Of all the room additions and alterations a homeowner can make, one that is enjoying a resurgence in popularity is the creation of a great room. Our lives are so busy that it’s hard to find time to spend with family at home. Once we find it, we need the space to enjoy being together without feeling cramped.
A great room addition could be the answer. The ideal great room ties together a number of family functions – primarily eating, living, and entertainment.
Some newer homes are now designed with the great room concept. However, if you want a great room in a more traditional house, it is very likely that some walls will need to come down during the room addition construction. Older homes tend to have smaller rooms that are entirely closed off from each other. A Great Room addition will provide the space for the family to spread out and enjoy time together.
Working With A General Contractor For Your Home Addition
Knocking out walls or demolishing columns that are in the way is a tricky business best left to the pros because many walls are load bearing. You may think that you know which are the supporting walls in your home but it will be a little too late to say “whoops” if the ceiling comes crashing down when tearing down the dining room wall.
It is often well worth working with a general contractor who works with a designer and an architect when planning the addition of a new great room. A good great room is as efficient and functional as it is attractive, and an architect is just the person who will ensure the home addition project is handled right.
Once all of the basic planning and major structural issues have been squared away, it is then time to think about the fine detail. It’s well worth remembering that the idea behind this Sonoma County remodeling project is that you and your family will be spending a great deal of time in this room, so seemingly minor touches such as hardwood floors, some decorative crown molding, or built-in shelves can really make all the difference. A general contractor can ensure you have everything you need for your home addition construction.
Designing Your Great Room Addition
The new space needs to integrate flawlessly with the existing architectural style of the home. It also needs to continue the design elements that exist in your home. Otherwise, the new space looks obviously added on. This is where an experienced designer and architect can really help. From the roof and siding design to the interior decorative features, you want everything to look and feel seamless between the new construction and the old.