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Matching Your Addition to the Original? Overrated

When it comes to additions, the best design and build professionals will tell you that this type of thinking can limit you, and the potential of your home.
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Matching Your Addition to the Original? Overrated

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When it comes to additions, the best design and build professionals will tell you that this type of thinking can limit you, and the potential of your home.

For years, homeowners were told that a new addition should match their existing home seamlessly and seem as though it was always there, as a part of the original build. The best design and build professionals will tell you that this type of thinking can limit you and the potential of your home. Your new addition shouldn’t necessarily be a copy of the old. 

Skilled architects and contractors can take modern materials and artistry, and use these resources to allow different aspects of a design to coexist seamlessly, without the result being excessively matched and obvious.  The use of color, finish materials, lighting fixtures and other cosmetic details can marry the new addition with the home. 

The benefits of not matching your addition to your original home generally fall into three categories. 

When there are details that are hard to replace, it is a good idea to let them go. Otherwise you may wind up spending a lot of time and money finding these features, or settle for inadequate reproductions that look “off.” 

When you want to enjoy modern conveniences and features, do so. You don’t want to regret missing out on the aspects of the addition that excite you the most. 

When the old house is cramped and dark, why spend time and money to make the addition cramped and dark as well? Go ahead and plan for high ceilings and large windows. Of course, you may want to retro fit the older part of the house, too. 

Determining where you draw the line between the old style and the new will depend on your project and if you are knocking down interior walls to create a completely new floor plan.  A new space should be consistent within itself, so matching trim and details is important, whether you go for the old style or the new. 

 

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