Home Addition Types and Descriptions

Home Additions are the best way to add extra space to your home without having to sell your house and buy a bigger one. There are many types of home additions and these are listed below with a description of each type:

Two Story Extensions – Two Story Extensions are designed to enlarge a home which has enough height, but could use some extra length or width. A two-story extension can be built on any side of the house, and the rooms inside a two-story extension depend on the size of the extension as well as the customer’s desires.

Second Story Extensions – Second Story Extensions are for homes with one level that would like to add a second story to their home. The entire roof is removed from the home and the second story extension is added on, followed by the roofing installation as well as the repair of HVAC, air, electrical, and anything else that had to be removed to put the extension in place. The rooms for a second story extension vary by home and by customer desire.

In-law Additions – In-law home additions are built onto any side of your home, and are usually built to include a kitchenette, living room, master bedroom, closets and a bathroom. These additions are not just one room being added to your house – they typically are meant for those who would like to up to double the size of their current home to accommodate an additional person(s).

Kitchen Extension Addition – Is your Kitchen too small? Kitchen Additions can add around 200 additional square feet to your kitchen, or any exterior wall of your exisiting home to function as a Room Addition. The existing roofing and siding will be matched to your existing home and a kitchen extension addition will be built on the exterior wall where your existing kitchen resides on a crawl space foundation.

Bedroom Additions – A bedroom addition “home extension” will be built onto an exterior wall of your choice with a crawl space foundation. Roofing and Siding will be matched to your existing house.

Bathroom Additions – The existing roofing and siding will be matched to your current home and a bathroom addition will be built on the exterior wall of your choice with a crawl space foundation.

Family Room Addition – The existing roofing and siding will be matched to your current home and a family room addition will be built off an existing exterior wall of your choice, crawl space foundation.

Sunroom Additions – Sunrooms are large and spacious and typically look great no matter where you put it. A sunroom addition can also be a Large Family Room. The existing roofing and siding will be matched to your current home and a sunroom addition will be built off an existing exterior wall of your choice with a crawl space foundation.

Dormer Addition – Add space by adding a front or rear dormer addition. Dormer Additions are designed to give your home’s second or third floor more space and flexibility.

Adding a front dormer will certainly give your home great curb appeal, but it will also allow more light into your home, and increase the air circulation on the second or third floor.

The existing roof will be cut in the section(s) where the dormer or dormers will be constructed. A dormer will then be framed to your custom specifications.

Front Porch Addition – A porch addition will enhance your curb appeal as well as entertaining possibilities. Porch Additions are generally built onto the front of the home, however they are also able to be added to the rear of the home.

Garage Additions (1-3 Car Plans) – A Garage Addition can be built as an addition onto your home which is attached to the side of your home, or it can be built as a detached Garage Addition. Garage Additions can be built to accommodate between one and three cars. The roof and sides will be built to match your home roof and walls.

Garage Conversion – Convert your existing garage into a room with a garage conversion. Removal of existing garage door, installation of trim, drywall, flooring, interior door, siding, windows, and paint.

Bonus Room Above Garage Additions – Building a Room Over your Garage can be the ticket to a larger home. Existing garage roof will be removed and a master suite will be built above the garage.

Deck Additions – Add a spacious 16-by-20-foot deck using pressure-treated lumber.
Pressure-treated joists supported by 4×4 posts anchored to concrete piers. Pressure-treated deck boards installed in a simple linear pattern. A built-in bench and planter of the same decking material adds style and comfort to this deck package. Stairs included, assuming three steps to grade. Also included is a complete white vinyl railing system. Deck Additions can be completely personalized and the above is a sample of a typical deck addition.

Lies, Damned Lies and Your Lease Extension

Nobody can force you to apply for a leasehold extension. The law doesn’t insist that you apply for one and you won’t get prosecuted or sued for letting it run down and expire.

However from a sensible perspective, depending on the remaining length of your current lease, you certainly would be well advised, preferably by a specialist solicitor, to apply for a lease extension.

