Additions

There are a lot of ways to put an addition on your house.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, If my Dad hadn’t connected us to an architect and we had been able to get a building permit, we might have asked a contractor to go ahead and do a quick and cheap ‘pimple’ on the side of the house. That pimple would have contained a nice new bathroom and master closet and resolved the foundation issues in the basement.

It wouldn’t be too expensive so we could have financed it by re-negotiating our mortgage.

It could have been completed in a conservative 6 months.

Tempting.

It might have looked something like these additions you can find around our Hammond neighbourhood. I don’t have any criticism to offer these homeowners. I don’t know who lives in these houses but they are my neighbours and “friends I haven’t met yet.”

Shed addition on the side. Our addition would have been trickier because the roofline runs the other way.
Shed addition on the side. Our addition would have been trickier because the roofline runs the other way.
Two additions: one shed addition on the right side and another addition at the back.
Two additions: one shed addition on the right side and another addition at the back.

Take it all the way and we could follow this example. The original house must be on the right with the addition taller. A halfway option between "tear down and build new" and "renovate and expand".
Take it all the way and we could follow this example. That must be the original house on the right with the addition taller on the left. A halfway option between “tear down and build new” and “renovate and expand”.

This last one has the new addition in the same position as we considered on our house. We were wondering how to handle the roof when we changed tactics. With the roof sloping back and the addition on the side, we wouldn’t be able to put a simple shed roof on the addition without it looking very weird.

A little further down that line of thinking and we could have ended up with a two story addition like the one above.

 

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James Rowley

James lives in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada with his amazing partner, Leanne Koehn, and their two amazing kids in their beautiful house. He studied Science and English Literature at the University of British Columbia where he met Leanne. He also studied acting for a while at Studio 58 in Vancouver. He works as a teacher of English and curriculum writer for new Canadians.

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