4 Types Of Home Additions From Build-Ups to Bump-Outs

Living in a great location and neighborhood is one of the top reasons why homebuyers decide to remodel instead of move. While your current home may no longer meet the needs of your family, the thought of packing up and moving out may sound like too much of a commitment. Rather than finding a new home, adding on to your house can provide your family with the functionality and space you’re looking for.
Depending on your unique needs and goals, there are several different types of home additions to consider, including the following:

1. Traditional Home Additions

Building house additions typically involves knocking down an exterior wall and building off of your existing architectural structure. If you’re looking to add multiple rooms and spaces to your home, a traditional home addition could allow you to expand the square footage.

  • Multi-room additions are typically one of the most expensive types of home additions, however, as they involve the installation of new systems (i.e. plumbing, HVAC, electrical, etc.), roofing, and foundational work. According to HGTV, “Unless you’re building up or bumping out, every addition requires some sort of masonry foundation dug down below the frost line.”

2. Bump-Out Additions or Micro Additions

For some homeowners, traditional home additions may be more than they need, or more than their budget may allow. Bump-out additions can provide a huge impact on expanding your space without as much upfront costs, since the addition size is smaller and requires less materials. House bump outs allow you to target a certain area of your home that would benefit from having more space.

  • Think of bump-out additions as extensions of an existing room. As with all additions, bump-out additions will require its own roofing system that seamlessly attaches to the side of your home. Dreaming of a larger kitchen where you can entertain? A kitchen bump-out may provide you with extra space for wine storage, an additional prep area, or cozy seating around an island.

3. Second-Story Additions

If building out isn’t a viable or appropriate option for you, you may want to consider a second-story addition. This type of building-up home addition allows you to utilize vertical dimensions without compromising yard space.

  • Have you been dreaming of a relaxing owners’ suite or do you feel like your family is bursting at the seams of the home? A second-story addition could offer the solution to providing more functional space, such as additional bedroom(s) and bathroom(s). While building up can save homeowners some of the costs of adding on to houses, such as eliminating the need for pouring new foundation, etc., there are unique factors, costs, and expectations to consider with second-story additions.

4. Conversion Additions

Additions don’t always refer to building onto a house. If you have an underutilized or unfinished space, such as a garage, basement, or attic, you may desire a conversion addition. Depending on the unique space and your transformation goal, this type of home addition may require installation of other systems, insulation, drywall, etc.

  • If you’re looking to convert your garage into an in-law suite, you may require new foundation work, plumbing, etc. in order to provide a separate functional kitchenette and bathroom. Certain conversion additions may provide ample space for your transformation goals; however, according to The Spruce, they can also be challenging to create a design aesthetic that effortlessly blends with the rest of the home.

Which Type of Home Addition is Right for You?

Determining which type of home addition to consider for you and your family can depend on a variety of factors, including the following:

  • Local zoning laws and building regulations
  • Budget
  • Lot size
  • Your unique renovation goals and needs
  • Condition of foundation
  • Neighborhood aesthetic

Trying to identify whether you should build up, build out, or bump out? Discuss your needs and goals with a trusted home-renovation company that can give you a more accurate representation of which home additions are viable options for you, your home, and your budget.

Trust the Minnesota Home-Remodeling Industry Leaders

Taking on any type of home addition can sound challenging. At Gonyea Transformations, we make it our mission to serve as your trusted guide for all your home renovation and transformation needs, and we’re always committed to providing you with an outstanding home-remodeling experience that’s built on transparency, superior customer service, and quality craftsmanship.
Our unique stress-free remodeling process begins with an in-home consultation where we learn more about your family and home and discover how adding on to your house will help you achieve your goals, allowing us to create a unique plan for your house addition that’ll add more functionality and more space.
Considering building onto your house with a kitchen bump-out, traditional home addition, or second-story addition? Contact the home-remodeling experts at Gonyea Transformations to get the conversation started.
We look forward to helping you enhance your home to better meet your family’s evolving needs and lifestyle!