As your home begins to feel confined, the idea of remodeling has surfaced. Yet, the dilemma remains: should you opt for a second-floor addition or expand the ground floor – is it better to build up or out?
There are many variables to consider, like local ordinances, your own family’s wants and needs, and your budget. Getting a better handle on these variables and their meaning in your situation will help you make the best decisions regarding an up or out home addition.
This article will discuss the pros and cons of building up vs. building out and various considerations. Let’s dig in!
The first step in the process is to examine why you are considering a home renovation. To do that, discuss what isn’t working in your existing home. Are the bedrooms too small? Do you and your children have to be especially creative about finding space to play? Is a shared bathroom getting the blame for people running late in the morning? Is your home too small to have friends and family over? Is your kitchen too tight for two people to comfortably cook? Do you have trouble keeping an eye on the kids while you cook? The list goes on and on.
Get specific about the wants and needs that this level of inquiry uncovers. Once you’ve determined what isn’t working for you, you can start working on a solution to remedy the issue.
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Here again, there are many variables to consider. The cost will depend on your existing home’s structure, how much extra space is being added, and what kind of prep work needs to be done.
If a new foundation is needed for a building-out home addition, it will likely be more expensive than a second-story addition, even one that is equal in size to the first floor.
There are many ways to go either up or out with your home addition. When you have evaluated your needs, you will likely choose one or more of these components for your home remodeling project.
Check out “5 Home Addition Ideas to Accommodate Your Growing Family” for inspiration on your home addition project.
When you understand your needs and your options, you have the tools to make the best decision. A well-thought-out home addition can give you a higher quality of life as the issues that made you consider an addition are addressed. A high-quality design-build firm will guide you through the process of determining whether a second-story or first-floor addition is the best solution for your needs.
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