WHAT ‘S THE DIFFERENCE?
Additions versus Extensions
Addition, as the name implies, involves adding square footage to the existing living space of a home. This is typically done by building out from the home on the main floor or building a second story.
Usually “addition projects” come to mind when a family is growing in size, but they do not wish to sell their home and move into something bigger. It’s often due to financial, sentimental, and preferred location reasons.
An extension means the same thing as an addition except it’s usually only used for main floor expansion rather than adding more floors.
Addition or extension projects offer additional necessary space for home occupants and can provide more or bigger bedrooms, closets & storage, additional washrooms, showers or tubs, chef-friendly kitchens, bigger living spaces, or a combination of all.
While an Addition project is underway, you may also be upgrading your electrical, plumbing, and HVAC capacities to service the new space, as well as ensuring your home meets the current building codes.
Addition/Extension projects are well regulated by municipalities and have certain limitations and strict guidelines that must be carefully studied and followed. Obtaining the permit is an inseparable part of every addition/extension project. Like a new build project, your City or town will expect contractors to register for stage inspections. Contractors must make sure that they do not bypass any of the stages before the city inspector visits, including passing the previous stage. Bylaws also impose limitations on how much living space you can add. Limitations exist for width, height, length, and maximum square footage, similar to new construction requirements. The limitations will vary depending on lot size, proximity to neighbours and municipality regulations in effect for the area.
FOUNDATIONS AND FOOTINGS
BUILDING CODES ARE THERE FOR YOUR PROTECTION
Framing, insulation, wiring, plumbing, HVAC, and all operations must follow the most updated building code requirements. Smart homeowners will take advantage of the time their home is undergoing an addition or extension to also upgrade the existing part of their homes.
If old wiring is found that no longer meets code it’s important to update it to current standards throughout your home to avoid electrical fires. Some people choose to replace all their old copper plumbing with flexible tubing and their water heaters with tankless heating systems. Others reinsulate while their walls are open. If you are thinking of adding to your home space, we are always available to give you expert consultation. Please contact us and leave a message and we shall get back to you within 48 hours.