9 Unique and Fun Room Addition Ideas

9 Unique and Fun Room Addition Ideas

Additions and Remodels
Kitchen Remodeling
Bathroom Remodeling
By Contractors.com Team August 23, 2021

Room additions are a great way to bring in some extra flavor into your home. While the most fundamental features like bathrooms, bedrooms, and the kitchen are present in every home, there is always more room to get creative — especially if you have the room. One challenge many homeowners come up against in their quest to create their dream home is determining whether adding a room to a house requires a remodel or renovation. 

When it comes to home additions, either route is a possibility. If you are thinking about creating a recreation room in your basement, you will need to renovate the space and install all the necessary amenities. If you are looking to build a butler’s pantry, on the other hand, you may need to remodel a kitchen closet to make extra space. This will depend on the space you choose to work with, but whether you spruce up or build-up, there are some great ideas for room additions. Which one you choose to create in your home will naturally also depend on the home addition costs involved and whether it fits your lifestyle.

1. A Classy Butler's Pantry

Adding A Butler's Pantry Is the Best Present You Can Gift Yourself All Year

Adding A Butler's Pantry Is the Best Present You Can Gift Yourself All Year

Ever heard of a butler’s pantry? Maybe not as it’s rather an old-school term. In the times of its initiation, it was only found in the wealthier homes (which also housed butlers) — it was an absolute must-have in the manors and villas. More commonly referred to as the pantry or back kitchen, the butler’s pantry comes with advantages that many modern kitchens are eager to make use of.

First, there is the extra space. You’ve probably had to cook in a busy kitchen full of people as all chaos ensues around you. When you have guests over and there are people running back and forth through the kitchen, it can really hinder both the cooking and socializing, making things stressful. A back kitchen gives you the extra prep space to keep things clean and flowing even on the busiest days. It can be used as a cooking prep room, storage for extra cookware and appliances, a coffee corner, or even a little space for washing up so that dirty dishes aren’t visible during the party.

Creating a butler’s kitchen is relatively easy so long as you have some extra room. Many homeowners convert their kitchen closets into a pantry kitchen, whereas others build them in the hallway that leads to the dining room. Building a butler’s pantry with all the amenities of a standard kitchen, such as a working sink, cabinets, and oven will come to around $5,000. It is a luxury amongst room additions and definitely something you’re going to be showing off (even if it’s backstage).

2. The Bright Sunroom

 

If You Have An Itch to Remodel, Add a Sunroom for Extra Joy Year-Round

If You Have An Itch to Remodel, Add a Sunroom for Extra Joy Year-Round

The benefits of the outdoors can sometimes come with inconveniences too. Whether it is the bugs, the uncertain weather, or the scorching heat of the sun, sometimes you just need a place to be closer to nature without getting too close. With a sunroom, you can enjoy the sun from the comfort of a controlled environment free of the nuisances that come with sitting outside in the heat.

A sunroom addition doesn’t have to be anything too complicated — a room with plenty of windows and a bright interior design is more than enough to create the perfect environment for you to lounge, read, or do yoga in. There are various styles of sunrooms to choose from depending on your stylistic and functional preferences.

With the help of professional glaziers and contractors, the average sunroom cost will start from $8,000 and work its way up the more features and glam you include.

3. Private Powder Room

Sacrifice Closet Space for An En-Suite Bathroom and Increase Home Value

Sacrifice Closet Space for An En-Suite Bathroom and Increase Home Value

A big part of living in a big family is waiting in line for the bathroom. On a busy morning when everyone is in a rush to get ready for work and school, bathrooms schedules can get very hectic. An easy way around this problem is to add your own private powder room. This can be via a master suite addition or further from the chaos so that it can serve as a guest bathroom as well.

A powder room addition can help you get ready for work at your own pace and avoid hitting morning traffic before you hit the road. Many larger homes come with an ensuite bathroom, but not everyone has this luxury. Many homeowners decide to convert a bedroom closet or separate a part of the bedroom to turn it into a powder room.

Considering the plumbing and electrical extensions that need to be done it makes sense that creating a powder room can get a little costly. You can expect to pay at least $10,000 to create an ensuite powder room. But is peeing in peace? Priceless. If you decide to opt for somewhere else in the house that already has access to existing amenities, you can get away with a smaller budget and have so much fun decorating your small powder room.

3. Serene Spa Room

The Ideal Spa Room for All the TLC You Need At Home

The Ideal Spa Room for All the TLC You Need At Home

Speaking of powder rooms: if you have a master bathroom that has some room to spare you can create a little extension and convert it into a private spa room. Spas are not just there for that feeling of luxury. Sure, knowing that you have your own private spa at home is going to significantly improve your home value. But there are also many practical and equally important applications to the room — self-care.

You need a place to unwind after a long day of working or studying. Filling up the tub and dropping your favorite bath bomb is a great way to do this. But what if you were to take this comfort to new heights? Install a few oil fragrance diffusers, dim lighting fixtures, invest in a steam shower, and you have yourself the perfect at-home spa.

The cost of building a spa at home will vary depending on the kind of installations you want. If you’ll be satisfied with a simple jacuzzi and a few smaller fixtures for ambiance, you can get away with building one for around $5,000. Going all out and creating an authentic spa experience will cost upwards of $18,000.

