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Home Renovations: When It Makes Sense to Build Up

The owners of this split level home wanted more living space.
The owners of this split level home wanted more living space.

Sometimes the home of your dreams can lose a bit of its luster over time. Maybe your family has grown, or maybe your needs have changed. When that happens, you can move to a new, larger home or build a new place. But you also have the option of staying put and adding onto your home—or in some cases, adding up.

Which option is cheaper by the square foot depends on the homeowner’s needs, the local property market, and the layouts of the existing house and property. Homeowners usually decide to renovate their homes rather than buy a new one for one or more of the following reasons:

  • They like their neighborhood.
  • They want to stay in their school district.
  • They want to avoid the taxes and expenses involved in buying a new home.
  • They like their existing home or property.
  • They find that renovating is cheaper in their area.

When the owners of this cozy split level wanted to expand their living space without starting over in a new home, they came to us to explore options for adding on.

We developed a design that involved building a second story over half of the home.

Building up
Special care must be taken to ensure that the underlying structure is strong enough to support the second story.
Special care must be taken to ensure that the underlying structure is strong enough to support the second story.

When planning an addition, building up is usually less costly than building out because it doesn’t require foundation work.

Building up does require analysis to ensure that the underlying structure can bear the load of a second story. In some cases additional support has to be added before the second story can be built.

This expansion allowed us to add significantly to the homeowner’s living space with minimal disruption to their home and property. With new siding all around and a new roof, the home took on a completely different look to go with its expanded living space.

Is your home feeling a bit cramped these days? Is it time to consider expanding your living space? If so, we can help you design a renovation that will suit your needs today and for years to come—and look like the home of your dreams again, too.

New siding and roofing gave the home a whole new look.
New siding and roofing gave the home a whole new look.

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