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The Easiest Way to Add A Room

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.

Studio building 1

Studio Building

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.

Office building

Office Building

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.

Office building

Office Building

Ideas for the use of a detached room include

  • Musicians studio
  • Woodworking shop
  • Fitness center
  • Outdoor kitchen or dining pavilion
  • Playhouse
  • Artist/crafter studio
  • Bedroom
  • 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.

Living Lavishly Outdoors with 2018 Trends

As many families prepare to ramp up their time spent outside, it can be helpful to keep the latest trends in mind while planning for outdoor living spaces.

According to research from the International Casual Furnishings Association, many people use outdoor rooms for things they can do indoors – from using cellphones for calls and games to working on computers, watching TV, eating, exercising and, of course, relaxing.

Since 70 percent of survey respondents said they enjoy spending time in an outdoor living space more than inside, it’s fitting that the 2018 furnishing trends address the outdoor lifestyle experience.

“Whether enclosed or open-air, outdoor spaces have come into their own as legitimate rooms in American homes,” said Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of the American Home Furnishings Alliance and executive director of its outdoor division, the International Casual Furnishings Association. “Today’s outdoor rooms have it all – somewhere to dine, to relax and be entertained – with furnishings that function like they would for any room in the home and with style and flair that distinctly fits outdoors.”

Dining tables and chairs top many people’s outdoor shopping lists this year, followed by lounge chairs, lighting, fire pits, umbrellas and sofas. Leading the list of trends in the dynamic dining category is ultra-comfortable seating and a wide variety of table options.

Extra-large dining tables are popular for entertaining groups and al fresco dining. Yet manufacturers understand not everyone has a large outdoor space, so they also offer selections for small spaces, including dining sets suitable for apartment- and condo-size balconies, as well as sizes in-between.

The research also shows 68 percent of people use outdoor spaces several times a week in seasonally appropriate weather. Comfort, spaciousness and style were the most important factors in encouraging people to spend more time outdoors, which is why deep-seated chairs with high backs for relaxed comfort rank high on wish lists.

Often accompanying these group seating options are fire tables or pits, which continue to increase in popularity, according to the survey.

“We are seeing that fire of some sort for outdoors is topping many consumers’ wish lists again this year,” Hirschhaut said. “You just can’t beat a fire element for creating ambience.”

Much like spaces indoors, outdoor rooms are leaning more toward mixing rather than matching, both in individual pieces and in groups of pieces. To help meet this trend, try looking for pieces that incorporate several different elements such as aluminum, wicker and teak, as well as groups that pair, for example, wicker seating with iron or wood tables.

On the color spectrum, the survey found that after years of brown as a dominant color, shades of gray are increasingly peeking through as a more popular finish.

For more tips and information about creating a stylish outdoor living space, visit icfanet.org.

Summer’s Coming – It’s time to get all decked out!

chair-1218344_1280Wouldn’t it be nice to walk out onto a brand new or updated deck to sit in the sun and enjoy quality time with family and friends? Here’s some info to help you get started.

Decking material

There used to be really only one choice for decks, namely wood. You could choose from a few wood varieties but other than that, it was pretty much cut and dried (so to speak). Today there are many more choices, some of which increase lifetime and reduce maintenance. Even if you are a traditionalist who prefers wood, it’s good to know all your choices.

Pressure treated wood – The most widely used decking material (about 75%), pressure treated wood can be a maintenance chore as it is usually made from low grad pine or fir and is susceptible to splitting, warping and cracking. It is, however, the low cost solution of the lot.

Cedar/Redwood – Natural tannin in these woods help protect against rot and insects. It should be protected with a sealer to help ward off splits and cracks. If unsealed both woods will turn a light grey color with age.

Composite wood – These are a range of products made from some combination of wood and recycled plastics. They are virtually maintenance free and won’t crack, split or rot.

PVC and polyethylene – These plastic alternatives are lightweight and maintenance free but they tend to sag more them other choices and require more support. Make sure you choose ones with non-slip surfaces as many can be slippery.


Deck Railing

Railings come in all the materials listed above and others. Metal railings, for instance, can look great on a wood deck.  You can also choose clear glass like inserts to further protect access to and from the edges of your deck. There are so many variations for railings that the best thing to do is search the web for images as inspiration. Many configurations are possible.


Additional thoughts

Multilevel decks add interest and style. Rounded corners or flowing edges can also make your deck unique and more enjoyable. Flower boxes and planters integrated with your deck can help create an outdoor oasis you can be proud of.