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Different types of home extensions

  • Posted by: Gilmedia
  • Date: 2016-07-05
  • In:  Acadia Tips

When you first buy your home, it might seem like you’ve got everything you need. As time goes by, you discover that you need just a bit more space. Sometimes couples want to add a bedroom or two for their growing family. Sometimes it’s a matter of building another bathroom or expanding other parts of their home. There are many ways of expanding your home and it’s good to be aware of all of your options before committing to one of them.


Some of the most common types of home extensions include:


  • Double or multi-story extensions
  • Single story home extensions on the rear or sides
  • Basement conversion
  • Roof extensions
  • Garage extensions
  • Other freestanding structures on your property


A double or multi-story extension is popular since you can double the size of your home without losing out on important yard space. There is no need to sacrifice your garden just for the sake of adding on a room or two. Whether you decide to build a full second story or a partial upper level, it’s essential to call in the pros! There are a lot of design and structural resistance issues that need to be addressed before construction can begin. Not to mention building permits!


Single story extensions are great if you want to add an extra room, another bathroom, make a particular room larger, or similar projects. These kinds of extensions will take up some garden space so make sure that you are prepared for this before drafting plans and applying for permits.


Although the basement is located below the main home structure and it’s often unnoticeable from the outside, planning and authorization are required before you can build or make modifications. Even something as simple as installing a window may require a permit from the relevant local authorities. Your basement might have been a storage room for many years, but it could be so much more! If you need an extra bedroom, entertainment room, or a den, consider converting your basement in order to save time, space, and money!


Roof extensions are great since you can create a lovely patio area that’s also part of your home. Many homes choose to extend their roofs over a luxurious deck that overlooks the rest of the garden. This is the perfect spot to relax and entertain which means that it will add great value to your home. Just make sure that you don’t extend your roof too much, or you’ll feel like your indoors even when you’re outside.


Adding a garage or even doubling up on your current garage also has its perks. If you have plenty of tools, or you have two vehicles, you may like the idea of parking them inside. During the summer you will protect them from the harsh rays of the sun and your car will be wonderfully cool every time you start up. In the winter, you won’t need to worry about cleaning all that snow off! You simply need to clear your driveway and off you go!


Other freestanding structures like a deck in the middle of your garden will also require planning and the proper paperwork. No matter what kind of home extension you choose, it’s always a good idea to have the plans drafted professionally. Call Acadia Drafting Services at (647) 478-9292 or +1 (855) 561-4392 for your free estimate!

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