5. Home Music Studio

Have You Considered A Room Addition for the Musician At Home?

Have You Considered A Room Addition for the Musician At Home?

Those in your household who are musically inclined will appreciate having a little space to themselves for making music or just jamming out when they are bored. The default is to explore the hobby in their own room or common rooms like the living room. But it’s is not often that the walls around those rooms are soundproof. If you’re thinking about a room addition, then consider giving the budding talent in your family a properly sound-proofed room for them to practice in away from other eyes and ears.

The basement or garage is an ideal space to convert for this purpose (for neighbors as well). Make sure to discuss insulation options with your contractor to ensure soundproofing. From there it’s all about the musical instruments and the vibes. There are plenty of music room decor ideas to explore to further cement the escapist ambiance of the room.

What is even more exciting about building your own music room is that it can be a cost-effective project. Soundproofing foam is fairly inexpensive and you can insulate an entire room for around $500. If you are looking for something more specialized, such as recording equipment, high-quality speakers, and even a recording booth, this will cost you over $20,000. 

6. Traditional Hearth Room

Having A Fireplace to Hang Out Around May Be Simpler than You Think

Having A Fireplace to Hang Out Around May Be Simpler than You Think

Let’s take a break from all the conveniences of modern technology for a second and think about the simple, traditional joys of being a homeowner. One of the oldest rooms used for relaxation in bigger homes was the hearth room. It was essentially a living room with a fireplace that the family could gather in and chat in the evenings. 

Today, most fireplaces are incorporated into the living room, which is increasingly a multi-functional space not always ideal to unwind in. While this is more efficient in terms of space, it does take away from the cozy atmosphere that a dedicated hearth room offers. Living rooms have TVs, computers, and tend to get very noisy; the antithesis of what hearth rooms were typically about.

If you have an extra fireplace that is not in the living room and you wish to create a separate lounge for you and your loved ones, then creating a hearth room will be easy. You can still enjoy hours of crackling wood, warm drinks, and pleasant conversations if you don’t already have a fireplace as well. Depending on the kind of fireplace and framing you choose, the cost of building a hearth room will vary. Electric fireplaces tend to be more affordable at around $1,500, whereas more intricate fireplaces which may require a professional mason to build will cost upwards of $8,000. 

7. Entertainment Room 

The Attic, Basement, or Garage Are Perfect for an Add-On Game Room

The Attic, Basement, or Garage Are Perfect for an Add-On Game Room

Having fun is an important part of living a healthy life, no matter your age. Some people enjoy the simple pleasures of reading a book, talking to others, or gardening. But for those who have a little competition in their blood and looking to host some fun game nights, the recreation room, or entertainment hall, is a classic addition to your home to consider.

There are a lot of ways to implement an entertainment room into your home. Creating one in the basement is a convenient option, as is converting a garage or attic. Regardless of where it is, you will need to purchase a few rec room requisites. With only $1,500 to $3,000 you can build a fully-furnished entertainment hall for you and your guests to enjoy, complete with foosball, air hockey, dartboard, and even a virtual reality headset. Perhaps you’re a board gamer and all you need is some comfortable (snack-resistant) seating and cabinets to house the classics. Either way, you can have countless hours of fun letting loose in a separate and safe space when you know you’ve entered the game room. 

8. The Convenient Mudroom

You'll Be Asking Yourself How You Lived Without One Before

You'll Be Asking Yourself How You Lived Without One Before

During rainy seasons, nothing is worse than cleaning the floors only for a few wanderers to come in and get mud all over it again. You would think that leaving the shoes by the door is an easy way around this problem. But leaving muddy shoes by the door is not appealing if you have guests over or flooring that’s sensitive to moisture. 

This is why the aptly named mudroom is such an essential part of the family lifestyle — if you have the space for it. A special space where you can leave dirty shoes and clothing, plus organize backpacks and coats away from the common rooms. They are typically found near the front door and give your guests some space where they can leave their muddy footwear. 

Some mudrooms are off of the back door of the house and can be equipped with a washing machine and sink for after-play wash-ups. Depending on the size of the mudroom, as well as the kind of installation you wish to make, from heated flooring to multifunctional furniture, designing and building one will cost you around $7,000. But take this estimate with a grain of salt, as yours may have entirely different features.

9. The Enclosed Porch

Adding On to the Exterior of Your House On a Budget

Adding On to the Exterior of Your House On a Budget

If building a sunroom is not an option but you do have a porch, don’t throw away your dreams of comfortable outdoor living just yet — an enclosed or screened porch is the next best thing. Sitting on the porch, contemplating your next home improvement project, and enjoying a cold beverage is one of the best ways to be lazy over the summer. Unfortunately, as with sitting in the backyard, spending time on the porch can also remind you of all the reasons you don’t like the summer. If the heat does not coax you into going back inside, the bugs definitely will.

A screened-in porch allows you to enjoy the fresh air and the gentle breeze without having to be sitting outside. With a roof over your head and screens covering the windows, completely under the impression of being in an enclosed room.

Screened porches are also much more cost-effective than sunrooms, with the average price coming to around $2,000. Putting up screens on your porch is also a relatively easy DIY project, so if you can do it yourself you will even save some money on the installation.

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