Planning a Home Addition: 4 Things to Consider

Home addition, viewed from inside
A home’s addition should include the same architectural elements, such as window shapes, as the existing house. (DepositPhotos)

3. Match New and Existing Designs

In addition to preparing the ground and soil areas for building, you may need a blueprint to orchestrate cohesion between the current home and your planned expansion.

If your current residence is a colonial-style home, your addition should naturally follow suit. The new section should smoothly integrate with the existing structure so that casual observers would never guess that a home extension had been added.

Use the same windows, siding and door designs as you have on your original home.

Landscaping in front of home
The addition’s landscaping should match existing flowers and hedges. (DepositPhotos)

4. Update Your Landscaping

When the expansion is well under way or finished, you might want to add new landscaping. This should match other landscaped areas of your property unless you plan to redo the entire lawn and garden areas.

While you can add new flowers and shrubs, avoid greenery that differs noticeably from your other landscaped areas.

Crape Myrtle tree
Many people enjoy the pink flowers from a Crape Myrtle tree — consider planting one near the home’s addition, but only if it would match the existing structure’s landscaping.

Building an extension to your current home is an exciting project that will add more room for your family’s growing and changing needs.

Follow steps like these to make sure everything falls into place and complies with local property rules so that your home looks better than ever while providing additional safe, comfortable living space.


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