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Bonus Room vs. Attic
What’s the difference?
Ever notice that when you see most modern day house plays, the bonus room always happens to be directly above the garage? What is a bonus room? How is it different than an attic. How much do they cost?
The attic of any gable or hip roof building is simply the area inside the roof portion of the building. Generally speaking, it is an area designated for insulation of the home and ventilation for your roof. Sizes will vary depending on the size and pitch of the roof. Some attics are large enough and designed strong enough to allow the owner an area for storage with an access panel to get in and out on occasion. When does this attic become an actual room?
When designing the truss for the roof of any area, you may find that by matching the pitch of the house creates an area that is large enough that you want to have easy access to and take full advantage of in the way of a bonus room. Trusses are then engineered to provide the maximum living space while also designed with the same strength engineered for living space in your home. These areas have sub-floors similar to the main home 3/4 tongue and groove for example and are insulated to be finished on the inside walls with drywall or something similar. Pull down stairs or ladders are replaced with a permanent set of steps. In cases of attached garages, provisions are often made to access from the second level with doorways.
We call the Bonus rooms because once you have determined that you want the increased pitch on the garage for whatever reason it may be. The cost to engineer it and finish it is often much less than any other room in your home. Even in cases of unfinished garages, a bonus room can be a great source of cheap storage.
How to Design Your New Deck
When choosing whether to build a deck this spring there are many things to consider. Let’s focus on some of the more standard options and see what ideas may dictate what kind of outdoor living space to build.
Size: Think about what you’d like to use the deck for. Are you the kind of person who will spend a great amount of time outside on a deck in your backyard. Do you like to cook out? Will a lot of your family and friend gatherings take place during the spring and summer months when the weather is favorable for an outdoor venue? How much outdoor furniture would you like?
Material: Treated wood vs composite. Both products are fully functional to operate as a deck. The treated woods primary benefit is cost. Although treated lumber is technically maintenance free, that is to say, that it will not rot, keeping a treated deck looking attractive can be a lot of maintenance. Full sun, rain, snow all day and night every day particularly to the top side of the decking is brutal. It only stands to reason you’re going to have some splintering, warping, and checking to the treated lumber over time.
A composite material is a much less maintenance. Occasional cleaning is typically all that is required. Not all composites are the same. It is true when it comes to composites, you get what you pay for. The range in price for composite decking and railing is huge. The total installed price of a composite deck is typically between two to four times more than its treated wood counterpart. The question is then, is it worth it?
Is this deck going to be used generally by adults, sitting on furniture, occasionally for a cookout in the summer? Is this deck going to be used very often by a few people, or maybe occasionally by a large group? Is this the kind of space where children may play, perhaps even with their shoes off? Is this going to be a lounging area between swims in the family pool?
For the same money, am I better off building a treated deck 3 times larger than composite? Or is a small efficient size deck of the higher quality decking make sense due to its frequent use by the family.
As a final note, let me offer a small bit of advice. Covered decks get much more use than open ones. They also last much longer (especially treated). I say this because we are builders. We happen to know, for the difference in price for some composites, we’ve made basic decks into roofed porches. Just something to think about.
Think it’s too late to get a garage built before winter, think again. One Day Garage’s staff has the capacity to build garages quickly and efficiently. We still have openings for November and December but we need to know soon. Estimates are fast and free. Two car garages can be built as quickly as just a few days, even with concrete floors. Take advantage of our most current coupons and call for an estimate today.
Now Taking Orders For Spring
With the Elusive Spring finally around the corner, we are looking forward to making some great buildings. Now is definitely the time to lock in a price and schedule a build date.
Getting signed up to have a new garage built is easy at One Day Garage. All it takes is a phone call to our office, an email, or a visit to our showroom. Our friendly sales staff will discuss your ideas for whatever project you may want to have done this Spring. Everything is custom built. Garages, decks, Florida rooms, sheds, whatever you have in mind, our consultations and estimates are always free. We’ll walk you through the process step by step.
With only a 10% deposit and financing available, why wait for a garage any longer? Get the storage you need, Increase your living space, and Increase the value of your home.