Bump-Out Addition

When you’re looking for a way to add extra space to a room in your home without undertaking a major remodel, a bump-out addition can be the way to go. Typically used to add space to kitchens, primary suites, or bathrooms, these “mini additions” are a smart, budget-friendly, and time-friendly alternative to a full scale addition. Like any remodeling project you consider, it’s important to understand the pluses and minuses before getting started.

Bump-Out Additions

A bump-out room addition can range anywhere from 2-3 feet to approximately 10-12 feet. Some smaller bump-outs can be designed to take advantage of your existing foundation by cantilevering off the side of your home, saving even more on your remodeling budget. Where a more traditional home extension would focus on adding a whole new room or multiple rooms to your home, bump-outs are ideal for expanding the space of an existing room, particularly one that is relatively small in scale in proportion to the size of your home. Typical scenarios for a bump-out include: 

  • More space for kitchen storage with additional cabinetry or a large walk-in pantry
  • Designated area in the kitchen for dining together at meal time
  • Additional luxury in a primary suite with more room for a closet or tub
  • Welcoming window seating or breakfast nook in a living area or kitchen

Besides the savings of time and budget, bump-outs offer other advantages to homeowners looking to customize their homes for maximum comfort and functionality. 

  • No need to borrow space from another room in your home
  • Often don’t require a foundation or additional HVAC, reducing the complexity of the work
  • Potential to add more natural light into your space
  • Creative way to add more space for properties where it’s difficult to build a full addition
  • Minimal visual disruption to your home exterior
  • Conversely, a way to add some visual distinction to your home exterior

Bump-out Design Considerations

While bump-outs are by definition small additions to your home, the way they are designed can nevertheless have a significant impact. Because they are smaller, bump-outs can often tempt the “DIY” remodeler. While the most highly skilled DIY practitioners may be able to pull off this type of remodel, a professional architect and designer can ensure that your bump-out will add to the value of your home rather than detracting from it. Regardless of its scale, a poorly executed bump-out can be quite noticeable.

The first step in working with an established design build firm is assessing if where you want your bump-out makes the most sense from a structural and visual perspective. Next, you’ll need to check the permits and restrictions that apply in your neighborhood. Experienced professionals can assure that the spot for your bump-out meets local restrictions and is optimal to achieve your goals. Expert skills are also essential when it comes to the design of the bump-out to achieve a cohesive appearance for both the interior and exterior of your home. The bump-out should look as if it has always been a part of your house, blending seamlessly into the existing architecture. This requires careful consideration of placement, structure, and materials. 

Construction Process and Choosing the Right Contractor

As in any type of remodel, no matter the scale, conducting thorough research when choosing a contractor will assure a smoother, less stressful process. Look for contractors with a proven track record of successful bump-outs and additions, multiple excellent references, and a staff that includes experts in design, architecture, and construction. A reliable contractor will address the varying aspects of the construction process for a bump-out, including: 

  • Determining whether the existing foundation will suffice or a new foundation will need to be laid
  • Reviewing existing electricity, plumbing and HVAC to establish any changes or additions needed
  • Researching the permits and building codes that will affect your project
  • Assessing the existing space and propose overall design concept and plans for the bump-out
  • Preparing a detailed budget and timeline for the project

Maximizing a Bump-Out

A truly successful bump-out will seem effortless inside and outside, a natural extension of your home. By selecting the right position for your bump-out and paying close attention to consistency in the structural, design, and material elements, a skillful designer can achieve ideal cohesiveness. Sometimes homeowners want a bump-out that is noticeable, perhaps a more modern addition to a traditional home. This still requires a talented balance of blending the old with the new. Considerations such as ceiling height, roof structure, flooring, and window design will all come into play in creating a space that feels as if it has always belonged.

If you’re looking for a clever way to add more space to your home, a bump-out could be an innovative solution that brings additional comfort and value to your property. Explore how this solution could work for you with one of the experts on our team. Contact us for more information.

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