So Denis and I have been talking about our future in this house, and what would make it a better house that we’re more likely to stay in longer.
Yes, we’ve talked about about building an addition onto our house.
Our house is a dainty 1,885 square foot house. 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, finished attic space, pit of a basement. We have stripped the wallpaper and painted, ripped up the carpets on the main floor and redone the hardwoods, we have put in extra cabinets in the kitchen, and we also plan on putting up ceiling tiles in the dining room and hanging our new chandelier. At this point, after 3 1/2 year in this joint, I’m pretty content.
However (and isn’t there almost always a “however”). If there’s one thing this house needs, it’s a tv room. Right now our front room (at 12×19) is both the living room and the tv room as well as the room where we have our White Elephant parties every year. We average 25 people at that party, and it’s always a little tight in our living room trying to squeeze everyone in and still be comfortable.
My parents’ tv room is about 20×20 and is the ideal room for parties. That’s what I want. A party room that can also be a tv/hang out room. A room that when there’s 8 people in there still feels open and not cramped in the slightest.
So Denis and I, when discussing the future in this house, think it would be nice to take off the sunroom on the back of the house (CootieGirl’s playroom) and build a 20×20 room. We would open up the kitchen to that room and make it a bit more updated and open, and would be able to spread out a bit more (my dream: a kitchen island with seating area).
Denis found out that a guy he works with that lives around the corner from us put 2 bedrooms and a full bath on his house at a pretty reasonable price and in a short amount of time. So now I’m thinking this addition idea might actually WORK.
And in talking to some other people the suggestion came to go ahead and put in a finished basement in the addition – some quoting a price as low as $5,000 for them to dig just a bit lower in order to have good headroom in the basement. TWO rooms? That would be sweet.
So who knows – in a couple years you might start seeing some posts about architecture, floor plans, contractors and “where did I pack the deep fryer?”…
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