Many homeowners are now looking into home additions for their property. This is because units are becoming more expensive to buy nowadays, which makes adding a room to a house a wonderful investment. If you wish to increase space in your home without moving, a home addition project is a great option.
At Luxor Development, we proudly extend our home additions services to homeowners in Toronto and the GTA. With years of experience under our belts, you can rest assured your home is in safe hands.
Planning Your Home Addition
While adding an extension to your property can be a complicated endeavour, setting up a clear plan will ease the process. Consider these steps:
Step 1: Obtain a Building Permit
According to the City of Toronto, homeowners need a building permit for home additions that alter the structural foundation of a house.
The most convenient time to submit your building permit application is in January. It takes about 2-4 weeks to get your permit application approved, and starting the application process in January will guarantee you can begin your home addition project by the time it is spring. This way, you will avoid weather-related hiccups during the home additions process.
Step 2: Know Your Budget
The first and most important step in a home additions project is determining the budget. As soon as you figure out how much you want to spend on a home addition, the later stages will be smooth sailing.
Step 3: Get Quotes
As soon as you have a clear budget for your home addition, you should seek out a home remodeling contractor. Here are some key factors to look for in a good contractor:
- Full transparency with customers
- No hidden fees or fine-print conditions
- Punctual, flexible, and organised
- Good reputation and industry experience
Luxor Development is a true representation of good contractors. We take pride in our work ethic and professionalism and customer satisfaction is our highest priority. No need to search any further, we have your best interest in mind with every project.
Types of Home Additions
Although there are many ways in which you can add onto your house, the most common types of home additions include:
1. Storey Additions
A storey addition (also known as building up) is when you add onto your house vertically. Adding a floor to a house is typically done in two ways:
- Tearing the roof off the main floor, installing a new one, and building a second storey from scratch.
- Removing the roof off the main floor temporarily, adding a new level, then putting the old roof back in place.
What determines the type of floor addition is how the existing roof is constructed. Sometimes a roof is not made to hold the weight of an entirely new floor. In this case, it is best to completely remove it and construct a new one that acts both as a ceiling to the main floor and a base to the second floor.
Other times, a roof can be strong enough for a storey addition, in which case there is no need to remove it and install a new one. Temporarily removing it and putting it back in place will suffice.
2. Bump-Out Additions
A bump-out addition (also known as building out) is when you add onto your house horizontally. What this means is that the contractor must install a new foundation or slab in order to build the addition.
The wonderful thing about most bump-out additions is that you do not have to move out of your house during the addition project. This type of addition is the least disruption to the existing space.
One thing to consider about bump-out additions is having yard space necessary to build the new extension on. You will also have to make sure your home addition aligns with city construction requirements in terms of space between your property and your neighbour’s.
3. Garage Additions
A garage addition can be beneficial both for your convenience and the value of your property. With garage additions, there are the following options:
- Adding a detached garage on your property
- Adding an attached garage to your house
Adding a garage not only makes space for your car, but it also comes with extra storage space. As well, a garage addition is a great investment if you choose to utilise it as a living space, such as a living room or bedroom. In the event you do not plan to use the added garage yourself, you can rent it out.
At Luxor Development, we offer all types of home additions. If you wish to add an extension to your house, our experts are more than glad to off you home addition advice.
Benefits of a Home Addition
The reason that drives homeowners to seek a home addition is the benefits that come with it. If you add onto your house, you can expect the following advantages:
Adding Space to Your House
The most obvious benefit that comes from adding an extension to your house is increasing your property’s square footage. What is more, this added space will be customised exactly to your liking as long as it does not violate any city laws.
Increase House Value
A home addition will add tremendous value to your house. This is a great advantage in case you want to sell your house in the future. Also, not only does a house addition improve your house’s resale value but it makes it more appealing to potential buyers, as well. A smart extension to your property will guarantee your house sells.
No Moving Expenses
Although adding a room to your home is a big financial undertaking, it is still much cheaper than moving to a new house. This is because a home addition project eliminates the fees of packing, hiring movers, and shipping. So no matter how much a home addition costs, it remains a much cheaper option than moving into a new house.
The work we do at Luxor Development ensures you make the most out of your home addition. We guarantee high-quality results so you can reap in all the advantages of adding a room to your house.
So, How Much Does a House Addition Cost?
On average, a home addition costs around $100 – $400 per square foot overall. This means the total costs of adding a room or building an addition range from $20,000 and $66,800.
The following table is a breakdown of the costs that go into a home addition project. Bear in mind that these costs are estimates and vary from one project to another.
|Building permit and paperwork||$4000|
|Labour||$3,000 – $10,000|
|Blueprints||$1,200 – $2,500|
|Architectural design||$2,000 – $5,000|
|Storey addition (per square foot)||$80 – $200|
|Bump-out addition (per square foot)||$80 – $200|
|Single-car attached garage addition||$7,500 – $10,000|
|Double-car attached garage addition||$20,000 – $27,000|
|Single-car detached garage addition||$9,000 – $12,000|
|Double-car detached garage addition||$24,000 – $31,000|
|Flooring (per square foot)||$6 – $20|
|HVAC (per square foot)||$8,500|
|Drywall (per square foot)||$1.50 – $4|
The Luxor Experience
If you are looking for a home remodelling contractor, you’ve come to the right place. Our work is meticulous and our attention to detail is what makes us different. We take time to analyse and inspect your property so that our projects are always up to industry and municipal standards. Contact Luxor Development to speak with one of our specialists or check out our portfolio to see our completed projects.
Home Additions FAQ’s
Yes, all home additions require a permit. No matter the size or shape of your plan it requires its drawings approved by the city building department. You can find the appropriate city address and email address on your city’s website. For Toronto, this is on page 29 of the Toronto Building Permit Guide.
You can add a second story addition to raise resale value, but the area you live in will determine if this is a good investment or not. In some cases, it may be better to sell your bungalow. Consult with an experienced renovation company to determine the best option for you.
A typical home addition can take anywhere between 5 months and 10 months, including permit acquisition and negotiations with your contractors. This also depends on the size and complexity of the addition, the season you are working in, and second-story additions will usually take more time than ground-floor ones.
You may need to move out during a second-floor home addition, or other complex additions according to your builder.If your home addition is just on the main floor then you usually do not have to move out.
Yes, Luxor Development Group offers a warranty on home additions. Our contracts come with a 1-year warranty for finishing and a 7-year warranty for structural work.
You need at least a few trades to complete a home addition. It would be best to have a builder or a general contractor for your home addition, otherwise, you need to find different contractors for the framing, electrical work, plumbing, and more.
It can take between 1 month and 3 months to get your home addition permit, but this differs from city to city. In Toronto, it can take between 5 and 20 days.
Yes, there are limits for house extensions but they differ from city to city. There are requirements for height, roof alterations, and the height of the first floor above the established grade among other things. For more information refer to your local city bylaws (click here for City of Toronto), or consult with your builder.