How an Addition Adds Value to Your Home

How an Addition Adds Value to Your Home

With real estate prices on the rise, a home addition is often a more economical choice than a move to a new property. Or, maybe you have found your dream location but require more space than the existing home has to offer. In either of these scenarios, an extension of the existing house is a great alternative. Here are four types of home expansions that add big value to your property.


Home additions come in many forms and partnering with a knowledgeable custom home builder is the best way to see your plans come to fruition. Regardless of the type of addition you choose, it is sure to add value to your existing property. Here are some of the ways you can add the square footage you need without having to pack up and move.

Upper Floor Addition: this type of remodel involves creating more space by developing the home vertically. This can be done either by removing the roof and building an entirely new upper level or expanding your existing upper level over a porch or a flat roof garage. Local building regulations and foundation requirements will need to be considered when doing an upper floor addition.

Bump Out Extension: a room addition, or bump out, is a much smaller project than a conventional home addition. Typically these are single function rooms added to the front, back or side of a house. Some options are:

  1. Adding a bathroom or bedroom
  2. Bumping out the kitchen to increase it's size
  3. Expanding the master suite for the addition of a walk-in closet, master bathroom, or an upper floor laundry room
  4. A home office addition

While these projects may be smaller in size, they can have a big effect on your overall property value.

Sealed Sunroom Addition: a closed off sunroom, of three season room. is a great home extension option that can be used to create more space. Sunrooms are often built with prefabricated materials like aluminum and weatherproof glass but can also be built with lumber or other materials that will match the rest of the home.

Carriage Home: this type of addition is a small separate structure usually built behind the existing home or on top of a detached garage, to provide additional living space. This structure can include some or all the amenities of a home including a bedroom, living area, kitchen, and bathroom. Custom carriage homes are also a great option to use as an investment property to generate income. 

Deciding to pursue a home addition is always good investment that will pay dividends by creating more square footage, updating old layouts, or creating a stream of rental income for years to come. Working with a knowledgeable Calgary custom home builder will ensure your investment is protected and the project is successful.

FLR Developments are your trusted and experienced team for all things home additions and expansion. With decades of knowledge and hundreds of projects under their belts, their team has the resources needed to take your home from idea right through to warranty and beyond. With three locations in Calgary, Columbia-Shuswap, and Kelowna, contact them today by filling out your information below, or by calling 1-403-980-2205.

Home Addition FAQ's

Although possible, its often difficult to build on top of an existing garage because they are not constructed to the same code as a home. Due to this, often the footings and foundation are not sufficient to build on top of. The FLR Developments team will help you determine if your zoning and existing structures are suitable for building on before moving forward with your project. Contact their team today for more information.

While a renovation is a great way to update your space, a home addition will create more space, therefore it will come with a higher price tag. Unlike some renovations, an addition or expansion will need full sets of construction drawings and more intensive planning before starting. FLR Developments will guide your entire addition from planning and design, through to permits, construction drawings and beyond. Your home is in great hands with FLR. Call them or fill out the website form below for a project consultation.

What you are allowed to build on your property will vary based on zoning and allowances. One of the benefits of working with an experienced custom home builder will be that they ensure you adhere to all local zoning and permitting requirements. At FLR Developments, part of the process is a consultation that determines exactly what is about to be added onto your existing home. Reach out for more information.


Whether you want a custom luxury home, a stunning lake view spot, or the perfect commercial spot for your new venture, our team makes the process as straightforward, cost-effective, and simple as possible. From planning and design to permits and a third party warranty, we will expertly manage every stage of the process. We take the challenge out of new builds, so you can focus on what’s truly important: achieving your dream.

Want to know more about one of our developments and how we can get your project completed on time and on a budget? Contact us at  (403) 980-2205  or fill in our online form.

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