Buyers avoid properties with leases that have less than 90-95 year to run – fact!! If you delay applying for a lease extension until your existing lease has less than 80 years to run you will incur the additional cost of the Marriage Value – fact! Mortgage providers are reluctant to agree to finance the purchase of properties with leases with less than 70 years to run – fact! If you let your lease run out completely you will find yourself in the unenviable position on being an ‘assured tenant’ with no lease to sell or extend and with all the loss of security that such a status entails – fact!

You would even be strongly advised to apply for a leasehold extension if you are in the ideal situation of your original lease having just over 95 years to run, for if you apply promptly for and are granted a leasehold extension your lease will then have an additional 90 years added to it, your house will retain its saleability and be perceived as more valuable than the property with a lease that hasn’t been the subject of a lease extension. You will also crucially avoid the additional cost of the Marriage Value.

Yes, you do need to apply for a lease extension and quickly, if your property has a lease with just over 80 years to run. You might well have seen it becoming less attractive to potential buyers should you have been attempting to sell, but you will have not yet crossed that critical less than 80 years remaining on your lease point and a prompt application for a leasehold extension would yet see you avoid incurring the additional and avoidable cost of the Marriage Value. The Marriage Value is based on the legally required 50/50 division between the leaseholder and the landlord of the ‘profits’ from an assumed increase in the value of the property due to its having an extension to its lease.

In the UK the calculation of this assumed increase in value is unavoidably subjective, based on local knowledge and market factors and in the hands of professional surveyors. It can amount to a considerable sum of money and so awareness of the necessity for applying for your lease extension prior to the lease having less than 80 years to run can result in an enormous cost saving.

Utilising the advice of an expert solicitor and surveyor from the outset of any application you to make for a lease extension would immeasurably increase the chances of an equitable agreement regarding the marriage value or if advice was sort before the lease had less than 80 years to run, avoidance of the Marriage Value altogether, particularly in the rare circumstances when a less than scrupulous landlord attempts to protract leasehold extension negotiations until the lease has less than 80 years to run in order to make the Marriage Value operative.

Minimise the Cost of Home Extensions or Additions

Do you need to expand your home? An extension or addition can certainly provide you and your family with more space for dwelling or storage. However, choosing to make some extensions or additions to your home can be a bit challenging. It can definitely cost you a lot of money if you do not know how to plan your project carefully. You need to prepare, so you can minimise the cost.

Should It Be an Extension or an Addition?

Granted you need more space. Still, you need to carefully consider your plan before you make any decisions. Would it be better to just build an addition, or is it better to just create an extension? If your house sits on a small block, an addition will definitely help you get the space that you need without causing any change to your present landscape. This is why an addition is perfect if you need new bedrooms.

On the other hand, if you would like to keep your projects as minimally disruptive as it can be, then you would probably just opt for an extension. An extension won’t require you to remove the roof of your home. You would also be able to minimise the cost of construction. You can also live in your house while you are having it extended. This is not something that it is easy to do when you are doing an addition. Of course, an extension will eat up your outdoor space. This is the one drawback to this project.

Get the Right Builder

Once you have carefully weighed your options and made your decision, you need to look for the right renovation builder to handle the project for you. Your builder should be able to design the extension or addition and he should be able to construct it. Aside from that, your builder should be able to help you secure the necessary approvals or permits from your local council. Contrary to what you may think, modifications to your property may need council approvals. This is especially true if the structure will create a significant change to the building.

Aside from the builder, you could get the assistance of an architect or a structural engineer. He could prepare the blueprints for you. You could review these blueprints with your builder and submit them to your local council for approvals. You definitely should consider having a structural engineer draw up the plans for you. This will help ensure that your extension or modification is structurally sound once completed.

Get Several Quotes and Compare Them

Do not enter into a contract with any builder or contractor without first requesting for several quotes from several contractors and comparing these quotes first. Like any wise shopper, you need to compare quotes and costs before you make your decision. This will help minimise the cost of building an addition or extension to your home.