I want more space. What costs less, adding a basement, or adding a bonus room? Which option is better?
Raleigh New Homes with a Basement
This is one of our most common home buyer questions.
We've got answers - and photos of popular basement and bonus room designs - below.
Should I include a basement in my new home?
Basement home plans are a great option for any sloped lot in the Raleigh area.
A daylight basement can easiily add an extra 1400, 1600, or 2000 or more sq ft of living space to your new home.
And an unfinished daylight basement can be added at an extremely low cost per sq ft.
A typical daylight basement can add additional bedroom space, a huge Recreation Room, spacious office, and extensive storage space to your new home.
Ask your builder about the impact of adding a future bath in the lower level, if you're opting to finish the basement at another time.
Raleigh basement home plans
Below are three popular daylight basement home plans - with photos of basements with bedrooms, bathrooms, recreation rooms, storage areas, and built-in bookcases.
As you browse these basement designs, think about what features or rooms matter most to your lifestyle.
Raleigh basement home plan #1: Basement recreation room
This basement layout - built in a version of the Country Manor - includes a full bathroom.
Adding a bathroom can accommodate all kinds of future private living space for kids as they grow older, or potential long-term guests.
French doors provide direct access to outdoor living spaces.
The hanging light marks the location of the pool table, arriving shortly!
Raleigh basement home plan #2: Basement living area with multiple bedrooms and baths
Pictured here is a basement living room, with doors to dual bedrooms, baths, and a laundry room.
Imagine the possibilities, for all this open space.
Raleigh basement home plan #3: Basement media room with built in storage
Whether it morphs into a "man cave" or spread out activities for family hang out time, there's a lot of ways to use this room.
French doors lead to outdoor living space.
See photo galleries of more popular basement plans, in these Raleigh new homes:
Should I include a bonus room in my new home?
If your floor plan includes a bonus room noted as "unfinished", finishing that bonus room is almost always the most cost effective way to add a few hundred square feet or more to your home.
How to add a bonus room option #1:
Does the plan show a vaulted or two story great room or family room?
If so, it's easy to add a bonus room over the family room, and reduce the height of the family room ceiling.
Not only is this a cost effective way to add additional heated space, it will also increase the energy efficiency of your new home.
Your HVAC system works harder to heat and cool a vaulted or two story room, and all those extra windows let in a larger proportion of heat (or cold).
How to add a bonus room option #2:
Still want some extra height in your Great Room, but want that bonus room too?
In many cases, a bonus room can be designed with a "step up" floor, which means your Great Room can have a 10' or 11' ceiling if the rest of the first floor has a 9' ceiling.
How to add a bonus room option #3:
Do you enjoy soaring ceilings, or the possibility of two full stories of windows?
If so, adding a bonus room over the great room might not be the best option for you.
But you might want to consider adding bonus space in the basement!
Ask the builder for more ways to put a bonus into your new home - top or bottom, there are a lot of ways to build in space for everything your family wants to do.
Looking to save cost up front? Most homeowners opt for an unfinished basement, that they can do more with, later, in order to keep costs down.