Many homeowners enjoy the charm and character of older homes. However, these properties often come with a common problem: lack of kitchen space. That’s because the houses from decades ago were built to accommodate a different lifestyle. If you would like to have more room, a kitchen bump out can solve this problem.
How is it done?
This type of home improvement is the modern, cost-effective solution to add space without having to alter the home’s foundation. It involves extending the floor joists to add approximately 3 feet in width and up to 12 feet in length. This creates up to 36 additional square feet.
Why Kitchen Bump Outs Make Sense
Full additions are one of the most expensive and labor-intensive types of projects because they alter the shape of the foundation, require HVAC system upgrades and involve roof additions. Bump outs take less time, cost less and make for a smaller obligation for homeowners. They usually work with the existing HVAC systems and only require a lean-to roof to cover the additional space. Since less labor is involved, it is much easier to budget for bump outs. That makes these seamless additions ideal for giving you the kitchen you have always wanted.
If you store food and dishes in places other than the kitchen, this type of home improvement will give you room for cabinets and shelves. When you lack dining space, a bump out can solve that problem too. Homes that were built in the 1950s usually accommodate only regular appliances and allow only enough space for one person. A bump out can create room for luxury appliances, a kitchen island or just extra space for entertaining.
Even if you’re planning on selling your home within the next two years, installing a kitchen bump out makes sense. That’s because it can increase the listing value, and you’re likely to get more offers because buyers enjoy modernized kitchens.