Basics and Examples of the Bump-Out

When many people think about remodeling, they naturally envision large-scale projects that make sweeping changes to a given space. At Red Rock Construction, we take on some of the biggest and most detailed commercial and residential remodeling projects out there.

Remodeling doesn’t necessarily have to be a large-scope project in every case, however. There are several different remodeling areas that can be done in far less time and for a much lower cost than what you might be expecting, all while still helping increase both your comfort and property value. These smaller areas are known as “micro-additions,” and there are several good examples of them throughout the home. One such addition is called the bump-out – what is this, and could it be right for your home? Let’s look at some basics and examples.

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Bump-Out Basics

A bump-out refers to a process of extending an existing room by creating an addition to one of the walls moving outward. The bump-out process is similar to creating a new bay window space, increasing the overall space in a given room without significant work required.

The bump-out is a cantilevered process, meaning it’s supported by a long beam and sits above the ground on the extended area. This means there’s no requirement for the bump-out to actually connect to the foundation of the home, which is part of what makes it such a convenient remodeling option. Rather than a complete room addition, which requires attention paid to the foundation, a bump-out can be done with much less work because it’s independent. This also preserves the ground and soil just outside your home.

Examples

Here are some examples of bump-out projects, plus how these might benefit your home:

  • Living room: Looking for more screen and speaker space in the living room? One great way to get it might be using a bump-out, which can extend the room without requiring another room created altogether. A bump-out is a common addition for homeowners who have just purchased a new home entertainment system.
  • Upper floors: Because they aren’t connected to the foundation and can be extended horizontally, bump-outs are great for any floor in the home. A common use of the bump-out in upstairs areas, for instance, is to create a window seat in a bedroom that needs a bit more space.
  • Bathroom: Bump-outs are also regularly used in bathroom spaces, commonly to make space for the installation of a Jacuzzi or a similar water element.
  • Kitchen: For kitchens that are cramped, the bump-out is often a great solution. They might allow you to build out your stove area so it’s not such a crunch, or they could make space for a new counter that adds more seating space for the family. Finally, if you’re struggling with kitchen storage, a bump-out can be a great way to carve out some space for new cabinets.

To learn more about the bump-out and why it might be right for you, or for information on any of our home remodeling services, speak to the pros at Red Rock Construction today.