A home addition—no matter how small it is—can be an expensive and tedious project to undertake. Thankfully, there is an option that allows you to avoid costly roof or foundation work and yet provides you with new and practical space. You can opt for a ‘bump-out addition’ and hang the new space off the side of your house. We ensure you that it is a secure, clever and cost-effective way to add more space to your house.
How bump-out additions work
Ideally, a bump-out can be built to about three feet deep and as long as 10 to 12 feet. Such floor area is enough to add a dining space to your kitchen or to have a bigger tub and shower room for your master bathroom.
After opening up the portion of your wall where your addition will be connected, the adjacent floor will be pulled up and longer horizontal framing components will be attached to the existing ones. In this way, the floor joists will extend past your house’s outer wall, enabling them to carry the weight of the bump-out. On the other hand, the new floor can be supported by angled kickers that run from the bump-outs outer edge and back to the house. In a way, they function like the brackets under a bookshelf.
Since you’ve eliminated the need for foundation work, you can save about 15% of the construction costs as compared to the traditional home extension methods. If you can tuck the bump-out under existing roofing, you may even be able to save another 10-15%. In such case, all you have to build is the wall. There are also other cases where you can simply extend the existing roof above the bump out. This option is more affordable than constructing a new, separate roof.
Ideas for bump-out additions
There are many applications for bump-out additions. Here are just some of them:
Have an l-shaped kitchen? Turn it into a full u-shape!
Some kitchens are wide enough to make room for cabinets on two adjoining walls. If you want to add a third wall of countertops and cabinets, building a bump-out addition would be the ideal solution. You can turn your L-shaped kitchen to a full U-shape and have enough storage space and work surface. There are also designs that allow you to add an island in the middle.
Love shopping for clothes? Build a walk-in wardrobe!
Adding a few extra feet to your master bedroom is the ideal solution to expanding your wardrobe space. In this way, you would not have to deal with your cramped pole-and-shelf set up. With a bump-out addition, you can walk into your wardrobe with functional storage options, including cubbies and adjustable shelving!
Have an extra dining area in the kitchen
When we’re in a hurry, we want to have our food eaten near the stove and sink. Building a bump-out addition gives you more space in your kitchen so you can have a dining area there. You can build it large enough to have space for a table and chairs. On the other hand, the extra space will allow you to have an island or a diner-style booth. Such requires less space as compared to having a table and chairs. This can be achieved through a bump-out and it will cost less than a traditional home extension.
Transform an extra bedroom into a family room
Do you have a spare bedroom that you rarely use? Well, you can opt for a bump-out and turn that room into a space with plenty of room for extra furniture. It can be transformed into a lounge area, a playroom, hobby space or home office. On the other hand, you may want to turn it into a multi-purpose room that serves all the aforementioned purposes. You can use the money you’d save by bumping-out for new furniture or appliances.
Choose a trusted builder for your bump-out project
While a bump-out may sound like a simple project to undertake, a little mistake can cost you a lot of money down the construction process. That is why it is important to choose an experienced and trusted builder for such projects.
At Element Construction, we have a team of award-winning builders who are experienced and skilled when it comes to home extensions, bump-outs, renovations and other construction projects. We won’t deny that there’s no shortage in builders in the area. However, we can confidently say that we are a cut above the rest. We pride ourselves in providing quality workmanship and absolute customer satisfaction.
As such, we always work closely with our clients. We ensure that we will carefully listen to your needs and specifications. This will allow us to come up with an ideal bump-out design that will be suitable to your requirements and budget.
Contact Element Construction today and our friendly staff will help you determine the ideal bump-out solution for your specific needs and budget.