Building a home addition is a big commitment and a very worthwhile investment into your home. If you need more living space for your growing family building a new home addition can often be less stressful then selling your home and moving into a new one that is more suitable. If you can make your current home suitable, it's usually a better option and also increases the value of your home which can help offset the cost when you eventually do decide to sell.
If more living or storage space is what you need then a home addition is the best way. If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a large unfinished attic or basement that you can remodel for the extra space then building an addition on your property is really going to be your only option.
There are different types of additions that can be added onto a Wake County home. Your new home addition could be as simple as creating a little more space off a single room, a larger bedroom for example. Or it could be as complex as building out an additional 1100 sq ft or more of new space complete with a bathroom or a kitchen.
Home additions are generally one of the more expensive home improvement projects because of all the engineering and work involved but they do offer a great return in the increased property value and the additional space and use you’ll get out of your home.
In the case of a rental addition or rental suite, it’s also possible for the addition to pay for itself in a few short years if you can find a steady tenant. Many North Carolina homeowners are going this route with a “mortgage helper” suite.
No matter which option you decide to go with for your home addition there is going to be the entire collection of trades working on your home. Framing, electrical, plumbing and HVAC, roofing and siding are all services you’re going to require at some point during the project.
This is where many homeowners would agree that working with a local professional contractor who specializes in home additions is their best option.
Building Home Additions in Wake County NC
Single Room Addition or Expansion Or "Bonus Room"
Not quite as small as a bump out, not quite as big as a full blown home addition, a room addition or "bonus room" will simply add-a-room or expand the space in an existing one. Often the addition will be for a living room, family room or an additional bedroom or sometimes even a home office to run a home based business. Plumbing may or may not be required, electrical work most certainly will, as well as exterior trades such as roofing and siding.
Room “Bump Out” Addition
This is just a very small addition to a single room in your home. Maybe you’d like to have a small eating nook off your kitchen, or a little more space in a bedroom, maybe you want a bigger bathroom?. This is where a bump out room addition could be an option for you. Adding anywhere from 50 – 150 additional square feet to a section of your home. If you only need a tiny bit of extra space, then a room bump out is a good option.
Attics are offer a wealth of opportunity for the family that is looking for more space. We've converted attics into bedrooms, storage spaces, and bonus rooms. Your attic already has walls and a roof, and electrical so it's often a more desirable option than a home addition if you have an attic that is large enough to convert into usable space.
Whole Home Addition
Whole home additions are much larger in scale than your room addition. An entire home addition is essentially that, building a “mini home” onto your existing one. Often whole home additions will include a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and are often designed as a separate living space. These projects are much larger in scope and scale and will require the services of a competent building contractor who can manage and organize all of the sub-trades through to completion. Your whole home addition might require foundation work to be done, will require plumbing, electrical, drywall, painting, HVAC, roofing and siding. If you have the need for more space adding an additional 1000+ sq ft to your home is a possibility.
Building A 2nd Story Addition
Often the only option for homeowners with a cramped city lot is to build "up". This can be one of the most complex home addition projects but with the help of an architect, a structural engineer and a good contractor it’s definitely a possibility.
Your local bylaws and building codes will ultimately determine how feasible this project is going to be for your particular property. Don't get discouraged; contractors work through the red-tape all the time and can help you make sense of the situation. This type of addition can literally double your living space.
Converting Your Garage Into Living Space
If you have a garage you’re not really using (it’s just full of junk) then you also have the possibility of converting this into new living space. Often wiring is already in place and plumbing not that far off. There is already a roof and at least 3 walls so for addition potential, the garage has a lot going for it.
There are downsides however… Where you will park your car? or any toys you might have like a boat or a motorcycle? If you have an alternate safe storage facility then it’s not a problem. Another point to keep in mind is that converted garages are usually not the most popular option for home buyers (they usually want the garage), so if you plan to sell you might want to avoid this.
How Much Will It Cost To Build an Addition On My Wake County Home?
This is probably the most important question any homeowner has about their upcoming home addition. “What’s it going to cost!”. That’s a really hard figure to give out over the Internet. To give you a very rough idea on construction costs you could expect to pay anywhere from $100-$200 per square foot of “finished” space. Finished space includes a completely finished space, everything from floor to ceiling and everything in between.
That’s a big spread on price but it’s going to depend on what you’re actually doing and what materials you’re using and other complications or special circumstances your project may require. It’s best to ask a professional building contractor like Branch Home Improvement LLC to provide you with a formal written estimate after a thorough inspection of your project.
For examples sake, let’s say you’d like a larger master bedroom and you want to add 150 square feet of new space. If we assume you’re choosing mid-range priced materials we can safely say a rough cost of approximately $150 per square foot finished. So 150 x $150.00 is $22,500. You’re new 150 square feet of new space could cost $22,500 to add onto your home. This is just a rough ballpark (and not accurate) to your project but it can prepare you for the actual cost of a home addition. Your situation will likely be different.
Do You Want Build A Home Addition In Wake County, NC?
Branch Home Improvement LLC is a local home remodeling contractor based out of Holly Springs, NC. We specialize in home addition projects of all sizes. Whether you'd like to add a new bonus room, or an entirely new living space our team can help you make sense of it all.
If you'd like to receive an estimate for your home addition project give us a call (919) 995-632 or fill out our online contact form and we'll get right back to you.