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House Additions

You love where you live, but your house is just too small. Perhaps you need an extra bedroom, or a larger kitchen, or additional living space. Sometimes it's the need for a home office, a studio, a garage or a workshop. Whatever your additional space requirements, it may be time to consider building an addition to your home.

A house addition project requires careful planning and preparation. The house addition must not only meet the space requirements, but it must also integrate seamlessly with the existing house, both aesthetically and structurally. Items such as mechanical connections and services must be considered. Is the existing furnace sufficient to heat the larger space? How will the new duct work and plumbing be connected to the existing? Our goal is to have your house addition flow seamlessly from the existing home into the new space.

There are many types of house additions, and ways of adding an addition or extension to your home:

  • Rear house addition/Back of the house addition
  • Side house addition
  • Front addition
  • Second storey addition/Second floor addition
  • Room above garage
  • Split-level addition
  • In-law addition/accessory apartment

Second Storey Addition

Adding a second storey addition to a house, sometimes referred to as a second floor addition or a bungalow top up, is a good choice when the existing property is too small for a house addition at the back or at the side of the home. It is also a popular choice for homeowners who enjoy their backyards and do not want to lose the backyard space. A 2nd storey addition is usually built on top of a single storey home or a bungalow, although sometimes it may be also built on a split level house, or by adding a room above a garage. Adding a second storey addition to your home usually includes extensive renovations to the main floor - especially in the case of a bungalow. Bedrooms are moved to the new 2nd floor, and the existing main floor bedrooms are usually removed to make space for a larger main floor kitchen, living room and dining room, and sometimes a home office.

Rear House Addition

An addition to the back of the house is a popular choice where the existing house is already a two storey home, or in the case of smaller house additions where perhaps only one room is being added. Sometimes the desire for main floor living, and the avoidance of staircases is the reason space is added to the main level at the back of a bungalow. Adding a room to the house, such as an additional bedrooms, a new family room, or a larger kitchen are the some of the primary uses of back of house additions. An addition to the back of the house reduces backyard space, therefore the homeowner must consider what is important to them before choosing whether to build up, or to the back.

Front House Addition

Older homes have small front entries, with limited closet space, therefore adding a small addition or extention to the front of the house can improve the functionality of the home, as well as the appearance. Adding space to your house at the front entrance can make the home more livable.

Third Floor Additions

Many older homes in the central areas of Toronto are already two storey homes, and are situated on properties that are too small to allow an addition at the back of the home. In this case, a 3rd floor addition may be an option to create additional space.

Design + Build

Adding an addition to your home can create the additional space you require, and allow your family to remain in the neighbourhood you prefer. Inspire Homes designs and builds home additions. We start by letting you talk: about your needs, your budget, and your house addition ideas. We then create a house addition plan that is customized to your home and your needs. The cost of a house addition will depend on many factors: size, design, finishes and site conditions.

Inspire Homes builds house additions in the Greater Toronto Area, including Toronto, Etobicoke, North York, East York, Scarborough, Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Oakville, Woodbridge, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Aurora, Newmarket, Markham, Halton Region, and Durham Region. Occasionally we venture outside of these areas, so give us a call even if you're outside of these areas and we will see if we can accommodate your house addition project.

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