Home Addition Ideas

Home Addition Ideas

Get the most out of your real estate by remodeling and expanding your home

By Robert Ferguson

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When people outgrow their houses, the first reaction is to shop for a bigger home. However, because they love their neighborhood, the convenient shopping and the great schools, increasing the size of their existing home becomes an attractive option. First comes the planning of the addition, determining a basic cost of the project and checking with local building departments to determine the zoning requirements for the particular project.

Outside Structure Additions

Different types of outside additions include open porches, screened porches and sunrooms enclosed with glass. In parts of the country with inclement weather, sunrooms are a practical choice. The glass allows the room to be air conditioned or heated while still experiencing the outside.

Wing Additions

Wing additions add multiple rooms to a home. The main thing to consider is if it will fit within the boundaries of your lot. Check with your building department for setback and easement restrictions.

Single-Room Additions

Sometimes a single-room addition is sufficient to satisfy the expansion homeowners need. Add an extra bedroom, family room, bathroom or garage. Save money by placing the addition close to the electrical service box and plumbing connections.


Used to add extra space to small cramped rooms, bump-outs are a way to transform these types of rooms while adding some dimension to the home's exterior. Small kitchen and bathroom expansions of just a few feet are common bump-out additions.

Second-Story Additions

Adding a second story to a home offers the opportunity to expand the home's square footage when confronted with a small lot. Consult with an architect or engineer to ensure that the existing walls and foundation can support the weight of the additional story.

Two-Story Additions

Two-story additions offer the most space gains. They can be attached to the existing home or built separately and connected by a passageway that connects the two buildings together. They will change the entire exterior look of the home.

About the Author

Robert Ferguson is a licensed building contractor with more than 30 years of experience, focusing primarily on residential remodeling, repair, renovation and construction.

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