Home extensions are an excellent way of creating more space in one’s house. But when extending your home, one is usually faced with two choices; they either go up or out. Well, both these options have their perks and drawbacks. It’s therefore wise that you understand their pros and cons before choosing either option.
Here, homeowners add a story to their houses. One can add one more story or even two. Individuals can consider expanding an existing top floor by installing large dormers if their roof is pitched. Or someone can also add rooms above their porch or garage.
You won’t lose any outside space like yard. Or bump into zoning restrictions about setbacks.
In many cities, the allowable house height is limited, which can be an issue when building up. Again, if someone is adding a story, they’ll need to construct a stairwell which also takes significant space. And your contractor will alter the walls or ceiling below to create a firmer structure that’ll support the additional weight.
It involves expanding the ground floor level. Most homeowners usually go with this option since they only expand their first floors. Building out is excellent when someone is expanding the kitchen or living room area.
There is least destruction to your living space since your contractor won’t necessarily tear your walls. And if someone is creating only a small addition, he/she can do a bump out and avoid foundation work.
You’ll lose some of the outdoor space. Depending on one’s town, they may require a zoning variance to ensure that they’re within the legal property line.
Up or Out?
Whether adding a second story or building a ground floor addition will be right for you, depends on several factors including:
Counties have requirements or restrictions on how close you’re allowed to build to your neighbours or property line. They can also have limitations on how high one’s construction should go. Individuals should, therefore, confirm with their local government of such requirements.
Your Property Size and Shape
Building horizontally requires some space. Some people even consider giving up their yard space. But, if you don’t have that extra outside space, your best choice will be to build up. Building vertically saves much space for doing other things such as pools, gardens or even sheds.
Although it’s hard determining which of the two is more expensive, experts argue that, since it requires some excavation, construction of an additional basement or foundation, expanding outwards might be more costly. But, in some situations, also going up can be very costly. You, therefore, need to have a budget and decide which fits in it.
The Kind of Addition
Kitchen and living rooms are best suited for ground floor extensions. It’s wise that an individual decides whether their addition would be suitable at ground level or going up.
Which is Better?
Both options will give you some extra space in your house. However, when deciding which option to go with, consider what you really need, your budget as well as the zoning laws.