We have decided to remodel our home with an add-on!! Eeeek!! Very exciting stuff around here. I have to admit I was nervous about going though with it. We had a realtor come over and give her thoughts and it wasn’t what we thought she would say about our home. Our home is not on the “perfect street”. One street front or back would be more ideal to remodel and do an add-on. But I disagree. We bought this home. The yard is not one you often find in this area. And the home itself is an emotional purchase. We loved a lot about this house more than others that made us emotionally buy it. And now with all that we have done to it, I could see someone doing the same. And if we plan to stay in the area, then emotionally it is hard to leave it.
Often when you are making big changes, like adding-on it is a good idea to consult with a relator in your area to see if it makes sense to do what you are doing. Especially if the home is not your “forever home.” If you are planning on living in your home as long as the eye can see then you really don’t have to worry if it “makes sense for resale”. We do not know how long we will live in this home, so we want to be smart. But at the same time we are not the type of people to sit back and do nothing because it isn’t forever. Why wait. Enjoy where you live now (but be smart with your money).
To make a long story short, we live in a flood zone. We are less than a mile to the beach (praise hands). So we do have flood insurance and restrictions on how much we can add-on to our home before we have to fill in the basement with cement. We basically are allowed to spend around $100k, (based on the value of our home) before we have to pay $10k for dirt to go in our basement. What that means is, we can go out 8 feet from our home, one level (about to our deck) and not have to fill the basement.
And yes, $100k is going to be tight….But there are ways to make it work, it is more based on the basic cost of things (from what I gather).
Our basement is not livable. Nor would it ever be considered livable by insurance if we decided to fix it up. BUT we would be giving up a lot of storage if we filled it in. Our washer and dryer are in our basement. I was going to move the washer and dryer upstairs by our kitchen, but many of you brought up a good point. Noise and mess. Right now I can sort the laundry in a large open space down there. Or I can throw bedding down there and leave it until I have time to wash it. Same with beach towels etc. Ideally we would want to have a laundry room on the floor where all the bedrooms are, but our bedrooms are split up right now. In our phase 2 we can add a washer and dryer to the second floor.
This is what we are planning on doing so far-
Add-on about 280 square feet (8 feet back) now. Extend our kitchen, add a master bathroom and master closet. We can also adjust our main floor bathroom and add a stackable washer and dryer.
Then in one year, if we are planning on staying longer we will add-on to the second floor and thus not have to ever fill in the basement. You can get out of filling in the basement if you do it in stages. You do save money on flood insurance if you fill in the basement. But we really lack in storage and would hate to just fill all that storage space with dirt. Maybe phase 3 would be a garage!
Our home is paid for. We made sure to pay it completely off, insuring that we had cash to do this remodel. So it feels really great to be able to make changes without going into debt. That is important to us and our values. I share that because I don’t want others to think they should go into debt to make their home bigger or “better”. It is not worth it. We would not be doing this if we didn’t have the money for it.
We have lived in this home as-is for 4 years and loved the area we are in and the school, so much. It has served us well. We are looking forward to making a few tweaks that will serve us even better and anyone else who might possibly live here in the future.
Below are three different floor plans that our architect put together for us. Can I just say how excited I was to get these???? SO EXCITED!!!!!!
We would love to hear your thoughts! Please leave us a comment!
Floor Plan Options-
Option A- Extend the kitchen, move the sink to the back wall, add an island. Keep main floor bathroom as-is. Keep master as-is but add a master bathroom and a master closet.
Option B- Extend the kitchen, basically leave kitchen set-up similar to what it is, add an island, add a mini locker mud-room space by back door. Main floor bathroom we would move the door out past where the hall storage is and take the master bathroom closet for storage in bathroom or have it be a stacking washer and dryer. Keep master as-is but add a master bathroom and a master closet.
Option C- Extend the kitchen, move the sink to the back, add an island, add a mini locker mud-room space by back door and have the back door be a straight shot to the back yard. Main floor bathroom we would move the door out past where the hall storage is and take the master bathroom closet and have it be a stacking washer and dryer also do a pocket door. Keep master as-is but add a master bathroom and a master closet- all with pocket doors.
This was the final drawing after we had talked and added my thoughts. Pocket doors save a bunch of space. Also I didn’t want to lose that wall in our master to a door to the closet (our dresser is currently on that wall). So now the plans show that you get into the closet from the bathroom. I do want to have the master shower also be a tub, so we will still adjust that. We are also opening up slightly the entrance to the kitchen, taking off the door frames and making it wider (you will see what I mean if you compare option A with C).
I will say our realtor (who is darling and so helpful). Suggested that we make the main floor all open and move the master bedroom upstairs and get rid of the center bathroom. Making it a wide open floor plan. Also take down the wall in our living room that now separates our kitchen. If we did what she is suggesting we would lose our basement and have to do the second floor addition right away.
Love to hear your thoughts!!! What would you do???
Stay tuned to see my design plan for these spaces! Yes, we are going to completely do a new kitchen. New floor, new appliances, new! If you aren’t aware our kitchen cabinets are actually reface-ed meaning they are really the old cabinets with just a face lift. So I am excited to have our kitchen be a little more swanky!!!