Tips to Ensure Your Home Addition Blends Seamlessly With Your Home
Home additions can be extremely complex projects, whether you are building out or upwards. Consider these essential tips when planning a new space.
Start with the Foundation
Behind every home, addition will be a strong foundation, and it is vital to match the floor and roof lines and elevations. It is important to make sure the foundation is deep enough to be below the frost depth. The depth requirements, however, will differ from region to region depending on the weather. Building above the frost depth causes shifting and will eventually result in foundation issues.
Match the Exterior Finishes
Always begin with the roof and work your way down. Your room addition must match every detail of the original home, that includes the trim work, windows, doors, siding, hardware, and paint colors. If you live in a historical home, matching the exact finishes can be challenging, especially if some of the features are no longer made. A home addition doesn’t have to match exactly; however, the design should always be complementary to the following:
- The roof—The roof on your addition must match the roofline on the pre-existing home. This means mimicking its pitch, soffits, overhang, eave depth, spacing, and rafter size. It also means you will need to consider an entirely new roof. As the older shingles on the existing home could be faded, making it difficult to match.
- The siding and other finishes—Watch out for the siding colors; if your existing siding has started to fade, then it will not match the new siding. Having the same color and style of trim will go a long way toward tying the two buildings together. If you have brick or stone exteriors, these materials will be harder to replace; however, there are a few creative ways to mix and match finishes.
If you would like to make an appointment with our home additions team, please contact Vasa Construction LLC at (206) 201-0325 now if you live in the Seattle, WA region.