Your home is your space; a place where you should feel the most comfortable. But when circumstances change and the size of your family starts expanding, your home may start feeling too small. If you have the space for it, making residential additions may just be the solution you need to cater to your bigger family, and the necessary space that’s needed, instead of buying a new home.
Expanding Your Home With Residential Additions vs. Buying A New One
Expanding your family often requires expanding your home. Depending on your circumstances, you may have to decide between extending your home and buying a new one. There are a number of factors that may influence your decision including: the costs involved, your future plans, the area you live in, the type of house you have, the availability of space to extend, how emotionally attached you are to your house, and if the amenities and area is where you want to raise children.
Before You Begin
It’s recommended that you get a copy of the blueprints of the layout of your home to see what you’re working with. If there is space to add onto your property, it’s time to figure out what you need. You know the idiosyncrasies of your home, the creaking step you try to avoid, the cupboard you always bump into, the window that gets stuck etc. It’s worth correcting any problems that you’ve been putting off at the same time as the expansion. It can also be beneficial to consult an architect to get their opinion on how best to expand your home.
If you decide to extend your home, you don’t have to tear down any of the original rooms if you’re happy with them. Don’t feel restricted to maintain the same style of design throughout the renovation either, you could always redo the other rooms at a later stage if you feel the need, especially if your budget and time is limited.
Bear in mind that extensions on your house can increase its market value, especially in high value areas.
There are a number of ways you can increase the size of your home:
The most obvious way to increase the size of your home is by adding another room. This can be by adding an extra bedroom, bathroom, increasing the size of the kitchen, living room etc. The benefit of extending your house is that if it’s done properly it will not only increase the size of your house but also its value.
Add A Level
Building a second story on your home is an alternative option if you need a lot of extra space and don’t have the option on the ground floor. This allows you to retain your original design downstairs, while providing the space to build what you need. Again, if done properly, this adds value to your house. However, depending on the shape of your house, your roof may need to be raised to accommodate the added story.
Use The Basement
If adding a level to your house is not an option and you don’t have the space to expand outwards, try below. If you already have a basement, converting it into a bedroom and bathroom requires minimal renovation. If you don’t have one, digging below can provide you with the extra space you need, without compromising on your garden.
Residential additions are a more cost-effective and feasible option than buying a new home, as it allows you to include the additions you need, without going through the whole process of finding a new place. Typically, the cost of buying a new home will far outweigh the cost of renovating your current one. For a professional opinion on how you can expand your home, call: (561)923-8406 now.