How to use "wasted space" to add more living areas
Adding a bonus room to the second story
Floor plans offer more flexibility than you might think. Below are photos taken in two version of the Summerlyn, a floor plan concept by Frank Betz. In these examples, see how to add square footage to a house by adding a second story bonus room.
The Summerlyn A: Two story great room
They asked us to incorporate special feature to highlight the dramatic ceiling height, including a large built-in bookcase for extra storage space, full-height picture frame paneling above the two-sided fireplace, and second story overlook.
The Summerlyn B: Bonus Room
Home buyers are often interested in how to add square footage to a house for the lowest cost possible.
Integrating a bonus room in place of a Two Story Great Room is a popular option.
In another version of the Summerlyn, the home owners asked us to add a second story bonus room above the great room, to cost effectively maximize their living space in their new custom home.
Upstairs, the bonus room included a second story overlook.
Downstairs, we added a row of transom windows to keep the great room light, open, and inviting - the open concept floor plan maintained its appeal.