In many cases, the benefits of doing a NJ home addition on your house are obvious. You can avoid the hassle of moving, stay near the neighbors and places you know and love, increase the value of your home, and really get to design the space of your dreams. But once you’ve made the decision to have an experienced design-build firm plan and execute your addition, the next major choice is whether you want to go out or go up. In some cases, the choice is obvious. In others, it comes down to what you, as the home owner, prefer. Here is some more information that will help you decide:
When we say “going out,” that means your NJ home addition will literally add to the footprint of your house’s bottom floor. Obviously, if you don’t have the space on your property, we will cross this option right off the list. But if you do, going out is probably the most common home addition. Often, this involves an expansion of the kitchen, which may be a little too small in older homes. Another common “going out” home addition we’ve been seeing in cities like Chester, Cedar Knolls, Montclair, and other places around New Jersey is adding a new master bedroom. This not only lets you have the master bedroom you’ve always wanted designed from scratch, but also gives you the space in your old master bedroom to use for anything you want. The negatives of “going out” are that your design-build firm will have to install a new foundation under the expansion, and you will also lose some yard space. But you probably won’t have to move out of your house during the renovation process, which is a convenience most homeowners love.
A NJ home addition where you’re “going up” involves adding a new level to your home. This is perfect if you live in a house that doesn’t have much yard space for expansion. Sometimes, this type of home addition can be as simple as creating a master ensuite over your garage or converting your attic into an additional bedroom. But in other cases, homeowners want to create an entire second story to their house. This can be costly, and often requires the homeowner to move out for a while. But if you get the right design-build firm that has a great process, the results can be unbelievable. Sometimes, you can almost double the square footage of your home without taking away any yard space whatsoever!
Our design-build team at KraftMaster Renovations has a ton of experience with both “going out” and “going up” on NJ home additions. To speak with us about your options, please give us a call at 908-517-5581. You can also contact us through our online form. Thanks.