement remodel or adding on a family room or bedroom usually adds value.

With your base budget in mind, it’s time to account for the variables. Room additions to homes in Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park and Leawood, Kansas vary greatly in size. Of course, more square footage increases the cost. Then there are the fixtures and any special circumstances to think about. Are we adding to a side where we’ll have to move electric meters, gas lines, air conditioners or sprinkler systems? Will we need to dig out an area to install a walk out door or add windows? What about ductwork and plumbing pipes? How old is the roofing? Will it be easy or impossible to find roofing materials to match? What about matching siding and paint? Siding manufacturers change their products and exterior paint fades over time.

A room addition is fairly challenging work. In order to get the room addition done right, you need to hire a contractor you can trust with your investment and your home. Built by Design has seen it all and we’ve successfully done it all. We have years of experience working on room additions throughout Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park and Leawood, Kansas. If you’re considering a room addition, or just want to discuss whether it makes sense financially, give us a call.