Which is Better, Building Up or Out?

Did you buy a small home in the neighborhood you love and can’t bear to leave? Are you starting to feel cramped in your one-story house? Don’t worry! You have a few options that will help. You can build up by adding on a second story, or you can build out by putting on an addition. It is always wise to consider the cost in this decision, as well as the nature of your needs.

What Kind of Space Do You Need?

When making these decisions, it’s always wise to take your family’s needs into consideration. Is your family getting bigger, creating a need for more bedrooms and bathrooms?  In that case, building up would be a good idea.  Then again, if you’re just looking for extra space, like a playroom or den, you might want to consider an addition.  Generally, it is less expensive to build up than out.  However, that’s just the construction end of things. That doesn’t take into consideration the fact that you will most likely have to relocate until the construction is finished.  

Second Story

Adding a second story to your ranch is a great way to add more space to your home while increasing the value of your home.


When you need a little more space for kids toys and space for them to play.  Building an addition onto the back of the house may be what you need.

Home Office

Working from home and the kitchen table isn’t cutting it any longer?  Adding an addition to the back of the house for your home office would be a great solution.


Adding a sunroom is a great way to extend your living space.  Add heating to your sunroom to use all year long or make it a three seasons room.

Attic Conversion 

Most older homes were built with A Framed roofs and loads of available height making an attic conversion pretty straightforward.

Basement Renovation

Finishing your basement is a great way to add more space to your house without having to add on a whole new addition.  Depending on the layout down below you can add an extra bedroom and bathroom for additional living space.


When it comes to creating more space in your home, you really do have several options.  Ultimately, you’re going to want to create space and increase the value of your home.  You’re never going to get a 100% return on your investment.  However, with a 75% return and years of enjoyment in your home  I’d say that’s a win!

If you have any questions or would like to discuss building up or out, contact us today!

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