Many spaces in your home have a designated purpose. For example, your kitchen is for cooking and your living room is for spending time with family and friends. However, sometimes your home has some extra square footage or an area that doesn't have a designated purpose. This space is generally referred to as a bonus room.
A finished bonus room can offer immense real estate value to your home, but bringing this room to life sometimes takes a little inspiration. Whether you’re looking for the perfect nook to read your books or a space to rock out on your guitar, we have some unique bonus room ideas that will help you transform this part of your home into a place that adds value and functionality to your life.
Important Tips For Finishing a Bonus Room
Before you jump in and start renovating, there are a few things that you should know about fixing up a bonus room. First, check with your local permit office to see if your renovation plans meet building code requirements. By contacting the permit office, this will ensure that you’re able to do construction without breaking any rules.
After this step, assess your room to see if you need to invest in plumbing, gas, and HVAC. Some bonus rooms like an attic may lack these amenities and you may want to add them to make the space livable. Finally, be aware that if your renovated room has significant remodeling done to it, it may also increase your property tax. Once you check these things off your list, you can get started!
Design Ideas for Your Bonus Space
You can also invest in equipment like exercise machines, foam rollers, and hand weights to stock your gym for your favorite workouts. With a gym at home, you’ll never want to take an “off-day.”
Adding value to your home
A bonus room is basically a blank slate that makes your home feel bigger, so why not create an enjoyable space? With so many options to choose from that cater to you and your family’s at-home needs, the possibilities are endless. Whether it's your first home or forever home, anyone will be impressed when you give them a tour and you’ll gain both intrinsic and financial value from this new space in your home.
Lauren McDermott has written for the lifestyle, home, and insurance industries and inspires her readers to pursue their personal goals. She enjoys writing about home decorating, renovation, and the real estate industry.
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