Making the decision to have an addition built onto your home might not be an easy one, due to the sheer amount of work that a home addition entails, but it’s well worth the weeks or months of renovation that come with it. It’s also a costly investment, but depending on the type of addition you choose, you could be adding value immense value to your home. Here are just a few ways you can execute a home addition effectively.
If your home already has two stories but not enough room for your family, this renovation is for you. A two-story addition extends the existing house in order to add additional rooms and other amenities. If you have a single story home but have no more land space to build outward due to neighbours or property lines, then you’ll just have to build upwards instead. While this might seem terrifying, and requires a lot of work by building professionals, adding a second story to your home will add incredible square footage to your home.
The addition of a single room rather than expanding the entire house by adding another floor is a cost-effective way to add major value to your home. A room addition usually consists of adding a bedroom, living room or dining room to your home. As you’re creating an entire room from the ground up, this project will take a lot of work and time to achieve. However, the additional square footage will be well worth the weeks or months that this renovation will last.
As the name would suggest, a bump out addition only adds a small amount of space to your home. This scaled-down addition is best for expanding the size of a room instead of adding an entirely new room. While it might be a small addition, it can add a lot of value to your home, as it’ll increase the overall square footage of the home while adding a little extra space for a bigger bed or larger couch.
As the space already exists, converting a garage into another functional space is a less intrusive way of adding an addition onto your home. Garages are usually equipped with several electrical outlets and active wiring setup, making for a convenient transformation if you wanted another living space. There’s also less to do in terms of structural building, as the most you’d have to do is install drywall and insulation. While it might be harder to blend the design of your garage with the rest of your home, it’s possible. This option is best suited for a ‘forever’ home, as housing values typically lower when you get rid of a functional garage.
If your home has an unfinished basement, then you’ve just found added square footage that you can transform into a functional living area. Much like converting a garage, your basement already exists, meaning that the structural aspect of it isn’t something you need to worry about creating from the ground up. All that needs to be done, at most, is fixing any structural issue you may find before insulating and installing drywall. A finished basement can be turned into a game room, extra bedroom or living space.
At Alex Chong Building, we’re a full service contracting firm with over 30 years of construction experience. Located in London, Ontario, our services include the renovation of bathrooms, kitchens, home additions, basements and other major renovations you may have. As a builder you can trust, call us today to get started on your home renovation.