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House plans with bonus rooms have an extra space not defined as a bedroom. This is typical because the room doesn't meet the code requirements needed to be officially labeled as an additional bedroom, but it can function as just about any room you need, from a spare guest room to a playroom or a den.
Yes, it does add value. Depending on the size of your home, a finished bonus room can add anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 to the value of your home.
In general, bonus rooms are not included in the count of habitable square footage since they don't qualify as bedrooms, but they can sometimes be eligible as part of the total square footage count. Again, check with your local regulations and codes to clarify how to count this adequately.
A bonus room is less than 70 square feet, the minimum floor area needed for a space to qualify as a bedroom.
No, you cannot count a bonus room as a bedroom because it doesn't meet the minimum space requirements to be counted as a bedroom on the initial house designs.
This depends entirely on how you want to use the room. For example, if you use the space for living, only a bedroom will do. But if you wish to add an area such as a small office, reading nook, or TV room, then house plans with a bonus room will work nicely.
Various factors go into finishing any room in your home, including but not limited to the size of the room, the quality of the materials being used, and the extent of finishing that needs to be done. Online estimates range anywhere from $11,000 to over $40,000.
Yes, there are house plans with a bonus room above the garage, but consult with your local regulations to determine how the room's square footage will factor into the home's overall square footage.
Yes, you can put a bathroom in your bonus room, but ensure that there will be enough space for all the necessary plumbing and electrical work required for the conversion before you begin. Depending on where the bonus room is in the home's design, converting the space into a bathroom may not be cost-effective.
Most bonus rooms are not initially designed with a closet attached to them. However, some homeowners convert their bonus room into a large walk-in closet! If you're considering house plans with bonus room options, look at ones where the bonus room is situated next to another room to allow a potential closet conversion in the future!