In the event of you requiring less space or you cannot afford to have a full addition, your best bet would be to try a room addition. It would be one room attached to the side of the house. It would usually be a bathroom or a bedroom. If you were not in need of so much space or you were on a budget, a bump out could be the right home improvement project suitable to your specific needs. It would be perfect for people looking to have a little more space in a specific room, such as a kitchen or a bathroom.
Understanding the bump out room
A bump out would be best described as an additional space that would be relatively smaller than the complete addition. It would not often rise in terms of size of a room addition.
There have been two different thought about bump outs:
- Full room
It would mostly be defined as a complete room attached to the house.
- Less than full room
Yet another definition would consider a bump out room to be an addition to the existing room, but not a room in itself.
According to the diverse definitions, there would be no standard rules about what would make a bump out with respect to size or project scope. Bump outs could also employ a wide variety of construction methods and designs.
However, there would be some common features along with benefits that apply to a majority of bump outs.
- Two feet rooms
Usually people may prefer bump out rooms to be as big as ten to fifteen feet from the house. However, they could also be tiny pop outs that would be no deeper than two feet.
- No additional HVAC
An advantage of bump outs would be they mostly do not need additional cooling or heating services.
- Minimal exterior changes
Due to the small size, bump outs would not change the exterior of the house considerably. They would often blend in easily with the main house.
- Shed style roofs
The bump outs would mostly have lean-to or flat roofs instead of extending the existing roof.
Small bump outs would often be unsupported by posts from the house. It would be limited to nearly two feet in depth. In case, it has been extended farther from the house, the bump out would need foundation walls or footings.