Let’s say you’ve outgrown your current home, and you’re craving more space. One option is to sell your home and move to a new one, but that isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. You might prefer your current location, feel attached to your home, or experience limitations in finding what you need on the market. Those are just some of the reasons you might consider building an addition to your current home instead.
If you’re considering an addition, it’s best to consult with an expert before getting too attached to a particular idea. Having said that, your options will usually fall into one of the following categories.
Bump out. With this option, you knock out a single wall and expand a room outward. This can be a good option for expanding a bathroom or adding an eating area to a kitchen, for example, but bump outs don’t generally add a large amount of square footage to your home.
Finish out a single room. If you’re needing to add an entire room, you might consider finishing out a garage, porch, or other area that already exists. This can be a great way to add an entire room (or two, in the case of finishing out a large garage). This is often an affordable option, since the foundation and perhaps the roof of the room are already present. Of course, you will also lose the function of the space as it is currently designed.
Build out. If you really need to add significant square footage to your home, you can build out as far as your property lines and permitting allow. Building out can help you gain several rooms, but you will lose the same amount of yard space. Since additions can sometimes look “awkward”, building onto the back of your home is often the best way to maintain curb appeal.
Build up. You can as much as double your current square footage by adding a second story to your home. As a bonus, you won’t lose any of your yard, either. Of course, this is also the most complicated way to build an addition to your home, and will often be the most expensive. Consider problems such as where to add a staircase, and whether your home will need additional supports to existing walls, ceiling, and even the foundation.
If you’re considering an addition to your home, call us to schedule a consultation. We can help you sort through your options and design an addition that flows with your home’s floor plan as well as offering the extra space that you need.