3 places to add living room space in your home

3 places to add living room space in your home

Having a common area or living room to spend time with your loved ones is very important. As a home remodeling company, we have helped many families realize their dream space.

The first thing you must ask yourself about a family room is – where should you put it? When considering your home, you may wonder where the best spot is. Below we discuss your three main options:


For years, basements have been home to the family room area – a big TV and sound system to watch all the big games and blockbuster movies. You can practically double your livable square footage. Or, as we like to say, make your available space more livable. 

Don’t forget: You will need an egress window or door to the outside for fire escape, or be putting one in, to secure a building permit. 


Family room additions come in many shapes and sizes: in-laws quarters added off the first floor, the addition of a second story, or a family area built above a garage. You have many options to consider here. Your budget, along with your home’s style and lot space will help determine the best choice for your situation.

Tip: Check out a cost calculator for some basic addition pricing ideas

Take down an interior wall

Is there a pesky wall between the dining and living rooms? We often take down walls to open up space. A header board will need to be installed if any of the walls are load bearing. This will allow you more space to entertain and always be in the same room.

Design tip: Light colors and mirrors help open up a room visually.

About this Experts Contributor: Matt Blank represents MBC Building & Remodeling, providing home remodeling services in Millersville, Pa. Since 1999, MBC Remodeling has specialized in home additions, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, decks and more. You can follow this contributor on Twitter @MBCremodeling.

As of July 10, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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