Are you finally planning that long-awaited home addition? Then consider the following eight design concepts from Sage Builders LLC:
- Use different materials: If your home has older siding or brick, don’t try to match it. Find new materials, maybe with more sustainable manufacturing methods. As long as the addition has the same materials throughout, it will tie into the whole house fine.
- Go small: You don’t need to have a huge addition to make a huge impact. A small structure can go a long way in adding a new look.
- Go big: Of course, you don’t have to go small. If you have the space to completely express yourself, go for it.
- Stretch things out: If you have a large site to work with, build out, rather than up. This has the advantage of creating a large interior space, without looking massive and imposing on the outside.
- Get taller: If your home is already at the limits of the site, building a second story, or raising the roof to accommodate larger rooms on the second floor is the way to go.
- Keep scale in mind: When adding on, don’t neglect the original house design. Perhaps a double-gabled roof would be better than a single gable taller than your existing roof.
- Use your yard: No matter the size of your site, connecting your home to the yard will yield new possibilities. An area to entertain outside, rather than just a back door, may be more useful long-term.
- Jewel box: If you’d like to tie everything into your yard, but want to remain indoors during the Boston winters, create a four-seasons room.
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