Make your addition really work for you
Let’s, see I need a family room, new master bedroom and master bath. How can I fit all of that across the back of my house? That is very limiting thinking. If you don’t completely re-evaluate your house before an addition, you’ll be losing rooms to get rooms. Remember, you can’t have a bedroom without a window. That is against code, and, well, you just wouldn’t want that, either.
It is folly to just take a number, let’s say 16 feet to add at the back and cut the new space up like a pizza. The size you add depends on the rooms you need, including the traffic to get to them. Don’t forget a new back entrance if your addition destroys what you had. PROBLEMThis fairly boxy traditional house of the late 1950s in Allen Park had the required rooms, although most of them minimal size. The entry (A) was un-workable when the coat closet was needed. The living room (B) was adequate, but the dining room (C) was too small for the table they had. The eat-in kitchen was dated and not terribly efficient. The back door was on the landing to the basement stairs. The central location of the basement stair (F) was the limiting factor in adding to this home. Three modest bedrooms (G