As a household grows, with changing needs, you may start to think about expanding your home. This can be an exciting project that will almost seem like buying a new house.

But to prepare for your add-on — and make it a tasteful, well-designed addition for extra living space — keep these tips in mind.

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Seek an architect’s advice on the best location for your home’s addition. (DepositPhotos)

1. Designate the Building Area

Seek a county engineer, city planner or architect’s advice to determine the best type of structure for your property and its location.

Assuming it will be adjoined to your current home — as opposed to being a stand-alone shed or office — the new construction will need to adhere seamlessly to your original house.

Make sure the design flows smoothly and continues the home’s structural framework.

You also need to decide the best place to arrange the new expansion, whether as a side, rear or front addition, and ensure it does not disrupt the function of existing areas.

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Surface preparation is necessary before adding on to your home. Hire someone to excavate soil before laying the foundation. (DepositPhotos)

2. Prepare the Ground

Find out if the open property on which you plan to build is strong enough to support the new structure.

You may need to excavate rocky soil or establish slope stabilization to get the ground even, stable and solid before construction begins.

The first step will be to remove tree trunks, boulders, branches and other types of debris to clear the area.

Then the building site can be solidified for the new addition.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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