The bonus room area that I design into a home is always created by the roof’s trusses using what is called the “bonus room truss.” The area’s floors, walls and ceiling come pre-built into each truss. The designer in me loves this because of the ease in creating this area – no bearing walls to have to create and the roof to cover this area has obviously figured out.
The builder in me loves this truss-created area because the floor joist system and the truss bottom chord are create in one board, as are walls and ceiling. That means the bonus room comes with a fare amount of free labor and a lot of free material. That is as efficient as it gets with home building. As a framer, I have always admired the structural marvel that trusses in general are and these in particular, though they are a pain to set because the middle 2×4 webbing a framer uses to move around a normal truss is gone.
The reason we designed this space into the home we wanted to down-size into and check out in was because we would rather have all our living space above the ground. My dad put in basements. I had my bedroom in the back corner of a daylight basement as a kid starting at seven years old. I know basements and I know that the view looking at dirt and grass doesn’t compare to looking out at the sky and tree tops.
The bonus room house plan that we designed and built is original and unique. Typically, the bonus area goes over the garage while mine goes end to end. Usually the bonus room is a large space that can be used as a playroom or an office or a family room while mine contains a guest bedroom, an office as well as a one-bedroom ADU that we rent out to our kid.
Chances are that you will not find the perfect bonus room house plan from what I have displayed below. (I do have more that are not quite website ready.) Finding the perfect plan on an internet search is tougher than finding the perfect partner. If you happen to see one that is perfect that would be fantastic. Maybe one is close enough that we can modify it to fit you. If none are close, no problem. Just get in touch and we can draft a house plan from scratch with just the right bonus room in just the right place.
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