When families start to grow, homeowners weigh their options of buying a new home with more space or adding an addition on to a current home. Additions are built as single story additions, meaning the current structure has outward expansion, or as second story additions, meaning single story homes build a second story on top for additional space. This article focuses on what you need to know about single story additions.
The first consideration is understanding laws for your area. Will the city permit you to build an addition? Many properties have setbacks or space that has to be left before the property reaches the road or walkways. It could hinder building from the start. Building permits also need to be obtained. Don’t try to build without a license, as permissions ensure additions are built up to safety codes to protect homeowners in case of natural disasters and for general security reasons. An alternative to the single story addition is the granny flats Adelaide. These are separate structures that are one or two stories and house a bedroom, living space, full bathroom, and kitchen.
Once you know that you can build a single story addition, the next step is deciding what you want to do about it. Are you looking to create extra bedrooms? Do you want to expand the current living space with a recreation room or office space? How many windows do you want? Do you want a deck or patio built off the addition? Will the addition encroach on outdoor lawn space? Is that okay? How many outlets will you need? What type of lighting do you want?
To make sure the structure doesn’t look like an extra room tacked on to the house, keeping the style the same as the original structure is necessary. Details such as cornices, or trim or matching floors can make the transition more seamless. Also, consider where you can build the addition and how it will be accessed. In other words, will you be walking through the kitchen to get to the addition? Maybe down a hallway? Hopefully, you won’t reach the extension through the bathroom, but that is something to consider. If you knock out a wall to build, what type of support will you need to hold the weight of the current space and the new addition?
Some people find it helpful to hire an architect or general contractor early on in the process to help with ideas. With their expertise, small details won’t be missed, such as how the addition will affect the lighting in the current space. If windows are taken out, how will the natural light be accessed? Skylights are one possibility.
Knowing what to expect and what you are getting into is the best way to ensure a smooth first story addition to your home. Working with a professional general contractor can help answer questions and get you on the right track to creating the addition you’ve always wanted.