Uncommon Rooms You May Love Adding to Your House

Uncommon Rooms You May Love Adding to Your House

Decoration and Design
Interior Design
By Emma Sarkisyan November 11, 2021

Do you have extra space in your house, but have no idea what to do with it? Maybe you’ve just bought a new house and are in need of interesting room ideas to fill with leisure. Perhaps you want to remodel the house by adding a couple of specialized rooms for your hobbies you've been wanting to indulge in but didn't have the space to. Whichever boat you’re in, adding a room is a remodeling process usually associated with stress, but it doesn’t have to be.

Before you start doing anything major, it's good to plan everything out. What's the budget? Do you want a dark aesthetic room? Maybe a cozy room? What kind of space do you want to add to your house in general? Do you want to start gradually or tear everything down and start from the ground? These are all questions that you need to know the answers to before you hire a construction company or decide to dive into it yourself. If you don’t already know the purpose of your new room, you’ll definitely need some inspiration in order to decide. 

Hearth Room

A Cozy Hearth Room That Brings People Together

A Cozy Hearth Room That Brings People Together

You have probably heard about a hearth room once or twice, maybe even nodded in agreement to your neighbor about the amazing one they have. As the name suggests, it is a room with a fireplace at the center of it. Traditionally, it's more casual than the living room. It's a great place for the family to get together. In most house projects the room is usually situated in the same space as the kitchen. You can always have it separate from your kitchen; it all depends on your floor plan.

Why add a hearth room to your house, you may ask? First of all, a fireplace adds value to your house. When and if you decide to sell your house, the hearth room will give you an advantage. Second of all, it's pretty cool to have a room where the whole family can get together, play board games, watch movies, and just have a nice time. If you don’t have the fireplace yet but have the design ideas in mind, then it’s a perfect opportunity to create the visually harmonious room of your dreams. The average price of a fireplace could go between $884 and $3,800, depending on the materials. Decoration and remodeling of the room itself could be pretty budget-friendly — it mostly depends on your preferences.

Conservatory 

Advantages of Having a Conservatory Room

Advantages of Having a Conservatory Room

A conservatory room can be a beautiful addition to your house. It usually appears spacious because the roof and the walls are made of glass (glazed), and the lights that the room soaks in make it visually bigger. Of course, many houses may boast very grand conservatories, but you don’t have to have a big scale in order to have a magical one yourself. This is especially true if your conservatory is going to be an extension to your house.

The one disadvantage of the conservatory is that it can get overheated due to all the glazed windows. As a solution, you could improve the insulation of the roof and block out some of that light. You will have to give up some of your roof light, but the conservatory itself will still remain a perfect spot for your breakfast time or a place where you can host your friends for brunch. There's always an option of adding AC fans or a heating system, so you can enjoy the room all year round. Next comes the fun part of choosing decor and material ideas for your perfect conservatory.

Since it's a bit of a complicated structure, it's better to hire a special conservatory company that could handle all the details. The average price you can expect to pay can be up to  $30,000. If you're keen on doing everything yourself, however, the expenses could be under $20,000. 

Butler’s Pantry

A Butler’s Pantry Can Provide Extra Kitchen Storage

A Butler’s Pantry Can Provide Extra Kitchen Storage


The kitchen is such an essential part of the house. If you like cooking, you have probably spent hours planning every detail in your kitchen. Of course, everyone wants a big and spacious kitchen for so many reasons — big family, hosting friends or relatives, having the space to move around, etc. If your kitchen planning involves extra space that you don't know what to do with, a butler's pantry could be your new best friend. It's sort of a "backstage kitchen". It's a bit hidden from plain sight, which makes it perfect if you want to cook there, use it as extra storage, or hide the mess of the prep process when you're hosting guests. Building the butler's pantry could be tricky if you don't have enough space, but there are certain tips and tricks on how you can do it anyway. Providing that your kitchen has the necessary space for the pantry, the average price of building one could be around $2000.

