Home Additions: Adding On vs. Building Up

Home Additions, Renovations

When considering home renovations, it is important to understand the differences between adding on vs. building up. Each type of renovation offers its own sets of advantages and disadvantages. By understanding these benefits and drawbacks, you will have the knowledge you need to make an informed decision. Contact the Alderidge Construction team today to learn more about our renovation services and the benefits of home additions.

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Adding On (Building Out)

Also known as building out, adding on refers to renovations that expand a space horizontally. Examples of this include kitchen expansions, extending a bathroom, and increasing the size of your bedroom. Building out typically occurs on the first level of the home, though it is certainly possible for upper levels in certain home layouts.

Advantages of Adding On

Building out rather than building up can be a less intrusive method of adding to your home. By going with this option, certain situations may allow some existing rooms to remain undisrupted. Adding on tends to be a bit more cost effective in most cases as well, allowing you to increase space for less.

Potential Disadvantages of Adding On

In terms of disadvantages, building out will likely take some of your yard space away. To some, however, this can be seen as an advantage due to the reduced lawn maintenance requirements. Another area to consider is the zoning requirements for your property and how they align with your proposed renovation. These requirements may create restrictions, forcing you to change your plan. Though adding on is a sensible choice for most properties, it may not suit properties with little to no yard space.

Building Up

As the name implies, building up involves renovations that expand a space vertically. Examples of this include adding another floor to a one-storey house and adding living space above a garage or patio.

Advantages of Building Up

Building up allows you to add more living space without expanding your horizontal footprint, making it an ideal choice for houses with small yards. This method of renovation can also be useful for generating extra income in certain situations.

Potential Disadvantages of Building Up

In terms of drawbacks, building up is more disruptive than adding on since it will affect most existing rooms in a home. Certain renovations may even require the removal of walls or the ceiling to replace electrical, plumbing, and heating systems, which can increase costs. Building up also requires the addition of a stairwell if one does not exist, reducing space on the ground floor. Every city has restrictions and regulations in place for how tall a home can be in an area. As a result, the choice of adding on or building up may be heavily influenced by your regional requirements and bylaws.

For more information on adding on, building up, or other renovations, reach out to the Aldridge Construction experts. Our team will work with you to bring your vision for your home to life.