Many people move to bigger homes to gain needed space. When you like your neighborhood, property and home, consider adding on. That way you get what you want without forfeiting what you have – including priceless memories and equity.
Sometimes a little cantilevered bump out is all you need to gain the space to transform your kitchen layout. But if zoning setback requirements allow, you may be able to gain a whole new room or greatly enlarge an existing one. Or literally double the square footage of a one-story home by raising the roof and adding a second level if it would fit aesthetically with the neighborhood.
Whatever expansion strategy you choose, our designers will ensure that the new blends seamlessly with the existing both inside and out. We also will be sensitive to maximizing natural light to interior rooms and maintaining sight lines to the best views, even if that takes skylights and interior clerestory windows. Done right, an addition should look like it was always there, not an afterthought. Rooflines, window placement, surface materials, architectural details and scale must come together to pull it off.
Depending on the scope of the project, room additions can take anywhere from three weeks to three months. We usually can pour foundations from mid April through October. Don’t worry about feeling exposed. We will close in the exterior shell before removing interior walls. During second-story additions, we are prepared with giant tarps that can cover your entire house if unexpected severe weather threatens.
When adding a new roof and foundation, don’t scrimp on size. The valuable space you gain will be well worth the slightly higher cost. In fact, the square foot cost may go down.
While new living space is best built on a foundation or grade level slab with in floor heating, don’t overlook the value of a new porch built on piers. Open front porches are welcoming addition to many homes that encourage neighborhood engagement. And an enclosed porch out back can extend your outdoor season by months – and without mosquitoes.
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