Types of Home Additions to Consider

Home additions are as varied as the houses they attach to. Budget and space permitting, you can have a home addition built for virtually any purpose. An addition will increase the square footage of your home, and in doing so, make it more comfortable to live in and potentially raise its value. The recent economic downturn has actually made home additions more attractive to homeowners, who in previous years would simply move into a bigger home. Building a home addition means being able to upsize without having to leave the neighborhood you love, or deal with the headache of finding, buying, and moving to a new home in an unfamiliar part of town.

Here is a list of some of the most popular types of home additions:

  • Master bedroom suite – A refuge from the hustle and bustle found throughout the rest of your house
  • Sunroom – Enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors without having to contend with insects or bad weather
  • Kitchen bump out – Add square footage to your kitchen area to accommodate an eating nook, a walk-in pantry, etc.
  • Garage conversion – This is one of the most affordable home additions given that the exterior walls, roof, and foundation are already there. All it typically needs is wiring, a ceiling, HVAC, insulation, plumbing, drywall, and a new floor.

Whatever type of home addition you decide you want to build, just be certain to hire a contractor that has a verifiable track record of building additions in your area. Ask to see examples of its handiwork and be thorough in reviewing its qualifications.