Because who really wants to pack up and move?

You love where you live, but your house feels a little….tight. You don’t want to move, and you can’t find any other houses that you like in your area (because you already looked!). We feel you. Fortunately, savvy designers and architects exist, who can add a creative addition to your home.

We believe additions should look timeless, as though they were always part of your whole home design. Today we are sharing three types of additions to consider. Not all will be applicable to your situation, but they’ll get you pointed in the right direction. The best way to make this a reality is to speak with our team of architects and designers. We’ll do a site visit, draw up a plan, and execute it. The only downside is that you’ll never want to leave your house . 😉

1.  The Second Story

Unsurprisingly, this is a great option for homeowners with limited acreage. If you can’t build out, build up! Not only does this increase the curb appeal of a ranch home/single story home, it also greatly enhances resale value and usability. A second story can double your bedroom count, provide space for a home office with a view, or allow room for that perfect spa bathroom you’ve been imagining.

Is your home a good fit for a second story addition? Architects will determine this by evaluation your home’s existing structure and outlining the extra measures that will need to be taken for load-bearing and code requirements.

 

2.  The Glorified Garage Loft

From becoming a glorified home office to a noisy game room, the space above your garage was meant for more. You could even go wild and make it a mother-in-law suite or a rentable listing on AirBnb. (All the opportunists reading this just perked up.) Whether you choose to fulfill your tiny house fantasies in regal style or create the craftroom of your dreams, you can be certain that our team will help design the perfect solution.

Is your home a good fit for an above-garage addition? You know the drill: Architects have the answers. Contact them with your budget, timeline, and a description of what you’d like. Or, let them help you pick a plan.

 

3.  The Accessory Dwelling Unit

Affectionately referred to as “granny flats,” these accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are gaining fast popularity. If you want more living space but would rather not change the footprint of your main house, adding a micro-house elsewhere on your property is a real option. This allows for the privacy and comfort of your guests, aging family members, or short term rental guests (AirBnb, VRBO, etc).

Is your lot a good fit for an ADU? You’ll need to own a couple acres. Make sure you know your zoning issues and get in touch with an architect to develop a plan.

 

DESIGN TREND

ADUs are fast and growing…

“The ADU housing approach is a fast and creative way to address affordable housing. ADUs, which have been around for years, go by a variety of names: casitas, pool homes, in-law suites, granny flats, guesthouses and secondary dwelling units, among them.” –Forbes

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Hire the professionals…

Because additions involve structural components, blueprints, floor plans, and the same sourcing/scheduling protocols that new builds require, it is always best to work with licensed architects, designers, and builders. Our trusted network of professionals work alongside us to serve our clients well, from home additions to whole house remodels and beyond.