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changing-the-architectural-design-of-your-home-to-include-a-second-floor-great-falls-vaHome additions create space where there is none. When your family has outgrown the home but you cannot see leaving the area where the children are growing up and going to school just to buy a new house, adding on to the structure makes sense.

While some folks build out, we have found that changing the architectural design of your home to include a second floor instead actually has quite a few benefits.

  • Double your square footage (almost). When you build out, the square footage you have left on your property limits you. When you build up, you place another floor on top of the existing one.
  • Add multiple rooms. When you need additional bedrooms, bathrooms, a home office and a laundry room, it makes sense to go for the increase in square footage the second floor provides. Building out usually only allows you to increase the size of some of your rooms or maybe add one or two.
  • Keep your backyard. The kids love to play soccer on the lawn. You enjoy the well-deserved glass of ice-cold lemonade on a Saturday afternoon in the backyard. When you build out, you lose a great amount of yard space. Whereas in the past you may have had a nice backyard, a ground-level room addition may cut this down to a patio-sized space.
  • Avoid problems with the zoning department. Depending on your area, the zoning department regulates the set backs you must maintain on the sides and the space you must keep between your structure and the property line. In some cases, this may interfere with your need for additional space when choosing the ground floor addition.
  • Keep your options open. When you leave your backyard space untouched, you have the future option of adding a pool or a guest cottage.

The experts at Natelli Homes know that changing the architectural design of your home is something that takes careful planning and a lot of consideration. We work with you to help you make the decision that is right for you and your family now – and in the future. Contact us today for more information on second floor home additions and other remodeling projects.


edf4c001-9f6a-44e8-a590-3635d1ac1641You've been planning it for what seems like years. You have all of the current home design magazines. You visit websites for the latest and greatest architectural design ideas. You've been saving and have finally amassed the budget. But you really aren't ready to add that addition until you answer the following questions.

1. If you were starting new, how would you design your house?

Don't get mired in the details, simply think about a clean slate. What would you do differently? Oftentimes people can't see the forest for the trees, and in this case your house may be causing you not to be able to truly visualize your dream addition. Remove the obvious to find exaltation. 

2. How much value will your new addition add to your home?

It should be on your mind the moment you considered the addition. Even if you are planning on living in your current home for a very long time, the idea of a resale should always be considered (not to mention refinance or lines of credit). Don't consider it as if your new addition will be profitable, you just need to keep in mind a realistic payback amount.

3. Have you gone over all of the zoning restrictions? 

Depending on where you live, the township, municipality, city, etc., will have limitations on your building rights. There may be restrictions on the distance from the street your addition can be. A limit on how much of your lot can be covered with impermeable materials (like concrete and and structures), and so on. Inquire at your area's building department before beginning construction.

4. Will the addition fit well with your current design scheme?

You've probably planned it, but have you considered how your fresh addition will look when it's attached to your existing home? Adding an addition requires finesse (and the help from professionals) to make it look a part of the house, and not like it was tacked on. Not to mention the interior issues of utilities, heating, and windows, as well as a fluid design that makes sense aesthetically. 

5. How much are you planning to spend?

The only real way to get an accurate cost budget is to talk to a professional in the field. A large addition can be quite pricey, so you'll want to have at the very least an estimate as to the overall budget you'll need. Click here to get 2014s cost versus value report for your area. 

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