When we visit other people’s homes or view kitchen layouts on television or in magazines, we sometimes experience a pang of jealousy. This is due to believing that ours could never measure up to those spacious, beautiful kitchens. After all, our initial thoughts are that adding square footage to the kitchen might mean “stealing” space from other parts of the home. For example, the living room, dining room, hallway, or den, thus making those spaces feel much smaller. However, an alternative to shrinking other spaces for a larger, more functional kitchen is expanding your kitchen with a bump out can be to expand the home’s square footage.
A creative design build professional can find an answer to your existing kitchen space problem to suit you.
How Does a “Bump Out” Work?
A bump out is a minor extension of the original structure. It widens or lengthens the space to provide additional living or working space. However, this solution does not require extensive reconstruction of a complete room addition. Additionally, this method does not require extra heating and cooling support capability or extensive foundation work.
Since bump out projects are not as extensive as whole room additions, they are also less expensive. In many instances, the bump out may only add 40 square feet or less. This is often enough to allow for a center island, or more counter space and cabinetry.
Where significant additions require extending the foundation, bump outs of up to three feet deep and 10-12 feet wide may cantilever into thin air. Bump outs, thus do not require base support.
A proven design build team can design and construct the bump out to blend in with the exterior of your home. All interior elements of the newly expanded kitchen will also seamlessly coordinate with your kitchen remodel.
Completing the Bump Out
The process begins with a carefully designed plan from the design build professional. This plan should incorporate the desires and budget limits of the homeowner with the existing structure of the home.
When the construction phase of the bump out kitchen addition begins, the crew will open the existing floor where the addition will connect. Here, they attach longer floor joists to the existing horizontal members to create the extension. In some instances, the builder may attach angled supports that run diagonally from the outer edge of the bump out to the house’s base. These supports offer extra stability for the addition.
The project then becomes a matter of constructing the walls and roofing to complement the existing exterior. Then, the interior remodel will be completed to create the desired kitchen layout for the homeowner. This may consist of a full kitchen remodel, or some rearranging of current kitchen furnishings.
Working with a Proven Design Build Team
Working with a company that will help you envision your desired improvement and then execute the construction phase offers many advantages. They can eliminate any potential confusion of interpreting the plans between separate entities. Additionally, a design build company can communicate with the homeowner from the initial brainstorming to the final walkthrough.
Master’s Design Build Group of Hatfield, PA, has been helping homeowners in Eastern Pennsylvania realize their home remodel and construction dreams for over a decade. By coordinating all elements from start to finish, the Master’s Team can provide superior performance while keeping within budget. With ongoing communications, there will be no surprises.
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