Designing an Addition that Looks Right
Even a small addition can make your house live and look its best.
Summary: Architect and author Lynn Hopkins has spent years helping clients make smart decisions about adding on to their homes. In this article, she presents ten case studies featuring an assortment of houses that were improved with additions both large and small. The additions not only provided the desired space for a master suite, a home office, more headroom upstairs, or even just better views and more light, but they also enhanced each house’s curb appeal.
Not moving any time soon? The slowdown in the real-estate market has a lot of homeowners asking questions about their current residence. Where can we make room for a growing family by adding a couple of bedrooms? Can we carve out space for a home office? Will some artful reworking of the exterior make it more appealing to a potential buyer?
As an architect specializing in residential design, I’ve spent years addressing these questions for my clients. Adding square footage to a house can transform a poorly laid-out plan into something that perfectly suits the occupants, often with just a modest amount of new space. A construction project that recasts the exterior shapes of a house is an excellent opportunity to fix problems such as clumsy roof lines, poorly conceived entries, and missed opportunities for outdoor spaces.
In this article, we’ll take a look at an assortment of houses that have been improved with additions both large and small. In each case, the addition not only provided the desired space, but it also enhanced the look of the house.
Should I build up, out, or both?
Every addition begins with a fundamental question: Where should it go? A variety of conditions influence the answer.
Whether to expand a home upward instead of outward depends on the kinds of spaces you want…