If you can't find a home that meets all of the criteria for your dream home, one solution is to build your own custom home. When brainstorming plans and ideas for your new home, a space that you might want to incorporate is a bonus room. Read on to learn more about bonus rooms so you can decide if they're right for your new home.
What Is a Bonus Room?
A bonus room is any space in your home that doesn't meet the requirements to be designated as another type of room. For example, a bonus room may not have a closet. In many cities, the building code states that a room must have a closet in order to be considered a bedroom.
This doesn't mean that you can't use a bonus room as a bedroom; it simply means that you can't call the bonus room a bedroom when selling your home or applying for loans that use your home as collateral.
However, since it doesn't count as a bedroom, a bonus room is an excellent way to add more square footage to your home while keeping your tax bill as affordable as possible. Most municipalities use the number of bedrooms your home has to assist with calculating your property taxes.
Why Should You Select a Bonus Room Over Other Room Options?
A bonus room is commonly found in attics, over garages, and in areas of your home that don't have enough space for an actual bedroom. Adding a bonus room is an effective way to make sure that you maximize every possible inch of your home, creating as much space as possible for your family.
If you aren't sure how you want to use a room, a bonus room is a great way to incorporate a versatile space into your floor plan. You can add a wardrobe and use the bonus room as a bedroom, or you might decide to turn it into a home gym.
Are There Any Limitations to a Bonus Room?
Depending on the placement of the bonus room, it might be hard to get the space at a comfortable temperature. Bonus rooms over garages or in attics are notorious for being colder or warmer than the rest of the home. However, you have a couple of options to solve this issue.
You can have your custom home builders extend the HVAC system so that it heats and cools the space, or you can utilize other items (like windows, space heaters, and air conditioning units) to keep the room a suitable temperature.