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Homeowners throughout the Ottawa area, from Kanata to Orleans and downtown to Barrhaven are looking to add more space to their homes. Some choose to build a home addition in order to achieve this goal, while others are tearing down the existing home entirely to make space for a custom home. If you are grappling with the same dilemma, here are some factors to consider before you make the choice:

The Foundation and Basement

The condition of your existing foundation and basement is one of the most important factors that you will need to consider when choosing between a home addition or custom home. Is the foundation in excellent condition, or are there cracks? Is the basement fully dry and safe, or is there a water issue, dampness, or musty smell? Are the ceilings high enough?

If the foundation is in excellent condition and the basement shows no warning signs, then your contractor will likely advise going ahead with a home addition. If the basement needs to exterior waterproofing or the home needs foundation underpinning, these are both very expensive and intensive undertakings. In such cases, tearing it down and building a safe and stable new foundation for a custom home may be the solution.

What is the Extent of the Renovation?

If the renovation consists of adding a second storey and the basement and foundation can support the weight of the changes, then proceeding with a home addition is the best option. If the project is much larger and significant structural modifications are in order, then it may be advisable to look at building a custom home.

If the renovations are so extensive that you would be expending a large portion of your budget making the foundation amenable to the addition, then it may be better to start from scratch with a new structurally sound foundation on a custom home.

Zoning Regulations & Building Codes

Finally, you must consider the zoning regulations and building codes that apply to your neighbourhood. Some elements of the existing home may have been “grandfathered” in, and would no longer be permitted in a new construction. If this is the case, proceeding with a home addition would be preferable. You can get everything you wish, without flouting existing zoning regulations.

If you need more information about whether a home addition or custom home is the best choice for you, give us a call. We’ll go over your options and come up with a plan that makes the most sense for you. In no time, you’ll be enjoying a stunning new addition or flawless custom home, whichever you decide.