Planning a home addition in Calgary? It is a big undertaking, but a well-planned addition will pay for itself time and time again. Boost your home’s value and extend its square footage with an impactful home addition.
Home additions allow for more space by building up or off of your existing home. Whether you are planning a bonus room over the garage, a mother-in-law/nanny suite, one-room home addition, a second-story add-on, or an outdoor room, ensure that your new addition is a success by considering the following:
- Start a list asking what problems you want the project to solve (more space) and what goals you want it to achieve (better indoor-outdoor access for entertaining). Once you’ve made the list, rank the improvements in order of priority. Knowing the end result will help your Calgary renovations contractor to plan accordingly for items such as wiring, plumbing, and location.
- Ensure you understand the legal restrictions of what can be built on your property. Calgary has setback restrictions that govern how close a structure can be built to property lines, height restrictions, building area ratios, and design covenants.
- Mimicking the style and pitch, or angle, of your home’s original roofline helps an addition fit in with the original structure, whether you’re building up or adding an entryway.
- Repetition of architectural features is key to a well-designed addition. Otherwise elements can clash, if they’re of two completely different materials or design styles. Carefully consider all building elements on the original structure, including windows, trim, doors, gutters, lighting, and hardware. If the house features double-hung windows, for instance, don’t install swing-out casements in the addition.
- Concern yourself not only with how the addition will look from the outside, but what the outside will look like as viewed from the inside of the addition. Design, place, and orient yours to take advantage of striking views — and so that it will look good when viewed through the windows of the original house.
In this 2012 Calgary and National SAM Award winning barn renovation project, Malbec added a second storey to a single level structure by building into the trusses. This increased the square footage by ~40% without increasing the overall building mass or building footprint.