Last Updated Aug 21, 2014 · Written by Craig Gibson
An extra bedroom, especially in growing families, is often a sought after thing, and adding an extra bedroom can not only give you the space that a growing family requires, it can also add great resale value when it comes time to sell the home.
There is no rule about when is the best time to add an extra bedroom – it all depends on your family and what is the right time for you. There are several options available for adding an extra bedroom.
First, you can opt for a home extension that includes an extra bedroom or bedrooms depending on your needs. The advantage of adding an extension is most significantly the resale value that you will get when it comes time to sell the home and also the amount of space that you will gain, as while adding extra bedrooms, you may decide that it is prudent to add an extra living room, or teenager’s retreat or whatever else you may need. Extensions may go upwards or outwards depending on the space that you have available. When it comes to additions and extensions structural engineers can ensure the modification is safe and sturdy.
However, if adding an extension is not practicable for space or budgetary reasons, you can still convert other areas of your home into an extra bedroom. If you have sufficient space underneath the house or in the roof space, this may make an ideal bedroom area. You will need to make sure that the area that you are planning to convert will meet all of the local council’s requirements for space and safety.
If you have an existing space such as a home office or study, this can also be easily converted into an extra bedroom. Often, this is as simple as moving the office equipment out and installing a wardrobe. For bedroom layout or design ideas see our photos of bedrooms.
Unfortunately, there is sometimes no choice but to have your children share a bedroom. If this is your situation, alleviate the problem by creating separate areas within the room for each child. If the space is large enough, consider using some kind of temporary divider such as open bookshelves – these will break up the space into two distinct areas without closing the space in too severely.