Many older homes were built with closed off rooms and small, poorly placed windows that aren’t what many of us want in a modern living space. Today, homeowners expect a more open, free-flowing layout, with a lot of connected rooms, natural light, and great views. However, many older homes have a character you can’t find anywhere else.
So, if you own an older home and are thinking of gutting it, or are looking to buy one because of its location but with the intent to demolish it and rebuild, there is an alternative, cost-effective option you may want to consider.
This solution can help preserve the charm of an older home while creating a thoroughly modern, free-flowing living space that you love. What is it?
The open-plan addition.
It is a flexible approach involves building around the existing home structure to arrive at a design solution that is often superior to what you might get when building from scratch. It also preserves the parts of the home that you first fell in love with.
Make the most of what you’ve got
The open-plan addition is your chance to remove flaws and optimize existing space through renovation, not demolition. The boxed-in rooms of older homes can be easily converted to bedrooms, private offices, bathrooms, or utility areas, where a sense of flowing space is not as desirable.
This means the new additions can be free-flowing living areas that include a kitchen, den, and dining room, and may also connect seamlessly with outdoor space. The challenge of building new space around an existing structure will result in a less wasteful, more intuitive layout for your family and friends to enjoy.
New building materials are also lighter, stronger, and eco-friendlier than those of the past, so you are freer to make the most of the outdoor views and natural light. These materials also offer superior insulation, so large open spaces can be heated and cooled far more economically than in ‘older’ homes.
With a little extra planning and help from a professional contractor, you can enjoy the benefits of a modern, open-plan addition with all the character and comfort of an older home.
Find a general contractor that you trust
At Morgan Contractors, we have more than 18 years of experience providing quality home remodeling work to the Tristate area. We are also experts in adapting older structures for the requirements of modern living. So, if you are looking for a safety-compliance, fully insured, highly reputable company for your next home improvement job, we are it!
For more information about our open-plan addition experience, other home improvement services, to request an estimate or for general questions, please contact us today or call 201-401-1800.