How to Match Your Home Addition to the Rest of the House
When you run out of space in your home there are only two options—expand or move. Both can be stressful, expensive and exhausting, but in the end it all comes down to the three factors: location, location and location. For this reason, many homeowners who love their current location choose to stay and build an addition.
There are many challenges with expanding you home’s square footage. The last thing you want is to end up with an enormous addition that looks alien and doesn’t fit with the rest of the house. Making your addition look like it’s always been there takes skill and dedicated attention to detail. Ask any Maryland home remodeling contractor and they will tell you how much planning goes into home additions. Take a look at what it takes to match both the inside and the outside of the addition to fit with the rest of the home.
Matching the Outside
Matching the outside of your house might be tough, especially if your home has a distinctive weathered look. For example, brick attains a particular patina as it ages that newer brick doesn’t. In some cases, you can distress stonework to match—talk to your contractor to discuss your options. If your home is faced with siding rather than stonework or brickwork, matching is much easier. To get all the details right, take a note of these items:
- Color of the siding/stonework
- Size of siding panels, brick or stone
- Roofline—it’s fine to go lower, but raising the roof often looks awkward.
- Pitch of the roof
- Style and color of gutters and downspouts
- Woodwork and ornate details
- Overall proportions of the house and its individual elements.
Maintaining the proportions is essential to achieving a seamless addition. It’s understandable that you want to get as much use as you can from your extra space, but consider the street view and curb appeal. A monster of an addition bulging up behind the small original structure is a sure way to drive your home’s value down. If you plan on selling in the future, buyers will appreciate the addition, but only if it’s done right.
Matching the Inside
The inside of your home addition should reflect the overall look and feel of the rest of the house. This can be achieved by matching all the individual style elements you can find around your home, such as:
- Size and style of windows and doors
- Style of trim, including crown molding, baseboards, chair rail, etc.
- Hardware finishes
- Style and type of lighting
- Flooring materials
- Type of wall covering
If you live in a period home, browse through the old photos of other homes representing this architectural style and era. You might get some visual queues as to what type of flooring was used in each room or the placement of accent lighting.
Knowing Where to Stop
We’ve listed all these different elements you could match to make your home addition indistinguishable from the original construction. But what if the original construction is not that stylish or practical to begin with? Maybe your home has small windows that don’t let in much light. Or maybe you hate that crown molding with a passion and would rather not replicate it in another room.
Another problem arises when you own a historic home and it’s close to impossible (or ridiculously expensive) to find the exact styles of trim, flooring or casings. Sometimes, it’s OK to go in a slightly different direction with your addition. You can always match the color scheme and décor to create a flow between your addition and the rest of the house. In fact, there is no harm in keeping the addition a bit simpler and understated, so it doesn’t compete with the rest of the house.
Whether it’s a bedroom, a bathroom, a music room or an in-law suite, Dun-Rite will make sure that your home addition is as beautiful as the rest of your home. If you are looking for a local Carroll County home addition contractor, let’s connect and discuss how we can expand your home without losing its original charm in the process.
Contact us to finally get the space you need in the home you love.