Advanced Builders & Contractors Blog: Archive for the ‘Room Additions’ Category

Ideas for a Garage Conversion

Monday, September 14th, 2020

carpenterIn Southern California, the most popular type of room conversion for a house is the garage conversion. This is partially because of the nature of how homes are constructed here: it’s hard to do a basement conversion when almost no houses have basements, and local attics are often too small to make effective living or working areas. Garages, however… California houses often have expansive double garages, and there is plenty a remodel can do to convert a garage into a new living area.

A garage conversion isn’t as simple as moving the car out and putting furniture in! It’s a major remodeling job. When you work with our team of designers and builders for your room conversion or room addition in Hidden Hills, CA, you’ll end up with the results you want. We’ll help you with ideas for realizing a great garage conversion. Below are a number to consider as you think about the first stages of a conversion.

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Benefits of the Bump Out and Where You Can Put One in Your House

Monday, August 17th, 2020

yellow-hardhat-leather-glovesWhen you hear “room addition for a house,” what comes to mind? Probably a large construction project that takes out a huge chunk of the available outdoor property to create a new bedroom, den, or home office. But an addition doesn’t need to be so immense, and it doesn’t even need to take up much physical space at all. The bump out is a type of addition that can make a larger difference to a household without an enormous construction project or having to find extra space around the house to sacrifice. It’s a micro-addition that can bring big benefits.

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What Are Some Possibilities for Room Additions?

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

ktichen-planning-toolsWhen you need more space, or you want to change how you use the current space in your house, you don’t have to scrap it all and buy a new one. The room addition is a great option for getting the most out of your current home as well as raise its value. The rate of return of a room addition can be high, as long as you have the job done by a professional contractor who can handle all the steps from design to the fine touches.

The room addition is often more flexible than people realize. It covers more than sticking a new space onto the side of a house. Below are some of the basic types of room additions in Hidden Hills, CA you can have for your house.

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The ADU: Potentially Untapped Income From Home

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, an ADU is an abbreviation of the term Accessory Dwelling Unit. These are typically second (or third, as permitted in some areas) housing units on a residential property. So, what does this mean? Well … your garage, or your backyard could be a well of untapped income. Every city is going to have its own rules, and since we are located in Los Angeles County, we can only speak to what we see going on here. Always check with your local city housing department to see what the rules are where you live.

So, does that mean you have to live in the main house? Actually, many Angelinos are even renting out their main home and settling into the ADU for themselves. For those wading into the river of retirement, whose children are no longer in the home, or who just don’t need that much space (ADUs are typically between 400–1,200 sq. ft), living in the second or third unit suits their needs just fine. Plus, you get to enjoy the brand newness of it all.

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The Dormer Addition as a Home Expansion

Monday, March 16th, 2020

house-palm-treesYou have numerous options for room additions to expand out the living, working, and recreational space of your current house. But a problem many homeowners encounter is they don’t have the exterior space available for these additions. There are other choices that don’t increase the footprint of your house, however. One of them is the dormer addition.

A dormer, for people who don’t know this architectural term, is a window that projects from a sloping roof. The dormer has its own roof, which can be style in various way to either match the home or create an interesting counterpoint to it. Some homeowners add dormers almost strictly for the way they can enhance or change the style of the front of the house, or increase the house’s size, essentially giving the house another “eye.” (There’s also a false dormer, a window that doesn’t look in on anything. This isn’t a current popular trend and is often associated with poor design choices.)

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Looking Into the California Room Addition

Monday, October 14th, 2019

house-with-shaded-yardIn our previous post listing a few of the most popular room additions for homes, we wrote about the “California room.” If you live in Southern California, you may consider every room in your house to be a California room. But this specific kind of addition is for homes looking to get a full Southern California experience with an open-air space that combines the benefits of the indoors and the outdoors.

And just because you already live in California doesn’t mean you can’t make your home even more Californian with a beautiful space like this. We’re going to provide more details about the California room to help you visualize the possibilities. Our team of designers are glad to help you find out more about this and other ideas for room additions in Calabasas, CA and throughout the Los Angeles Area.

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3 Things to Consider Before a Room Addition

Monday, December 25th, 2017

new-room-additionIt’s nice to be close to your family, but sometimes it’s nicer to get some space. Some people buy a new house when they’re looking for space, but that’s not for everyone. Maybe you love your home and the neighborhood you live in, or maybe you just don’t want to deal with a big move right now. You’re ready to add on a room addition though, or so you might think.

Don’t make your decision final until you’ve done all your research. We love being the choice contractors in Los Angeles for so many residents, but we don’t want anyone to make a decision without due diligence!

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What to Know about the Process of Adding a Bathroom

Monday, November 13th, 2017

bathroom-tile-tubSo you’re considering adding a bathroom to the home. In the earliest stages, this seems like an exciting plan. But with just a little more time, the prospect of a bathroom addition can become quite daunting. If you’re at this point, we understand, but we want to reassure you of this: with the right contractors working to organize and execute your room renovation or addition, it’s a whole lot easier.

Still, there are some things you need to know when you’re going into the process of a bathroom addition. Don’t finalize any plans for your new bathroom until you read our advice or call our team!

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Types of Room Additions

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Room additions allows for a lot more space within your house to provide room for other stuffs you might want included in your house building such as an additional room, flower room, sun room etc. Room additions are available in different designs and types. Some additions like a 2nd story, washrooms, distinctive media rooms, or master suites can easily cost just as much as you want and at times equaling the cost of the main house itself.

Before adding, you should be aware of the numerous styles and types of room addition:

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Questions To Ask Before Having a Room Addition

Monday, August 28th, 2017

In your venture to acquire the perfect room addition it is necessary to have checked out showrooms, combed through property magazines and catalogs, checked out friends’ houses and might have possibly found a style that appeals to you. With all these research, maybe you have a spending budget, a target and perhaps a scrapbook filled up with clippings and brochures. In spite of this, prior to commencing your addition project there are certain questions you should ask yourself.

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