Are you planning to expand your home? If you answered yes, then you got two options. First, you can build up, right above your existing rooms. Next, you can build out and expand your home’s footprint. Depending on your circumstances, one of these options will be better for you, so which one is it?
This option involves adding additions directly on top of your home. It could be a series of new bedrooms, expanding the attic space via dormers or even something like an open-air rooftop where you can hang out. These additions require making changes to your roof system and making sure your new second floor is strong enough to support the weight of your additions.
When to Build Up
Building up is your best (and sometimes only) option if you can’t afford to expand your home’s current footprint. This usually happens in homes with limited lot space or if the surrounding lot is uneven and requires extensive grading and laying new foundations.
Building out is all about increasing your home’s footprint. Most of the additions you can have in your home with building up is also great for building out. However, unlike with building up, this project almost always involves tearing down parts of your home’s exterior wall to make way for the addition. Also, your new additions are no longer limited by your home’s current footprint, but the amount of available space within your property.
When to Build Out
Building out is a good option for homes with enough free land area. It’s also ideal if you have a roof made of high-end materials since building up would involve tearing parts of it down. At least with building out, most of the changes made by the roofing company would be minor or just an extension of your current roofing system.
Jeff Woods Construction is the most trusted roofing and home exterior contractor in Crossville and other areas in Tennessee. You can call us at (931) 787-9107 or fill out this contact form to request a quote.