4 Popular Types of Home Additions

Wondering what are the most popular types of home additions? In this article, we’ll show you some of the most popular.

Although your “forever home” might have been perfect when you got it, over time, your lifestyle will change and your family will grow.

If you’re thinking about expanding your house, there are a few basic kinds of home additions that will meet your needs for space, style, and cost.

Home additions come in different sizes and types.

They can be small sunrooms that add light and space to your home, bump out additions that don’t require foundation work, second story addition, and many other types of home extensions.

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Popular types of home additions

Here are a few different types of home additions. Knowing how they can improve your house will be a very important factor when you decide on how to expand. We hope this small guide will help you find the one that works the best for you:


This is probably one of the most popular types of home additions. Sunrooms will add light and a place to relax to your home. They can be closed off from the rest of your home by doors.

They are typically quite large and spacious and use big glass windows to create an area full of light. Sunrooms generally use the same material as the rest of the house to visually match the rest of the building.

When designing your sunroom, you’ll have to consider whether you want it to be insulated for the 4 seasons and how it can visually blend in with the rest of your home.

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Bump out

If you wished your kitchen or your living had just a little bit extra space, a bump out extension could be the perfect solution for your home. Bump outs are not complete rooms. They generally only add a bit more space to existing rooms.

They can help you add more counter space to your kitchen or increase the square footage of your bathroom so you can install a bathtub instead of a shower. Bump out additions are usually very affordable since you won’t have to worry about heating or cooling and you won’t necessarily need to extend your foundation.

Conventional house addition

This kind of home addition is generally one full room or more and perfectly blends in with the rest of the house. It can serve as a space for elderly members of the family, as an apartment for the kids when they become older or for the in-laws.

Although building this type of addition can be a long and expensive process, it will drastically increase the value of your home.

Because you’ll essentially be building a functional mini home, you’ll generally need to include a bathroom in this addition.

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Read also: 4 Things That Can Impact Your House Addition Cost

Garage conversion

A garage conversion usually means turning a garage into a bedroom or a living room by adding a floor, replacing the door by a wall, and adding a ceiling.

When making a list of the different types of home additions that don’t require a huge amount of work, a garage conversion should be the first thing you think about.

The concrete foundation, the walls, and the roof are already there, making this house addition a very easy one to build.

Garage conversions do come with a downside, however. A garage conversion might lower the resale value of your home and house without garages are usually a bit harder to sell.

popular types of home additions

When it comes to building an addition in your home in Ottawa, Northco has you covered!

We have years of experience in designing and building custom home additions with the highest standard of quality. If you need a home addition in the Ottawa region, don’t wait and get your free quote today!

Are you planning on building a home addition soon or have you already built one? What is your favorite kind of home addition? Let us know in the comments below!