Home Addition Alternative: How Bunkies Can Expand Your Living Space

Home Addition Alternative: How Bunkies Can Expand Your Living Space

Home Addition?

Are you feeling a bit cramped in your current living situation? Maybe your family is growing, or you just need some extra space to work or unwind. Maybe family visits are hampered by limited square footage. The thought of adding an expensive and time-consuming home addition might make you break out in a cold sweat. But fear not! There's a fantastic, fast, and affordable alternative. You guessed it. Bunkies! 

So, what exactly is a bunkie? Think of it as a cozy, compact structure that you can add to your property to create extra living space. Whether you need a guest house, a home office, a studio, or simply a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the main house, a bunkie could be the perfect solution.

Kids too loud? Escape to the bunkie. Need a gaming room? Send them to the bunkie. Grandparents or grandkids coming to town? Let someone have a special stay in your own little private guesthouse.


One of the most significant advantages of bunkies is their quick build time. With contractors booked up for years, our kits are a truly DIY option that can get your project started and finished before you’d even get an estimate for a home addition. And don’t be scared of the DIY aspect. Our kits come with pre-cut, notched all-spruce lumber. You’ll need a saw once on our single story models and twice on our lofted models, ripping the final floor boards on each level. Other than that, you're really just assembling according to our easy to follow instructions. A hammer, drill, ladders, a measuring tape, and a level are all you’ll need.


But perhaps the most appealing aspect of bunkies is their cost-effectiveness compared to traditional home additions. With finished home additions now regularly exceeding $2.50 per square foot, our kits represent a tremendous value. Building a bunkie typically involves less time, labor, and materials than a full-scale addition, which means you can expand your living space without breaking the bank. You can have a bunkie with electrical service and HVAC for as little as $1 per square foot. Plus, because bunkies are often smaller in size, they may not require building permits or zoning approvals in some areas, saving you even more time and hassle.

Space that Pays for Itself

Another advantage of bunkies is their potential to generate extra income. Thanks to the rise of platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo, renting out your bunkie as a short-term vacation rental has never been easier. Whether you live in a popular tourist destination or not, turning your bunkie into a cozy retreat for guests can be a lucrative endeavor. Even in locations you’d never think of as a “destination,” doctors, nurses, and business professionals are always looking for accommodations. A bunkie offers you the opportunity to offset the cost of construction and maintenance while never having strangers enter your house proper, a perk that additions don’t offer.

Just Stinkin’ Cute

Of course, no discussion of bunkies would be complete without mentioning their charm and appeal. There's something inherently cozy and inviting about these compact retreats, whether they're nestled in the woods, overlooking a serene lake, or tucked away in a bustling urban backyard bedecked with flower pots. With their rustic charm, warm interiors, and seamless integration with the natural landscape, bunkies offer a tranquil escape from the stresses of modern life—a place where you can relax, recharge, and reconnect with nature and loved ones.

In conclusion, if you're looking to expand your living space without the hassle and expense of a traditional home addition, consider the many benefits of bunkies. These versatile, cost-effective structures offer endless use possibilities and even income generation that could pay you to have the extra space you always wanted. So why wait? Embrace the bunkie life and unlock the full potential of your home today!

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