Best Maryland and Washington DC Home Addition Ideas

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If your home is due for a makeover, you may want to consider a home addition. While remodels and renovations can be great, they don’t give you as much creative freedom as a home addition does. There are many kinds of home additions to choose from.

You may be overwhelmed by all of the options or struggling to find something that fits your needs and desires. Winthorpe Design and Build can help! We’ve been in the business of home construction and project designs for decades, and we’ve picked up a thing or two along the way. 

Here are a few of our best home addition ideas to help you get started on your journey toward obtaining your dream home.

1. In-Law Suites

The original purpose of an in-law suite was to provide somewhere for a homeowner’s parents or in-laws to stay when they came to visit. Nowadays, many families have mom and dad living with them when they can no longer care for themselves. And while giving elderly family members the spare bedroom is fine, it can sometimes feel like taking away their sense of freedom.

An in-law suite tends to be either part of the house or a smaller detached structure of its own. Adding an in-law suite to your home is a way to keep your family close together without them having to lose their independence. It also gives them much-needed privacy and lets them feel like they have their own space.

2. Bedroom Additions

Bedroom additions are probably the most common home addition out there. As families grow and have more children, their need for extra space grows. When children are young, having them share a bedroom can work well, but when they get older, it can cause tension. 

A bedroom addition is relatively inexpensive and can be built onto virtually any part of the house. Unless exceptional circumstances allow for an exception, most counties require bedrooms to have one interior facing door and one exterior facing window. These regulations may affect where and how you can add a bedroom to your home, so keep that in mind when planning. 

3. Bump-Outs (a.k.a. Room Additions)

A bump-out is a single room addition that requires minimal construction. This kind of addition goes onto an existing exterior wall of the house, and the doorway leads into whatever room is on the other side of the wall. Because of this, it is typically the cheapest option for a home addition. 

They aren’t usually very large, and they look even smaller from the outside. That’s all made up for by the fact that you don’t have to pay the expenses for extending your home’s foundation or constructing additional roofing to cover it. The small size of these additions means that you won’t need those things, saving you money. 

4. Closet and Pantry Additions

If the sole motivation behind building an addition onto your home is a need for more space, then a closet or pantry addition may be a simple solution. Not only does it provide a lot more storage space, but it gives you the option of removing some of your kitchen cabinets or smaller closets to open up more space in the associated rooms. 

These can go on the exterior sides of bedrooms or kitchens, or you could add them by moving some of the interior walls around and using the space from other rooms that don’t need it. Bump-outs can also work to serve the same purpose. 

5. Bathroom Additions

The purpose of a bathroom addition is fairly self-explanatory. Home addition plans that include a new bathroom or expand an existing one can be expensive because the builders have to account for new plumbing and other necessities. However, having a second or even third bathroom is a must for some people.

When you have a big family living under one roof, you may know the struggles of having to share a single bathroom. There’s almost always someone using it when you need to, and waiting your turn when you have to go is pretty frustrating. 

Hiring the Right Builders for the Job

There are many home addition options, but these are the ones we get requests for most. They aren’t the only ones we can help you design and construct. We’ve got years of experience with remodeling and renovating under our belts. 

We’d love for you to learn more about the many things Winthorpe Design and Build can do. If you want to do some research and learn about the world of designing and building homes, we welcome you to read our blogs or take a look at some of our favorite past builds

If you conclude that Winthorpe Design and Build is right for you, read about our new process, including virtual consultations and digital design services. Contact us to set up your consultation and get started. 


We look forward to working with you!

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