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Adding a Great Room to Your Home in Bowie, Silver Spring, Columbia, MD

Monday, January 12th, 2015 by Danny Peterson


Thinking about expanding your home? One of the best ways to do it is to add a Great Room. You can call it a family room, or a living room, or even a den. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a great idea, and a great investment in your home.

The Advantages of a Great Room

What makes a great room addition so advantageous, you ask? Well, it really boils down to the room’s versatility. A great room opens your home for all kinds of activities—hanging out with your family, entertaining friends, watching TV, playing games, or more or less anything else that comes to mind. It’s a really versatile room, and that has appeal not just for homeowners but also for home buyers. When it comes time to sell the place, you can rest assured that buyers will enjoy your great room—and even if they intend to use it for different purposes than you used it, well, so what? Contrast this with something like a home office. Some homeowners think this is a good home addition when in reality it isn’t—simply because not all that many homeowners actually want a home office. Building a room with such a narrow purpose is much less beneficial than simply creating a huge space to gather and relax and have fun!

A Big Project

Now, this is also a fairly major undertaking. Adding a great room is not like adding a new light fixture or painting the walls. It’s a pretty big project that will encompass all of the following:

  • For one, it’s going to take a good chunk out of your yard. For those who have big lawns this might not be a problem, and in fact you may be relieved to have your mowing work reduced! Do realize, though, that a great room means a slightly less great yard area.
  • This is the kind of major home addition that will require a permit from the city, too. If this is something you’re serious about doing, you may wish to get plans in place and initiate the process as soon as possible.
  • Finally, a great room addition will involve a lot of work being done. From the foundation through the roof, getting an electrician involved to wire the place, possibly a plumber as well. You will need to have your heating and cooling systems expanded, too to make sure the great room to be really comfortable!

More important than any of these considerations is this basic question of whether your home actually needs a great room. Yes, it’s a great investment—but it’s not necessarily for everyone. Some homeowners, for example, really just want to have a bit more space, more of an “open” concept, in their homes; for these homeowners, the solution may be as simple as just knocking down a wall somewhere. Meanwhile, if you want a room for one specific feature—like crafting or practicing your trombone—you may wish to simply finish the basement or convert some space in the attic. For many other homeowners, though, the desire is going to be for a big, full, luxurious space in which the entire family can gather, or for a room that is truly dynamic and multi-purpose. If that’s the boat you are in, then know this: Adding a great room is an investment—but in the end, it’s also a tremendous investment in the overall value of your home.

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