Should we enclose our patio for an additional room?
I have been browsing the forums in search of the right place to post my question, and I think I have found it here at the "smaller homes" forum!
We are trying to decide what to do with our home. We are a family of 5 - DH and I and 3 kids ages 6, 10, and 13. We are feeling cramped for space as we transition from through the different phases of all three children's lives. We have days where we just feel as if we don't have enough space. Winters make this even more difficult, and when the children have friends over it feels even more cramped and often DH and I will resort to hiding in our BR until the friends leave! DH and I also like to have friends of our own over at times, and we often feel like the kids are constantly underfoot.
We are trying to decide whether we should do some major remodeling or if we should just try to wait out this busy part of our life. We have a covered back patio that we could close in to create another sitting room on the first floor. Currently, we only use that area in the warmer months, of course, and during mosquito season, we don't use it at all. It is attached to the house in a corner, so we'd only have to build two walls. The concrete pad is very thick and we believe it would serve fine as a foundation. Closing it in could give us an additional 12 by 12 room.
I could say a lot more, but will wait for some initial thoughts. I can also supply a rough floor plan to give more of a visual as to why we seem to have space issues. Our home is a two story 1800 sq/ft house. We have a cellar, but it is pretty rough and really only suitable as a work area.
Thank you for reading!