Homeowners decide to add onto their homes for a variety of reasons. A small kitchen can become impractical for a growing family; spaces like offices, libraries, and studies are often sacrificed when a couple becomes pregnant and needs a nursery; and some homeowners even build entire apartment additions in order to house in-laws or rent-paying tenants. Whatever’s motivating your home addition project, consider the following when choosing a location for your addition:

To Build Up Or To Build Out

Many homeowners imagine a room jutting out off of the existing structure when they think about home additions, but building up is also an option. One of the first things you need to consider is if you want your new space on the ground floor or on an upper level. This will depend on the type of space you are adding and the reason you’ve decided to do so. For example, a new kitchen should probably be built out from the main level, but a new bedroom can be built out or up. If you want to build out, you’ll need to consider where your lot’s boundaries are, how much lawn space you’re willing to sacrifice, etc.; if you’re building up, you’ll need to ensure that the existing structure can support the addition.

Privacy And Views

It’s important to consider lines of sight when deciding where to place your home additions. On the one hand, you don’t want to be building out your new master suite directly in front of your neighbor’s window. On the other hand, you might not be able to see your property’s beautiful view if you built it out from the other side of the house. Although it may result in a compromise, you should take into account the positioning of your neighbors’ windows as well as any views from your property that you want to preserve.

To learn more about choosing the best location for your home addition, see part two. To get started as soon as possible, contact Home Services Direct. We are experienced home remodeling professionals serving Chicago, and we look forward to having the opportunity to work with you on your home addition project.