Seven Wishlist Items for a Second-Story Addition

Laundry rooms, coffee bars, and more.

Are you thinking about raising the roof to gain extra bedrooms and bathrooms? Don’t stop at the basics - consider adding a few of these perks as well:

1. Laundry

No more trips down to the basement with your laundry basket in hand. You don’t have to carve out too much space to make room for a laundry closet with a stacked washer and dryer. If you do have room to spare, we’ve also built larger second floor laundry rooms. It’s much more pleasant to fold clothes when you have a view of the outdoors!

2. A Coffee Bar

A coffee bar just outside the master bedroom is a great idea for a good morning. And it works just as well in the evening with your nightcap of choice. We recently built a coffee bar (pictured below) that includes some built-in storage and a beverage cooler. Or you may want to include a sink and make it a wet bar.

Coffee bar

3. A Master Retreat

A second floor addition offers an opportunity to create a private living space for the adults of the house, whether you choose to devote the entire floor to a master suite or simply include some comfortable seating within the master bedroom. The addition pictured below afforded the homeowners the space to do just that - now they can ease into the day and wind down at night in the comfort of their own bedroom.

Master retreat

4. A Spa-Like Master Bath

How would you customize your master bath to create the home spa of your dreams? Maybe you’re dreaming of a glass walled walk-in shower with a waterfall shower head and a niche made out of beautiful Carrara marble. Maybe you’d like a freestanding soaking tub and heated floors. Or maybe all of the above! Check out our blog post, Looking Back: Some of Our Favorite Bathrooms from 2017, for more inspiration.

Spa-like bathroom

5. A Home Office

Although the bedroom or dining room often doubles as an office, you might start to associate these rooms with work on your off time. A dedicated home office can put you in the right frame of mind to get the job done, whether you work from home or just need a place to pay bills and organize paperwork.

Home office

6. Lots of Natural Light

Thinking beyond rooms, the addition of windows, skylights, and french doors leading out to balconies will introduce natural light and a connection to nature. Consider their placement carefully: do you want to sleep under the stars, wake up to a sunrise, or catch the beautiful colors of a sunset?

7. Architectural Features

Converting an unfinished attic to habitable space offers some exciting opportunities regarding the shape of the ceiling. In the project below, the existing A-frame ceiling became an eye-catching feature with the addition of wood beams, pendant lights, and skylights.

Architectural features

If you would like to learn more about our design-build home addition services or find out how we can help with your second floor addition, please get in touch.