Home Additions, Large and Small
Is Your Cleveland Area Home Too Small?
When your need for space exceeds what your current home provides you need to move, remodel, or suffer through it.
If you love the area you live in, don’t want to relocate, and don’t want to just grin and bear it, building a new home addition is your best option. There are many types of home additions we can create, and we can share ideas, options, and information so you can decide what is best for you.
Assessing Your Home’s Home Addition Possibilities
When we first visit your home to talk about a home addition, we learn how much space you need and how you will use it. You may already have an idea of what type of addition you want. Each home is unique in what type of home addition will be possible and most cost effective.
We can explain the opportunities your home offers for building your addition. In some cases, we may know if your zoning allows what you have in mind. If it’s not allowed, or if there are other limiting factors, we’ll offer alternative ways of adding space.
Integrating Your Home Addition with Your Home
When we design and build an addition on your home, we make sure that it is properly integrated into your home’s function and design, inside and out. On the inside, we pay attention to how the addition impacts traffic flow, how and where it connects to other rooms, and how its design blends with the rest of the home. On the outside, we make sure it adds to, and not detracts from, your home’s curb appeal.
We also look at systems. Additions need more power, heating, cooling, and sometimes additional hot water. For example, we examine if your current heating and cooling system can handle the extra room. If the room is large, an engineering and cost analysis may need to be made to decide between adding a larger, high-performance heating and cooling system to your whole home or using an additional high-performance system just for the addition.
First-Floor Home Additions
First-floor home additions are very popular, and we’re designing and building more and more of them. Family rooms, great rooms, and enlarged kitchens are common first-floor additions.
Many homeowners are opting to build master suites and in-law suites as first-floor home additions. This makes extra sense if anyone who will be using the suite now or in the future is older or has problems with climbing stairs.
Like with new construction, first-floor additions require a pad, crawlspace or basement for the addition’s foundation. Depending on your need and your lot, we’ll recommend which of these options will be best for you.
If you have no room to build to the side or to the back of your home, don’t worry. Many home additions are second-story or even third-story additions. They can be a dormer bump-out, a room over an attached garage, or even an entire new level added to the home.
These types of home additions require the same considerations as a first-floor addition, plus a few more things. We take care of all this for you so you don’t have to worry.
If you are curious, some of the things we need to consider for a second story addition are whether the first story is structurally strong enough to build on top of, what is the optimal location to place the staircase connecting the bottom and top levels, how the roof line will change, and many other things.
Multi-Story Home Additions
Generally, a multi-story home addition, also known as a new “wing” on your home, starts with a first and second floor and could include a basement or third floor as well.
These types of additions require even more planning and special expertise than designing first and second floor additions.
These are large additions and can double or triple the size of your home.
Attic Home Addition Options
Some homes are built in a way that allows you to cost effectively build a home addition by adding dormers or a shed roof to your existing attic and finishing the inside for living space. These types of additions can add living space at a lower cost per square foot than other types of additions. But not every home has the right type of existing attic.
Unfinished attics have insulation on the attic floor, so when converting an attic into living space, you must use new ways of insulating the walls, as well as adding heating and cooling to a previously unconditioned space.