Done right, a family room addition can totally transform your house. Your kitchen will feel larger, the whole first floor will become spacious and you’ll wind up with a multipurpose space that’s a comfortable spot for anything from watching movies to holding large holiday gatherings.

Creating a successful family room addition requires making some tough choices about what features are right for your space. As you work with NJW, your residential renovation company, here are the most important features to consider:


Though a family room addition can technically be built just about anywhere, the best spot is usually right next to the kitchen. Most times you want it to open onto the kitchen without a wall between the spaces. That can make an undersized kitchen feel larger, and it creates one large multi-use space that accommodates cooking, eating, entertaining, and just hanging out.


Because kitchens tend to be at the back of houses, family room additions are too. Plan for plenty of big windows that let the views, the sunshine, and — when the weather is right — fresh air inside. As your remodeling contractor columbus ohio, NJW specializes in handling all of the details in your new space, we always look to match the existing house as much as possible.


Many family room additions include a door to the back yard. Obviously, you’ll need to plan its location based on any existing deck, patio, or porch. Often that the new family room is going right where that outdoor space used to be. You may want to plan to include a new outdoor entertaining area as part of your project, or come up with a rough plan for a future one so you can put the door in the right place.


In cold climates, a fireplace is a wonderful family room feature. It can be a formal design with a traditional stone surround and a wood mantel—or a simple brick firebox placed on the wall without a lot of ornamentation.

Many of our clients prefer a gas-burning unit: It can be lit and extinguished with the click of a remote control and allows you to skip a full-fledged chimney because it can be vented directly through the wall. For a wood-burning fireplace, you’ll need to add a chimney to the project.


A few simple ceiling upgrades can add visual appeal to the room. For example, depending on the design of the roof above, you may be able to install a cathedral ceiling—possibly with skylights.

Or you can bring a casual, cottage feel to the space by covering the ceiling with bead-board, or possibly installing some wooden beams that will enhance your family room addition.

Let NJW help you design the family room addition of your dreams. Feel free to check out our room additions gallery on our website to start gathering ideas for your space.

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