Micro Additions: When You Just Want a Little More Room

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When your home starts feeling small, it’s time to expand. Ideally, you want to move to a bigger place, but the reality is usually a bit different. Unfortunately, the majority of people don’t have the luxury to buy a brand new house or apartment. Instead, they need to make do with what they have.

But don’t worry; there are still ways to increase the space around your house without having to spend a ton of money.

If getting a bigger house is the best solution, then micro additions are the second best thing. Micro additions are those small bump-outs that you see on some houses. Basically, if a square house has a bump protruding from one of the sides that is a micro addition.

Furthermore, these small additions should not be mistaken with adding an entire room. Building a new room requires permits, careful planning so that you don’t compromise foundations of the house and a ton of other things. On the other hand, micro additions are much smaller projects; you don’t have to worry about foundations, permits, and other things of that nature. If you are handy with tools, you can even complete them by yourself.

What do you need for this project?

Micro additions are not expensive, nor demanding, but they still require a little bit of planning and preparations. First, if you have never done any construction work or this type of project, you should consult a licensed contractor. They can help you plan the project, give an estimated price, list necessary materials, and so on.

Furthermore, you will need a frame for the micro addition. One of the most common and most effective framing solutions is to use a prefabricated steel frame. These frames come in custom sizes, and you can order them in the exact shape of your micro addition. Of course, there are many other carpentry jobs during micro addition projects like flooring and installing windows, so make sure you get some professional help if you think that you can’t handle it yourself.

Where to build a micro addition?

Finally, let’s talk about what are the ideal places for micro additions. These little home extensions can add space to any room in your household, from kitchen to bedroom. However, here are three most common places.

First, we have bathrooms. With the micro addition, you can turn your small bathroom into a completely different space. For example, many people build an extension in their bathroom so that they can install a bigger shower or sink. Some bathrooms are so small that even the smallest extra space can improve their use significantly.

Another great place to build a micro-addition is the kitchen. If you feel that your kitchen is a bit too cramped or you don’t have enough room for a dining table, all you need is a couple of square feet extra. Extending your kitchen, even by just five or six square feet, can add enough room for a bigger countertop, dining table, chairs, more cabinetry, and so on.

Finally, tiny bedrooms can benefit a bunch from a micro addition. In many cases, small bedrooms don’t have enough space for a wardrobe. With a simple room extension, you can add just enough space to fit large wardrobe. Furthermore, if you want a roomier bedroom, you can build a micro addition and move your bed at that place. This way you will receive more space to add a makeup station, nightstands, etc.

And that is pretty much everything there is to micro additions. We didn’t get to talk about the prices of the micro addition projects, but that will depend on the size of the project, types of materials you use, and if you are doing it yourself or hiring contractors. However, even with professional help, micro additions will never cost you more than you will have to pay for building an entire room.

Lana Hawkins

Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor-in-chief at Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that's where she gets most of her inspiration.

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