7 Home Additions That Build Up vs. Build Out


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What is one way to build a home up rather than out?

To help you build your home up rather than out, we asked business leaders and homeowners this question for their best tips. From raising the ceiling height to home entertainment systems, there are several tips that may help you build your home up rather than out. 

Here are seven tips for building your house up rather than out: 

  • Residential Elevators
  • Raise The Ceiling Height 
  • Don’t Forget The Basement
  • Expand Existing Top Floors
  • Play And Craft Room
  • Home Entertainment System
  • Existing Attic Or Crawlspace

Residential Elevators

We have more than 35 years of experience in helping homeowners install residential elevators. A home elevator enables a homeowner to build up rather than out and proactively addresses future mobility challenges that come with stairs. For any homeowner planning a new home or remodel, a home elevator is one practical way to travel between floors and move freely in a house that goes up instead of out.  

Andy Newstrom, Arrow Lift

Raise The Ceiling Height 

Raising the ceilings into attic space has been a popular remodel idea in our neighborhood. All the single-story homes were built in the 50s, and as my five year old would say, the ceiling height makes our home feel “squished.” By raising the ceiling height into the attic, which is unused by our family and most neighbors, a home can claim more space without sacrificing the barrier between the roof and insulating areas that help maintain a comfortable temperature in living spaces. 

Brett Farmiloe, Markitors

Don’t Forget The Basement

Most households use the basement as a storage place, which you only visit once or twice monthly. Well, you could convert your basement into an entertainment room or a personal theater. It would add a lot of livable square footage for your home and increase your house value.

Jill Sandy, Constant Delights

Expand Existing Top Floors

There are several ways that you can add space to your house by building up, but there’s one home addition I’d recommend: You can expand an existing top floor by installing large dormers in a pitched roof to gain useful living space. You can also add additional living space above an existing garage, porch, sunroom, or other one-story wings. You just need to ask your contractor to beef up the existing foundation and wall structure under the new space to ensure that it can support the extra weight.

Anton Konopliov, Palma Violets Loans

Play And Craft Room

A great idea to expand the house up is to build a leisure room that will allow kids to play or adults to engage in hobbies like painting or playing instruments. The remote location wouldn’t make it a nuisance for other housemates. Simultaneously, it may function well despite the inclined ceiling and without the need for continuous heating, making it an economical solution.

Rebeca Sena, GetSpace.Digital

Home Entertainment System

If you want to build your home up, definitely consider installing a magnificent home entertainment system. A home is hardly ever complete without a great home entertainment system. Even classical literature depicts this fact. Think about John Cheever’s story, The Enormous Radio, and George Orwell’s 1984. Soundbars and surround sounds defined the homes of the principal characters in a significant way. In the age of the internet and lockdowns, a home can feel bare and inadequate if there isn’t a good home entertainment system to build the home, so to speak. It’s the age of movie streaming, and how can one enjoy a cinematic flick without a great sound system?

Chiziterem Chijioke, Enclave Audio

Existing Attic or Crawlspace

One home addition you can use is to take advantage of any existing attic or crawlspace. This area in homes is often neglected but has so much potential. There was a rising trend that added these nook and activity rooms in stairwells and attics that help build a home up and makes your home more unique.

Loren Howard, Prime Plus Mortgages

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