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Adding Space to Your Home…Should You Build Up or Out?

Love your location and neighborhood but simply outgrowing your current space? Maybe you just had a baby or have aging parents moving in. Don’t despair…you may not have to call the realtor after all. Adding space to your home may be the way to go. Depending on your house and lot, you can build up, out, or maximize currently unused or underused space in your home.

Second Story Additions

Second story additions can be a great option for ramblers and other one-story homes. As the name suggests, a second story addition is simply adding a floor on top of the current home. The addition of a second floor often allows for bedrooms, bathrooms and even home offices and exercise rooms to move upstairs. This leaves the first floor to house the main living areas such as the kitchen, great room, living room, dining room, and mudroom.

Bump Outs

If your lot allows, bumping out the back or side of your home can be a great option. This can give you more living space on either the upper or lower level of your home or even both. A bump out gives options to increase the size of current rooms, add rooms, or even open up floor plans creating a better flow throughout the home.


Maybe you have space in your home that is underutilized. Basements, attics and even garages can often be hidden gems for providing highly functional space if designed properly. These areas can be converted into places to entertain, such as a game room or home theater; or a workout space, home office, playroom, extra bedrooms, or even an in-law or au pair suite.

Start by talking with one of our designers about your current situation and future needs. They will help guide you in the right direction so together you can determine the best solution for you and your family!