When it comes to having more space in your home for big new changes in your life, like having kids or a partner moving in, you don’t always have to move out of the home you love. With additions, a home can have enough space for the whole family, or an extra room or two for a gym or work space. There are so many options when it comes to what can be done with an addition or renovation to your home, that it can be impossible to find the inspiration for what you really want or become overwhelmed by the possibilities.

If the idea of an addition sounds appealing to you, stop and think about what your home needs. Do you want more space in general, or a new foundation to build on to suit your present and future needs? Have you considered what the additions or extensions will be used for? If you’re scratching your head trying to think about the details, here are some innovative home addition ideas to consider for your house.

Add a Second Story

A second-storey addition for your home can grant you a massive amount of new spaces and opportunities to guest rooms, kids rooms, lounges and more without having to move houses. Like many additions, adding a second storey to the home will increase its value if the house is put back on the market.

A second storey addition to your home can be a completely new level that matches the size of the ground floor, or smaller extensions like a room above the garage. The following are some of the types of second storey additions that can be installed into your home:

  • Complete/ Traditional Second Storey Additions: A traditional or complete second storey addition means that the entire second storey will completely match the floor below in size and scale. There will be full space for more than one room or addition, however, a traditional second-storey addition would first need to be assessed as a viable option, as the property must have a strong foundation that can handle the weight of an extra floor.
  • Partial Second Storey Additions: A partial second storey addition is an extra space added on top of the ground level that is smaller or less extensive than a complete second storey addition. A partial addition can be used if a full second storey isn’t feasible or the house can’t support it, if it’s more appropriate for the budget, or if the homeowner feels they only need a little more space. 
  • Split Level Additions: If you live in a split-level home it may seem tricky or impossible to add an entire second level to a house with slanted roofs, staggered levels, or pre existing staircases, but an entire second storey addition to your home is still possible. A split-level addition will require a reliable and experienced builder to not only install but also to determine if the house as it is can support a new storey.
  • Over-Garage Additions: An over-garage addition describes home additions that are placed over the garage, which is often built separately and can sustain an addition on top of it without compromising structure. 
  • Modular Additions: A modular addition is a pre-made structure that can be placed on top of a first storey and then built to support itself. Modular additions are perfect for homeowners who would like a complete second storey but the current foundation of the first floor is not strong enough to support an entire floor. 

Are you looking to add ground extensions or second storey additions to your home? Reach out to us today and let’s talk about your plans for your dream home. 

Add a Ground Floor Extension

A ground floor extension can be more costly than a second storey addition, but ground extensions are more convenient, without having to worry about weight or transferring heavy and delicate equipment up the stairs. When a ground floor extension is installed by a qualified professional, it gives a homeowner more space to exercise, work, or practise a new hobby, and can also add to the total value of the house should the property ever be sold off. 

The following are some ideas for what you can do with a ground floor extension:

  • Gym Installation: Save money on gym memberships and enjoy brisk jog during winter and rain. A gym addition is best done as a ground floor extension because of the weight of the equipment, which will be difficult to move to a second story and will be more secure on the ground floor. 
  • New Office Space: Create the perfect space to sit and focus without any distractions in a brand new office space. An office space on the ground floor means that office supplies and important features the room may need, like a solid internet connection, can be more easily reached and installed.
  • Children’s Playroom: Keep all your kid’s toys in one area, safe on the ground floor, and close to the lounge or the kitchen so you always know where they are and can easily reach them. With a first floor addition like a children’s playroom, you can give your kids their own space to explore and be creative.
  • Hobby Studio: With ground floor extensions, you can finally have a space to practise your new salsa moves, or maybe even a new studio to set up an easel and start painting. With a hobby studio, you can practise your latest obsession in the safety, peace, and comfort of your own home. 
  • Guest Room: If you’ve found that your friends or relatives constantly need a place to stay when they come over and visit you, or you’d like to provide a new level of comfort for your guests as well as add a convenient new bedroom to your home, a guest room could be perfect for all of your needs. 

Install A Kitchen Pantry Extension

Unless you would like to install an outdoor kitchen for a new patio of alfresco area, a home typically only needs one kitchen, but more storage space for your food and drinks can make your kitchen more convenient than ever before, and may even help you save more money by letting you store more products for longer. A kitchen pantry can also help you manage and categorise your produce much more easily. 

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