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Building Up or Out: Pros and Cons of These Different Home Additions


One thing is certain: you need more space in your Lancaster, PA home. It may be that your family has outgrown your current space or it may be that you’re planning to sell and want to drastically boost the value of your home. Regardless, you need to add space in a big way. The question is whether to add that space up — by making a second or third floor to your home — or to add it out, by breaking down walls and building extra rooms. In today’s blog, let’s talk about the pros and cons of both so you can decide which is the best for you.

Pros and Cons of Building Up

Often, couples buy one story homes before they start their family, but after a few kids, they find themselves wanting more space. It might also be that they picked up a hobby and decided they wanted a studio in which to work. In these cases, some homeowners might want to build a second story. Here are some of the pros and cons of doing so:

  • Pro: Your Yard. If you love the flowerbed against the walls of your home, you won’t have to worry about that being disrupted by this home addition. You’re still adding space to your home, but the outdoor space will remain unaffected.
  • Con: Cost. Elevated remodeling work is more intensive, so you’re more likely to have to pay more for labor. It might also be more space to add a second story to your home than to add a room to the ground floor, which could make for higher costs. And at the very least, you’ll have to factor in the cost of stairs.
  • Pro: Better View. You’ll be able to see more from a second story window than you would from the ground floor. If you want to look out on the park nearby or over the nearby houses from your study, a second story addition is a great choice.
  • Con: Local Codes. Some towns limit the height of houses, so you’ll want to check any local codes to make sure before you get started. Your remodeling professionals will be able to let you know if that’s the case.

Pros and Cons of Building Out

In some cases, a second story isn’t necessary or you prefer first story homes. In these cases, you might prefer a room addition to your existing space. Here again, there are a number of benefits to this option, as well as drawbacks depending on what you want.

  • Pro: Less Disruption. Any home addition is going to be quite a bit of work, but a room being added to your existing home is easy to avoid, whereas a second story being added is near impossible.
  • Con: Your Yard. Again, if you have a thriving flowerbed or vegetable garden right next to your home, that’s going to be disturbed depending on where you expand your space. If you like having a sizable yard, this will cut into that.
  • Pro: Sunroom. Sunrooms are popular first floor home additions, allowing the room to be completely lit by sunlight during the day. They’re a perfect place to sip your coffee in the morning or read on a lazy day.
  • Con: Added Foundation. If you expand the ground floor of your home, you’ll also want to expand the foundation to be sure that it’s supportive, which is added work.

Which home addition is the best choice for you? Contact MBC Remodeling today to talk about your vision for your home or to schedule a free consultation.


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