When it comes to adding extra square footage to your home, a living room is the most multifunctional way to go. Not only can a living room addition be used for social gatherings, but it can also be a shared space for lounging, working, arts, hobbies, and more. Here’s some more information to help you decide if this is the best addition for you.
Converting an existing room into a living room can cost anywhere from $7,500 to $20,000, depending on the materials used and the complexity of the project. However, adding a new space to your existing home ranges from $10,000 to $20,000 or more for a 400-square foot space. You can get a couple price quotes and see which plan is best for your budget.
In addition to speaking with a professional contractor (especially for projects that involve demolition, etc.), it may also be necessary to hire an architect to determine if the addition will change your home’s original blueprint, and a structural engineer to ensure that your home’s foundation can support an addition.
First and foremost, it’s important to ensure that there is enough space on the existing lot to build out instead of up. Check up on your local building regulations to see how close you can build to your property line. You will also have to get the proper permits before building.
Before the 20th century, the “living room” was actually referred to as the front parlor. In an effort to create a more laid back space (and get rid of the association with the mourning practices common in such a room), architects and builders began using the term “living room.”
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