Complexities with great rewards

Additions involve all the skills used in new construction—architectural drawings, permitting, framing, electrical, plumbing, heating/air, flooring, and finishing. They are complex projects that will require a lot of your time in the planning phase. But an addition can alter your living space like no other improvement and will last for a lifetime of living in the home.

Consider: build up or out? Second-floor additions can maximize your space while maintaining the home’s same footprint and outdoor space. Building out into an added structure to the home extends floor area, but also increases the home’s footprint, taking up more of the lot, and also altering the home’s shape.

The important factor is blending in the addition so that it looks like an original part of the house, and not something ‘tacked on’. BBC Construction has years of experience with replicating original craftsmanship on older homes and newer homes so that only you know where the addition begins.

Planning thoughts

Additions give you an opportunity to add on features like fireplaces, more closet space, sunrooms, or additional baths and bedrooms, all of which add to the home’s resale value. But additions will involve a lot of time and money. The project will run longer, but, because the work zone is primarily not in rooms you use, it will be less intrusive to your daily functions.

You want to think in terms of function and comfort. Consider even the size of furnishings/ seating or sleeping arrangements so that you don’t under or over size your project.

This is the time to consider energy-efficiency. Insulation, thermal windows, low-consuming lighting, and proper ventilation are investments you want to include. BBC Construction will guide you in your selections of sustainable materials if this is a personal priority for you and your family.

BBC can work within all budgets and levels of complexity to remake your living space into the home you need, both now and into the future.


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