What Type of Addition Are You Planning?
You can choose from several types of additions for an average house, including ground level additions, second floor additions and detached additions. Each option has its own benefits, drawbacks and estimated prices based on factors such as the size of the structure and the features that you want to incorporate.
An extra room means exactly that. Homeowners who choose this type of an addition often do so to add a family room, bedroom or multiple spaces. When you want to add an additional room to your home, you typically have two options: build out or build up.
This is a major construction project that involves creating an additional building structure and integrating it with the rest of the home. Average costs run anywhere from $80 to $200 per square foot. No matter whether you build out or up, you should:
- Consult with an architect before getting started to make sure that the design looks cohesive with the rest of your home, which will help enhance the resale value
- Hire a structural engineer to make sure the plans are safe and sound
- Hire a general contractor or a remodeling company
Building out typically involves adding a room at ground level, which is one of the most popular types of additions. These options increase the footprint of your home by extending the house’s perimeter outward, which offers minimal disruption to the rest of the home. Potential drawbacks of building out include the cost of having to pour a new foundation, the loss of yard or property space and the possibility that you may need to get a zoning variance depending on local regulations.
If you want to expand your living space without increasing the footprint of your home, building up is a great option. For this type of addition, you add a room to the second story, or you could add an entire second story onto a one story home. Even though your contractor won’t need to create a new foundation, he may need to strengthen the existing foundation to support the extra weight. On the downside, you need to check your town’s rules to make sure you’re not limited in the height of your home. Additionally, you’ll need to add a staircase, which typically uses up 80 to 120 square feet of living space.