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  • Writer's pictureLisa Carlisle Architect

The Benefits of Building an Addition and What Works Best for Your Home

Updated: May 26, 2020

Running out of room in your house? Need that extra bedroom, guest space, playroom or home office? If you’ve already tried to make the best of the space you have and are busting at the seams, it might be time to build up, out or both.

Here are our tips on how to get started and figuring out the best option for your home.

Build Up, Out or Both?

If your site is small or you don’t want to give up your spacious backyard, building up/adding a second story might be the best option for you. However, your existing foundation must be capable of handling the extra load of the new structure. A structural engineer may be required to ensure a second-floor addition is the right option for your home.

If you have the yard space and your zoning codes and setbacks allow for it, a build-out addition can be designed to maximize your space. Locating septic systems and wells, if applicable, are important factors when building out and can restrict the size and location of the addition. A survey of your property is a great first step when considering adding on.

Building up and building out together may be the best design solution for your needs, house and property. We can make that determination with you.

Matching the Existing House

Another important aspect of a home addition besides function is how it will integrate into your existing home. A unified, updated look is ideal, so replacing siding or updating windows might be required during the construction process in order to achieve this. We want your new addition to look like it’s always been there. Our 3-D program allows you to see your home (inside and out) before it is built so you know exactly what it will look like when it is complete.


There are a lot of factors that need to be looked at when building an addition. We can help you decide if building up, building out or a combination of both is best for your home and site.

Ready to create your dream home? We’re ready to help!

(401) 560-0850

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