Sauna Room

A Sauna Room Helps you Relax After a Long Day

A Sauna Room Helps you Relax After a Long Day

A sauna is an amazing place to relax. Imagine coming home after a long, hard day, knowing that you have a sauna room. It’s exciting, isn't it? It is perfect for relieving tension and relaxing those overworked muscles. You can build a separate sauna room or combine it with your bathroom. If not, it's not an issue. The price for an average home sauna is typically around $1,000 for one-to-two-person models. If you want something fancier, you can even add special lights, a sound system, and other accessories. If you want a budget-friendly option, check out portable saunas that could range from $200 to $500.  

Home Theater

A Home Theater For the Whole Family

A Home Theater For the Whole Family

If you want to go to a movie theater, but you’re either hesitant or don’t feel comfortable because of COVID-19, then maybe building a home theater is not a bad idea. If you have a media room, why not upgrade it to a whole new level? The upgrade could be a little pricey but it's worth it. The typical home theater has a reputation of being a dark, moody room in the basement; but it doesn’t have to be.

You don't really have to fully equip your home theater.  Instead, you could start small and add accessories as you go. If you want to upgrade, The average for simple customization can start with $500. If you’re going to build a whole new room, then it can go anywhere between $5,000 and $50,000. If you are crafty with a tool belt, you can build the home theater with your own hands and save some money on the labor fees. 

Cellar Room

A Cellar Room for Beverage Collectors

A Cellar Room for Beverage Collectors

Have you ever walked around the Napa Valley vineyards and thought about getting a cellar room sometime? Well, now is your time. If you're a collector or just someone who appreciates a good bottle of wine, you can always devote your extra space to creating a cellar room. Since it is a unique hobby, the design and decor can be very different depending on the taste of the homeowner. Remember that the room itself needs to have a good climate control system. A dark, dry spot, away from windows is always a good choice. Invest in a good fridge, custom cabinets, build a seated bar to host the guests, and voilà, you will have a place to fulfill your beverage collecting hobby.

The average price of the cellar room depends on many factors, but the main one is the size of the room. The typical construction cost ranges between $300 and $600 per square foot. If you have a big space for the cellar, you can pay up to $40,000 for it. 

Home Library

A Home Library For Rainy Days

A Home Library For Rainy Days

Having a home library is not uncommon.  If you’re a true bibliophile and have the itch to add a room, you can really let your library fantasies loose. You could go for one of those types of rooms in a house where you can spend a rainy day snuggled up with a good book and a cup of tea. If you want to build the library yourself,  your main expense would be the materials. That could be anywhere between $5 to $150 if you don’t have to remodel the room. Before starting, it's good to have a plan or a vision in mind. Doing so will make the process easier. Set a budget and stick to it, that way you won't exceed it.

If you feel like you need something grander like the library from  Beauty and the Beast, then it's better to hire professionals. The price will mostly depend on the planning, materials, and labor fees. It could range anywhere between $1,000 to $10,000.

Closet Room

A Closer Room to Help You Organize Your Space

A Closer Room to Help You Organize Your Space

A closet room might be something that could help you declutter the space you have and turn it into a cozy room that's highly organized. You can give it a black room aesthetic or a light one, depending on the current decor design you already have. If you plan to remodel your bedroom and add a big closet,  you can implement any idea you come up with. Building a big walk-in closet is not expensive as you might think — and it's very practical. The closet room can give you additional storage space and make the rest of the room more comfortable. Depending on whether you do it yourself or hire a specialist, the average price could range between $1,000 to $3,000.


Home Gym

A Home Gym to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

A Home Gym to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

If you love a healthy lifestyle, and you love working out on a daily basis, why not turn your extra space into a home gym? You won’t have to drive anywhere, won’t have to try to fit hectic workout sessions in your tight schedule, and you won’t be paying for a gym membership. Instead, you can create your own fitness room and fill it with the equipment you want. The beauty of it all is that the gym room will pay itself out eventually, while gym memberships most likely won't. Plus, with the pandemic, it is much safer to exercise at home. You can turn your attic, basement, or spare room into your personal gym.

The home gyms can be very different depending on the type of exercises you usually do. The average cost could be around $4,000 but it all depends on the equipment you will buy. Since it is highly recommended to go for the best, the ultimate price could vary as a result.

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Emma Sarkisyan

Written by Emma Sarkisyan

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