Should You Build Out or Up with Your Room Addition?

When you need a little more space but love your current home, building an addition is a great idea. You have the option of adding extra rooms on top of your home or building onto the side of the home. Both can work very well, so it will just depend on your individual situation. If you’re trying to decide between building up or out, here are some important things to keep in mind, brought to you by the team from Forever Builders, the room additions contractors San Diego homeowners can trust for exceptional workmanship and outstanding service.

Building Out Is Typically Cheaper

When adding a room to an existing home, placing an addition on top of the home is always more expensive. This is true whether you’re trying to add a whole new story or expand the width of stories above the ground floor. Building up is more expensive because it’s more complicated. You often have to make adjustments to lower floors to support the new addition, and you might also have to build extra structures like stairways. In many additions, another added cost is that you have to remove your current roof and build a whole new one. 

Building Up Preserves Your Existing Yard Space

Building out is usually only an option for homeowners with roomy lawns. Otherwise, you risk getting rid of your entire lawn. Even if you don’t want a big yard, there are downsides to expanding your home’s footprint. First of all, you might have to worry about zoning, because most areas have rules about how close your building can be to property lines. You also risk starting disputes with neighbors if you suddenly extend part of your house too close to their homes. In some cases, building out might even be impossible because your lawn is already so small. People living in denser urban areas often have to build up if they need more room.

Building Out Is Less Disruptive

Another reason homeowners like building out is that they can often still live in their homes while the renovations go on. Though building out does involve making space for a doorway in a wall, it doesn’t disrupt the rest of the house. Meanwhile, when building up, you often have to remove the entire roof, which makes it impossible to live in the house. If you don’t have the ability to stay elsewhere during renovations, building out is a lot easier.

Building Up Often Makes More Sense Architecturally

If you’ve ever been in a home with a lot of add-ons, you might notice weird, confusing inconveniences like bedrooms that can only be reached through other bedrooms. When you build out, you tend to get more long hallways and impractically connected rooms centered around a main floor plan. Building up makes it a little easier to preserve a cohesive layout for your home. It lets you create a unified floor plan for the new story so rooms and hallways connect cohesively.

The Forever Builders team can help you decide which option is best for you, and we’ll assist you through every step of your room addition. San Diego homeowners rely on us to provide the most affordable home remodeling services and ensure their visions become reality. From design to completion, we’ll help you create the room addition you’ve always wanted, meeting all your expectations while keeping your costs within budget. To find out more about our exceptional remodeling services, give one of our friendly team members a call today at (833) 243-5624.

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