Buying a Home With an Addition

Posted by Jerad Cox on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 at 8:07am.

Home Addition

Prime Edmonton Real Estate - This past summer my wife and I decided to upsize our home. Our 1st home was awesome, and I had spent hundreds of hours adding a new garage, a garden and a lawn worthy of a gardening magazine. However, we wanted to expand our family and the home that we were in just wouldn't work should another baby arrive. We decided that we wanted a bigger home before becoming pregnant to help that process less stressful. Once we decided this, the first question for us was ' do we add an addition or do we move to something bigger?'.

We had a specific community that we wanted to stay in, as we had put down roots and developed friendships that would be hard to replicate. We also had invested our time into the community to make it a better place and felt the need to stay in the area to continue with the process. This community is one of the oldest in Edmonton, and many historically designated homes dot the trees lined streets. So there was a great opportunity to see many varieties of additions added to homes in the area while also looking at bigger properties for sale.

Here's 3 things that we found:

  1. Most home additions looked like, well, additions: We viewed bout 25 different properties over two years and they all had the same thing in common: there was little or no continuity between the original house and the addition. Color schemes, windows, and flooring were often not consistent from the original home to the addition.
  2. Most home additions felt like additions: Some of the properties had built their additions on a new basement foundation, while others simply used a surface area slab. In both situations the additions shifted over time (as expected) and caused a physical separation from the original home. This showed up in wall seam cracks, floor transition disparities as well as floor unevenness in the addition.
  3. Most home additions felt like additions (part 2): It was evident in almost every addition that the insulation, heating and air return was an afterthought. The result was a cold floor and a bite in the air.

After viewing these properties 2 things became apparent - 1) That it would be very difficult to find a home with an addition attached that we could feel comfortable with, and 2) that it would be very difficult to add an addition to our home and be comfortable with it long term.

Buying a home with an addition can be a great thing, but home buyers must be aware that there are added risks as well as added benefits to these types of homes.

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