You already have the room on your property--somewhere. It's just a matter of carving out and creating conditioned living space from that room. Not only does more living space mean happier families, it means higher resale values for your house. Building an addition is the only true way to "create space." Except for building upward, nearly every other way of creating space involves redistributing existing space. You create an entirely new space, unhindered by existing structures. Usually, you do not need to vacate the house during construction. Returns absolute maximum resale value. Commensurate with ongrade additions in terms of value, second-story additions are best when your available property is small. A better way of gaining space than even building outward. If you can steel yourself for this long, expensive project, an on-grade addition will pay you back many times over--financially and emotionally. The sky is the limit, as they say. Like building outward, this is one space-creating remodel that returns insanely high value upon sale.
While this might seem like a "no-brainer," it needs to be mentioned. It is typically cheaper to build an addition than to buy a new home that equals the space of your existing house plus addition. At the very least, the closing costs involved with selling your old house and buying the new house would push this option over the top.
Forget moving - make the most of what you have by extending your house up, out or down...
Why move when you can improve? There are lots of reasons to extend, whether you want to create more space, add value to your home or just love the area in which you live. The increasing cost and hassle of moving combined with uncertainty in the property market makes staying put an attractive prospect. Many properties have untapped potential, and renovations can make a home more enjoyable to live in as well as adding to its market value.
Up until quite recently, the front of the house was the most social area of the home and the kitchen and rear were purely functional spaces. Now, with cooking the nation's favorite pastime, open-plan kitchen-diners are increasingly in demand. Homeowners like spaces that suit their lifestyle and aspirations, and side extensions and large living/dining areas appeal to the way people live now. Having a large, well-lit family space that has access to the garden is a big selling point.
When interest rates drop and home equity loans become affordable, an orchestra of hammers and saws arises across America. This is the sound of homeowners frantically building additions.
The addition is the single biggest home remodeling purchase you will ever make.
100% Your Creation
You may have an old house, but the addition is space that you can claim as your own. It's like designing a whole new house without the expense of a whole new house.
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all house addition; they come in different styles and types. The smallest addition is the pre-fab sun room. Additions can cost as much as you want--even matching the cost of the main house itself--when you include a second story, bathrooms, special media rooms, or master suites.
For lack of a better term, this option is just called a house addition or a room addition. Nothing less than one entire new room is added to the house: great room, dining room, or family room. Usually more than one room is added: bedroom plus a master bathroom or living room plus extra bathroom. Though expensive, room additions return high value in relation to their cost.
A house bump out is an addition scaled way down. In fact, it's not even a room anymore--it's an enhancement to an existing room. The bump out can add another 50 square feet to your kitchen, so that you can squeeze in a kitchen island. Or it can turn a powder room into a bathroom with a shower. Or it can cantilever a few more feet out into thin air to turn a cramped dining area into a comfortable place to eat and socialize. Bump outs often lay down a new roofline, employing a shed style or flat roof.
A dormer is a window that is set vertically on a sloping roof. The dormer has its own roof, which may be flat, arched, or pointed. The dormer shown here has a gable roof.
On a hipped dormer (picture on the right), the roof slants back as it rises, and this occurs on the front as well as on the sides. Hipped dormers, not surprisingly, are often found on houses where the main roof is hipped as well. This style of dormer is common on houses in the Prairie, French Eclectic and Shingle styles.