As you begin your search for a house plan, you may want to look for a design that includes a bonus room or optional living space. A bonus room is an extra space in a home that has not been given a specific designation that can be built out at a later time and used as a gym, media room, extra bedroom, playroom or a craft and hobby center just to name a few of the possibilities.
How a bonus room can be used depends a great deal upon its size, design and location. In some designs it may be a large area of extra square footage with open doorways that connect to other rooms and is typically found in a basement floor plan or optional space over a garage. Such an open design may not lend itself to creating an office, guest room or other type of space that requires privacy. If the room is separate enough to maintain privacy it can be used for almost anything, although some modifications may be necessary like adding closets or doors to create the right look and design.
These rooms have become very popular because they offer homeowners the flexibility to create a unique space that fits their particular needs and lifestyle.
A media room allows homeowners to feel like they are going to the movies, while still enjoying the comforts of home. Studies or home offices have become increasingly popular as more people work from home and require a separate space that doesn't interfere with their normal living space.
Here are some inspiring design ideas to help turn your bonus room into a fun and practical part of your new home:
If you are creating a media or entertainment room you'll want to use dark colors for your walls, ceiling, furniture and flooring. Consider a rich navy blue or chocolate brown and accent with a patterned carpet or rich deep bamboo or exotic flooring to create visual interest.
When it comes to decorating your office, use bright lighting, solar window treatments and wood flooring to create an efficient and comfortable workspace. You can then select a stylish desk and chairs to complement your office space. Don't forget to add decorative accents like mirrors, plants and wall art to showcase your personal taste.
If you are creating a craft room you'll want to use bright white to provide a neutral background to showcase your work. Choose an easel, drafting table and/or workstation that is counter height and can easily be moved. Selecting a floor such as cork or bamboo will make it comfortable, easy to clean and attractive, to boot. You'll want to have plenty of storage space and built-ins so you can stay organized.