Matching Your New Addition to Your Home

There are only two options that you have when you are all out of space in your home. You can either move or add on extra rooms. While both can quickly become stressful, exhausting and expensive, at the end of the day, there are only three factors to consider. Those are location, location, and location. It is because of this that many decide to stay in their current home and simply add an addition.

While it may sound easy when you say it out loud, 'I'll just add another room onto my house'; it is actually much more challenging to expand the square footage of your home. In fact, choosing your home addition style is very important. The worst possible result is to have some enormous, alien-looking addition that doesn't fit with anything added to your home. To make it look like your addition has always been there, it takes dedication, attention to detail and lots of skill.

This is what it is going to take to make sure that the exterior and interior of your new addition look like they actually belong. So before you put an addition to your home check out these tips.

Match the Outside

If your house isn't brand new, it may be tough to match the outside with the new addition, especially if there is a distinctive weathered look. The best thing you can do is to talk with your contractor to figure out what your options are. However, this isn't always the case. If your house uses siding, matching it may be much easier than brick or stonework. Here are some things to keep in mind to make sure you get the best match possible:

  • • Take note of the color of the stonework or siding
  • • What size are the bricks, stones or siding panels?
  • • Be aware of the roofline – never raise the roofline, it looks weird
  • • What is the pitch of the roof?
  • • What are the styles and colors of the downspouts and gutters?
  • • Are there any ornate details or special woodwork?
  • • Keep the landscaping in mind
  • • The individual elements and overall proportions of the house

If a seamless addition is what you are looking for, then these are the things that you have to ask before adding to your home. If you are like anybody else, you want to get the most space and use out of your new addition. But don't let that blind you from considering what the new addition will look like from the street and what it will do to your curb appeal.

By having a monster of an addition shooting up over your original home is essentially a sure fire way to drive the value of your home into the ground. Which, if you are one of the people who is planning on selling your home in the future, a monstrosity of a home addition will surely scare away any potential buyers before they see how cool the addition really is.