Do you love your home and would hate to ever move? Do you love your neighborhood and the friends you and your kids have made? Do you have a great school district that you would never leave? If you answered “Yes!” to any of these and you need more living space, then a home addition is what you are looking for. It is the best way to stay in the place you love, add square footage, and increase your home’s value when it does come time to move on.
Conventional Home Additions
A conventional home addition is the first thing most people think about when they need to add space. It is usually a multi-room add on built onto the existing structure and accessible or open to the original house. A well-designed home addition blends perfectly into main house. It also provides the most flexibility. You can design a family room on one level and an extra bedroom and bathroom on the second floor. Build a great room or sunroom with access to an open kitchen. Or even construct an apartment suite for an aging parent.
Single Room Addition or Bump Out
A single room addition is a structure built onto a house that is usually designed for a specific function, like as a bedroom, bathroom, or sunroom. Bump-outs are smaller home additions that literally bump out from an existing exterior wall. A bump out addition can give you the extra space you need to expand your kitchen or make space for something like a laundry room or first floor bath or powder room.
Attached: A garage conversion transforms an attached garage into a living space by adding flooring, replacing the garage door with a solid wall, and incorporating it into the rest of the house design. The primary benefit of an attached garage conversion is that typically plumbing and electrical are already installed or easily accessible, making the project more affordable. Attached garage conversions are often made into apartment style spaces and constructed for older children or aging parents.
Detached: We’ve been doing more detached garage conversions recently and some of the designs are truly creative. Detached garages are now being used as guest houses, bars and party rooms, pool houses, and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). They usually require more work than attached conversions since they don’t often have plumbing and may not have electricity.
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)
An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is just a trendy name for what most people call an in-law suite, granny flat, teen-suite, or guest cottage (we’ve written about them before). They have become more popular in recent years because they allow parents to “age in place” with their adult children instead of moving into an assisted living arrangement, saving both cost and worry for all involved. But they are also great for teenaged or adult children because it gives them their own space (which gives mom and dad some privacy) and then can be rented out once they move out.
Home Additions with Your Needs in Mind
If you’re looking at the space you have now and are dreaming up ways of adding more to it, our home addition building team is ready to start collaborating. We will work side by side with you to make sure your needs are met, and your unique style is matched.