Your home should be a representation of you and your family. It’s okay to think outside the box and incorporate spaces that truly enhance your lifestyle. So adding a bonus room, or great room, to your home is fantastic!
A bonus room is a room created by remodeling or adding an addition designed for multiple possible uses. Bonus rooms can be over a garage, in the garage (like a garage conversion), a loft, second story addition, or downstairs room addition. It is functional space in the house that does not fit within the definitions of the other rooms found in the house. A bonus room is usually not one of the other typical rooms like kitchen, bedroom, family room, living room, or den. It is in fact a unique room of usable space.
Another consideration for your bonus room could be a separate free standing building similar to a granny flat. That way it has its own private kitchen, bathroom(s), and sound proofing. Additionally, a separate building has natural sound proofing due to not sharing a wall and having some distance away from the main home.
Bonus Room Ideas
For inspiration, here are some of our favorite large bonus room ideas:
Movie nights: Consider adding a home theater with a large screen TV or projector, surround-sound system, comfy seating or even multi-tiered theater style seating, concessions area (like a mini bar, popcorn machine, etc.) proper lighting, and more.
In-home gym: Workout room, weight lifting equipment, yoga studio, racquetball court, swim spa, rock-climbing wall, etc.
Party or Game Room: Game nights in a game room are great! Some game examples include: playing cards, board games, video games, and maybe even twister. Include a wet bar and bar stools, a pumping sound system, tables and chairs, pool table, ping pong table, dart board, and free standing video games or pinball machines for an upscale resort effect.
Home Office: A home office, also known as a study, is a room in a house that is used for paperwork, computer work, or reading. Historically, the study of a house was reserved for use as the private office and reading room of a head of a household. But today studies are open to the whole family. In contrast, a home office is generally either to operate a home business, or to work from home while away from a formal professional office.
Consider your storage needs. We can build for you the necessary functional storage you need with the design aesthetic you want.
- Shelves for storage and displays
- Benches and/or window seating with hidden storage options
- In wall TV and entertainment units with a clean look. Hide wires and cables and also provide space for electronics, components, and devices.
Problems with Bonus Rooms
Traditionally, a bonus room might lack the comforts of a regular room in your home. They were typically found in attics, above garages, or in other forgotten spaces. Almost as an afterthought, many builders would add onto the home in a hap-hazard manner so it would not look right with the rest of the house.
Also, it was common to skimp on supplies, features, and insulation. They were known to be uncomfortable in hot or cold climates, too basic in features, and generally regarded as the least likely room to enjoy.
However, luckily, those days are in the past! When we build your bonus room we make certain you are very happy with your new room addition. From conception, to smart design, and throughout the building phase, your new room will have all the modern comfort features that you want. Such as (but not limited to)
- climate control,
- adequate power,
- windows and skylights (or not, as in the case of a movie studio),
- ceiling fans,
- proper lighting, and
- any other comfort, usability, or privacy concerns.
Free Construction Consultation
Need some more ideas or technical advice? Call us. We’re happy to set a time to come over and have a chat with you about your bonus room addition.
Company: HK Construction, Inc.
Owner: Marc Gieselmann
Location: Poway, CA.
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