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Does a Home Addition Have to Start From Scratch?

You know you want a home addition, but what you might not know is that addition can begin with space you already have.

As a home addition contractor, I talk with so many homeowners who want to add more living space but who may not have the lot size or budget to “start from scratch.”  In these cases, we’re often able to pick a different starting point: space that already exists.

For example, if homeowners want to add on to the kitchen or to create a new family room, an underused screened-in porch might be a perfect “home addition in the making.” Chances are, it already has a foundation, so there’s a major cost-savings right there.  Even more important, however, is the creative thinking this extra square footage offers.  The porch itself could be transformed into the room addition. Even if the space is not located where the actual new living space is desired, integrating the porch into the home’s overall square footage creates space to shift existing rooms to open up interior space for a larger kitchen, dining room, family room or even a first-floor bedroom.

If you have a carport, you have a foundation just waiting to become a garage complete with a multi-story addition that’s perfect as an office, teenage retreat, or in-law suite. The space between your back door and a detached garage can be remodeled into more than a breezeway. It could become a full-fledged home addition with plenty of space for a mudroom, family room or big new kitchen.

Our experience helps us spot possibilities for adding space without always starting from scratch. If you’re thinking of a home addition, why not start by getting some inspiration from our photo gallery?

 

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