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Hi Richard,

We own a 10 year old house. Our family is getting bigger and we require more room. We have not approached an architect yet since we are still evaluating if we should reno vs new house.

We cannot expand in the basement. So we must look at expanding on the first and second floors. We require at least an additional bedroom, another bathroom and a bigger main living area adn kitchen.

Given your expertise, and the layout of our house, what could be good options (back addition, expand in garage, shed dormers, etc.) to evaluate at this point? What types of addition are common on this type of house?

Attached are the layouts of the house. Above the garage is the master bedroom (attic trusses). Any help you can provide will be much appreciated.

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Good morning Stephane - thanks for your questions.

Let's start with your last question - there's no "common" addition to this type of house; what's important to the style of the house is that the new work looks like it was done that way originally.

Actually, what's all too common is an addition that looks like an addition...know what I mean?  Make sure you avoid that, 'cause it's a cute house now!

I assume you need to add bedrooms?  It looks to me that there's a good connection already to the attic space over the garage - that's probably the place to start.

That will mean removing the entire garage roof, reinforcing the walls, probably adding a beam, and building a new second floor above, but that's given the proximity of the attic to the other bedrooms it seems the most obvious choice.

Any other option would mean building a first floor addition to support the new second floor (far more expensive and unnecessary!).

Depending on your needs however, you might consider adding a master suite on the first floor - that's more costly, but would give you an additional bath (which you probably badly need!) and if properly placed, would still give you the possibility of adding bedrooms above if you need to someday.

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Ask me about all aspects of house, remodeling. , and room addition design and construction. Ask me about historic homes, renovation, and restoration. Ask me about materials and techniques, and about how you can get the best value for your design and construction dollar. Ask me how you can make your home a very special place. I can't, however, answer specific structural engineering questions in this forum - that's something you'll need on-site observation for.

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I own a full-service residential architectural firm, and have been designing custom homes, remodelings, and room additions across the country since 1983. Check us out at Richard Taylor Architects and RTA Plans. I have written and been published extensively on the subject of residential architecture.

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American Institute of Architects, City of Dublin Architectural Review Board, Vice Chair of City of Dublin Planning and Zoning Commission, American Planning Association, Board Member Historic Dublin Business Association, Past Editor of SPLASH (a software forum), Past Editor of Open Directory Project, Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America

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Bachelor of Environmental Design (Architecture) Miami University 1983
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