Home additions are a great way to add living space without having to move. There are three options for many homes. You can either build out, build up, or convert existing space.
Building out is one of the most popular choices homeowners make. It causes less disruption to the existing structure than building up and is usually the most practical. If the home includes an outdoor patio or deck that already has footings, the new structure may be able to be built on top of that space, saving you both time and money. If there is not an existing structure, you will have to start from beneath ground level and work up to ensure your addition is structurally sound.
Building up is less popular because it requires removing the roof of the existing space before construction on the home additions can begin. If there is no room to build out, this may be a good option for expanding your living space.
Converting an existing space is a great option for some homes. This usually includes changing a garage or sunroom into a living space by framing and insulating the walls and sealing off unnecessary doors. The outside is then re-sided or covered in some way to disguise the new structure. This option is often the least expensive as the foundation and a majority of the walls were likely in place before construction began.
No matter which type of addition you are looking at, it is always a good idea to consult with an architect when making your design, have your plans checked by a structural engineer, and hire a general contractor to do the work. This will help ensure your addition is structurally sound and will look like it fits the original structure.
Home additions can be a lot of fun. It is a great way to increase space and make your home work for you and your family again.