When you are building a house on a particular lot, sometimes you are limited in how large the footprint can be. However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to add more square footage to the home you build. There are a few different options that you can think about that can add square footage and make your home larger than you thought it can be. And when you use those options, you will have room to grow with your family as you move in and enjoy your home.
The first thing you can do to make sure that you have the square footage you need is to build a basement. A basement level can be a great option in many areas, as long as there isn’t a high likelihood of flooding. If that does happen to be the case, you will want to talk to the builder about your options. A basement can be used for a variety of different purposes, and you can divide the space in whatever way works best for you and your family. That could be bedroom space, a living area, or even a dedicated theater or game space.
If you don’t want to build down into the space, or you want even more room to stretch out, you can build an additional story in the upwards direction. Upstairs spaces tend to have more natural light, but they can get a little hotter in the summer months. Additionally, a taller house means your roof repair will be more expensive. However, the benefits of having more space with plenty of natural light can far outweigh the issues with a taller house.
Another option is to extend a second floor sideways over the garage. In some cases this is done to create a separate mother-in-law apartment, but it can also be done to increase living or bedroom spaces. If you choose to go with this route, it is important to make sure that you have sufficient insulation so that you don’t have to deal with ultra hot summers in your expanded space.
When you are building a home, you may as well have enough space to be comfortable and grow over time. Adding in more square footage can be a great way to make that happen. However you add your square footage, make sure you enjoy the home you build for your family.
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