Our customers often lament that their homes “are not big enough” or “don’t meet their needs”. What this usually means is that they need more targeted space such as a guest bedroom, hobby/creative studio or office area. Adding on to an existing home usually involved tearing out walls and significant life disruptions for the entire family. There may be a better way. Consider adding a small detached building to give you that extra space.
Having a separate space can be ideal if you goal is private uninterrupted creative or work pursuits. Often, just an 8×10 or 10×12 building provides more then adequate space.
If your goal is to provide a guest room, you might want to consider adding a small full bath. A studio or office space might not require one, or maybe only a half bath will suffice.
Adding a detached single room can allow a growing family to stay in a house longer or eliminate a time wasting commute. Not only does it provide privacy for the user but also allows the rest of the family to be as noisy as they like.
Many times people just need a private space to get away from it all to think or read. Come to think of it…I could use that myself. Artist, writers and hobbyists often times find creativity increases when they are able to concentrate without interruption in their own space. A separate home office increases work efficiency for many people and allows them to get work done in record time.
When deciding how large a space you need, keep in mind what you need to have in the room and how you will be using it. Smaller is often better then larger. Depending on the size of the building and your location, you may not need a building permit or you may have many building restrictions that need to be considered. Also, think about where it will sit in your yard and how much yard space it will consume.
Adding a deck or patio to your detached building can help tie it into the rest of the yard and make your outdoor living space more cohesive and integrated. It can also provide more deck area for a family/friends get-together or other event.
Natural light may be very important to not only a creative room but also to an office. Natural light wakes you up and makes you more productive. Think about location and size of windows, views, and privacy. Skylights are also an option.
Ideas for the use of a detached room include
- Musicians studio
- Woodworking shop
- Fitness center
- Outdoor kitchen or dining pavilion
- Artist/crafter studio
- Mother-in-law apartment
Finally, but not least important, consider the need for electricity and plumbing, cable TV, Phone hookups, etc.. Electricity is usually not too difficult or expensive but plumbing could be more so. Do you need air conditioning or heating. Space heat is an option and also portable air conditioners or ceiling fans. You would need to consider all these things if you build directly onto your house though.
We here at Padilla Construction would be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you have. We can help you plan and build your new detached addition. Give us a call anytime.