Room Additions

Room Additions Vancouver WA


Ways to Increase Your Living Space

Home Remodeling Contractor – Vancouver WA

Adding more elbow room with additions.

There are many different reasons for needing more space: a child is on the way, mom is moving in, or you’re starting a new home-based business. With a tight real estate market, it’s not always easy to find a bigger home in the same neighborhood, same school district, and same style.

If you need more living space, there is another option – build it. There are several different ways of getting that extra room you need, but first you need to figure out what you want.

Basement Remodel

An unfinished basement is an ideal place to start, and in many cases, the infrastructure is already there. Plumbing is brought into the house via the basement, and if the electrical panel is in the basement, wiring the new space can be a snap, too. It may be used for storage now, but for the most part, it’s a blank slate.

In many older Clark County homes, the basement ceilings may not be high enough to be considered “living space.” Even though you won’t be adding square footage according to code, with new insulation, framing, carpeting, and even a bathroom or small kitchen, your house instantly becomes bigger and more liveable.

Building Extra Space

There are two options when it comes to adding extra square footage, going up or going out. There are pros and cons with both approaches, so decide which will best fit your lifestyle. For example, if the home is on a small lot, adding an additional 200 square foot room on the back of the home may eat up a lot of the yard. Building up will require more planning, engineering, and time.

However, you’ll get exactly what you want. Whether it’s a dining room/kitchen expansion, a large living room that your home currently doesn’t have, or a new addition to the family, this new space will be tailor-made for your needs.

Together, but Separate

Many folks are interested in expanding their home for other people. This could mean a mother-in-law apartment or turning the home into an income property. By adding four or five hundred extra square feet, complete with separate entrance, kitchen, laundry, and bathroom, your home becomes a welcoming place for a family member or a way to make some extra income.

You love your home. The neighborhood, the architecture, and the proximity to good schools, shopping, and restaurants. You don’t want to move, but the house just isn’t big enough. By adding the extra square footage you need, you can turn your starter home into your forever home.

Room Additions

If a room addition is in your future, make sure it makes sense for the present and the future.

For starters, a room addition isn’t going to have a great return on investment. According to the Remodeling 2016 Cost vs. Value Report ( a master suite addition will only bring back around 70 percent of the cost. And that cost can be intimidating – a midrange addition can cost up to $120,000, an upscale addition more than double that.

However, with a real estate market now steadily on the rise, turning your house into the home you want may make more financial sense than looking for an entirely new home. And if you’re planning on staying put for awhile, adding square footage to your home may also add to your quality of life. This is especially true if you’re starting a family or growing the family you already have.

No matter if you’re planning a master suite addition, deluxe living room, or nearly any kind of expansion, consult with professionals all along the way. An established contractor can help you navigate the process, from zoning restrictions to how the addition ties into the existing home.

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Room Additions Vancouver WARoom addition questions to consider…

Building up or out? – If your home is situated on a small lot, building out a room will take a bite out of the existing yard. If having space for the kids to run around is important, consider building up. But it doesn’t make a whole of sense to have a brand new kitchen on the second floor.

More Power – If your electrical panel is already jam-packed with existing breakers, ask your contractor about options to expand the load.

Time and Space – You may have pulled off that bathroom remodel last year, but a room addition of any kind is an entirely different undertaking. In addition to everything going on outside the house, work is happening inside the house as well. Be prepared for constructions workers to be coming inside for weeks – or even months – and the mess that comes with the job.

Contact Designers Northwest, Inc., to discuss your project. We offer design services for all projects and can provide clients with a 3D virtual walkthrough.

Latest Reviews
Michael Farabee
November 01, 2019
We have used Designers Northwest for 3 projects ( Garage addition, Kitchen Remodel and Bathroom Remodel). We would not use anyone else. The design work is amazing and professional. They have the ability to do an addition that looks like it belongs as part of the home. The attention to detail is important part of us coming back to them. They do not stop until the work is perfect. They also stand behind their work. We had a countertop develop a small crack after a number of years. I was not able to get anywhere with the manufacturer. When I talk to Mike at Designers, he was able to work with the manufacturer and get it replaced.
We were also impressed with the quality of sub-contractors. We now use some of the subs (electrician, plumbing) when we have specific issues.

Thanks for all the great work!
Hannah VahnDijk
November 04, 2019
Our company did an epoxy floor for one of their clients. Brian was friendly, professional and great to work with. Look forward to future projects together.
John Gibson
May 30, 2018
Just an awesome remodel. Better than we had expected, and wonderful workmanship by all. We have recently completed an extensive remodel in Master bath, bedroom, Kitchen, family, dining, laundry, living, hallways etc. Lots of tile work , cabinets, and a 5 month job. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome. MIke and his folks do a super job, and keep tabs on the entire project, working with the sub contractors to ensure the minimum of dead time on the job. Mike’s folks are talented, approachable, and nothing is an issue for them.
They work hard to please.

The sub contractors they use are also simply excellent. Clean, neat, good craftsmen, and very obliging.

We loved the input and suggestions we received from all. It really helped make an outstanding end product. The suggestions, ideas and alternatives presented were just what we needed.

We highly recommend Designers Northwest, and would use them again in a heartbeat.

All in all a wonderful experience, and we miss all of the folks that became a part of our lives for 5 months. Our best wishes to all.
Reeves Ann
March 22, 2017
I had a very positive experience working with Mike Kinneman at Designers NW. He did an excellent job stepping through our large renovation project and was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Also- best quality is that Mike is an excellent communicator. I would work with him again.
Mick Simmons
October 16, 2015
My highest compliments to Mike and his crew at Designers Northwest. They are professional, thorough, talented and they listen. The results were far better than I could have hoped for and considering the complexity of the project I was most impressed with the fact that the remodel was so well done that you can't tell it was remodeled. Fantastic work!!

Mick Simmons

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