Home Addition Basics:
Second Story Room Additions
Another idea is to build up. Second story additions are a little trickier in that the weather really needs to cooperate since a portion of the roof will be open for a small amount of time. This is a great addition for a master bathroom or for extra bedrooms if more children are on the way. Depending on the situation, building up can sometimes be less expensive per square foot than building out because there won’t be any need for foundation building. This is not always the case, however, so be sure to consult Builders or Architects early in the process so that your course is properly set before you get too far.
Hidden Costs for Room Additions
Think of what happens to a woman when she gets pregnant. Her body was one size, now it has a very different structure. She will need more to eat, need bigger clothes, it will be more difficult to regulate her temperature. A room addition can do the same thing to a typical day-to-day budget. You will need a little more heat and air conditioning during certain times of the year (excepting sunrooms, which are typically warmer than other parts of the house), you might have to recarpet several other rooms to match the new carpet in the addition, and your furniture might not work as well with the added space.
Not that you would stop your room addition plans because it might cost more to heat your home, but you just need to consider the changes to your home that will after the house addition is complete. These changes are not a sign that your house addition was a bad move or that something is wrong, this is just how the process works.
The Best Advice
The very best most basic advice about house additions is to get in touch with professionals as early on in the process as you can. Talk to builders, contractors, architects and any other sub contractor whose knowledge you need. Keep in mind that their time is valuable, so be respectful of it, particularly if you haven’t secured financing of if your house addition is a long ways from breaking ground.