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Family Room Addition

For most homeowners, having a casual gathering spot for friends and family is a must. That’s why family rooms have become such a staple in American homes—they are multifunctional and provide the perfect space for sitting back and relaxing. Here’s how to design a great family room for your own home.

Costs

The cost of adding a family room or simply revamping an existing space depends on a variety of factors. Converting a garage or basement into a family room could cost as little as $200 or as much as $50,000, depending on the level of quality and the work that needs to be done.

Building a family room addition from scratch typically costs between $75 and $250 per square foot, also depending on the cost of labor and the materials used. This is a very popular home addition with currently competitive labor rates. Get a price quote from a licensed contractor to weight your options.

Pros

The family room is a comfortable gathering place for friends and family alike.

This room can be used for a variety of occasions and events.

The family room tends to have a more relaxed, multipurpose feel than a formal living room.

Cons

Adding a family room can be costly.

The family room may not be suitable for hosting formal parties with outside guests.

Durability

The durability of your family room depends on the type of materials used to put the room together (type of flooring, etc.), as well as the amount of traffic the room gets. Speak with your contractor for advice on how to best take care of this room.

Common Questions and Answers

Are there additional costs that need to be considered when adding a family room addition?

Yes, besides the cost of labor and materials, you most likely will have to hire an architect to create a plan for the addition. This could cost anywhere from $700 to $10,000 depending on the project size, complexity, etc.

What is the difference between a family room and a living room?

That depends. If a home doesn’t really have two distinguishable spaces, i.e. one that can be called a living room and one that can be called a family room, then the names are really interchangeable. However, in homes where there are two separate spaces, t



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