We hear you have outgrown your home. We get it. But what if you have a fantastic neighborhood with amazing neighbors? Your kids all have friends, and football nights have never been better. The fact remains, you need more room in the home. So, what is the solution? Have you thought to build out or build up? Both are real options when space is at a premium in the home.
Whether you build out or build up, adding more space can make a world of difference in the home’s overall function. At Georgia Home Remodeling, our teams are ready to design the build-out or build-up you need to stretch out and enjoy family time again.
There are several reasons you may want to add to your existing home. Here are a few we have heard over the years.
Now, the next step is to determine what room types you need. After all, a bathroom is a whole lot different than a home office. And there are many more reasons you may want an addition on your home, no matter whether up or out.
Now, let’s think about what types of rooms you need and which rooms you just want. What is the need, and how does it fit the future of your family? When you go through a significant home project, you want to make sure it will last for the functionality of your home and family. That is until you are empty nesting and ready for that retirement condo on the beach.
When you need more “wet space,” there will be plumbing added to the home. This would be a kitchen expansion or a bathroom to be added. A contractor would advise you on the cost and implications of the overall floor plan if you need more wet space.
Ground-level additions usually include rooms like these.
Second story additions may include these rooms.
Of course, there are considerations when deciding whether it will be out or up or combining the two.
The first thing you must ask yourself, or your architect, is if there is room to build out. Likewise, is there the structure to build up? Here are the factors that will go into the decision.
The good news here is that your contractor can help you make all of these decisions. Contracting with a professional company like Georgia Home Remodeling ensures the quality of the work that will be done.
What happens now? You have made the decisions that meet your wants and needs, and the contractor has approved the structural design. Now your contractor will submit the plans for permitting. Once you have the plans approved, excavation can begin. Once the foundation is in place, the walls will be added. Only after the area is secure for your family will they open the home’s walls to the new addition.
When you build-out, it is usually less invasive to the current space in your home. You can stay in the house, and they will tarp the area off when they open it up to the addition.
In this case, you will lose a bit of yard space, and the foundation work may cost quite a bit. But either way, these are only minor things to consider when needing more space in the home.
Okay, so building up is the way? That is exciting news. This is where the contractor submits the plans for permitting, and the work can begin. However, there may be some structural work that needs beefing up, which could be invasive. Not to mention, the roof will have to be taken off part of the home. SO, you may need to find other accommodations for a while.
This process can be anywhere from a simple attic build-out to a complete second-story addition. So, the pros could be how nonstructural and straightforward the expansion will be. And you may be able to use the space above the garage or in the back of the home. Also, you will not have to lose any lawn space.
There are many neighborhoods and cities that have height limits for homes. And the stairs will take up space on the first floor, so be sure to factor that in. Again, these are minor inconveniences to get the home of your dreams.
Have you considered repurposing rooms and adding alternative spaces? If you need more family room, what about a deck added to the back of the home and some comfy lawn furniture? You can even add a fan and an outdoor TV.
-Need more kitchen space? What about an outdoor kitchen?
-Could you clean out the garage and convert it into a room?
-Maybe the attic can be an office, gym, or a game room.
-Perhaps a sunroom or screen room could add that extra space you need.
This is where the expertise and experience of your contractor will come in handy. They have seen it all and can locate the perfect place in your home to add space.
Whether your decision to build out or build-up or some combination of the two, we’ve got it covered. Georgia Home Remodeling is a full-service home remodeling and renovation company serving Barrow, Walton & Gwinnett Counties.
Our teams specialize in basement finishing, screened-in porches, kitchen and bathroom renovations, and custom sunrooms and decks. And our expert crews include craftsmen from diverse trades, including carpenters, painters, electricians, plumbers, flooring, and HVAC professionals, allowing us to handle any job and create the custom home solution that you are looking for.
With Georgia Home Remodeling, home renovation and restoration projects range from painting a room to building a home and everything in between. So, when you find yourself needing more space but not wanting to move, give us a call to get started planning for your future.