So I mentioned a few times recently that we're knee deep in planning a home addition.
It's taken us a long time to figure out what is important to us, and how to design an addition that best meets our needs as a family. My father in law is a structural and civil engineer and his company helped us out in a HUGE way by designing and drawing up the plans for our addition.
Our house is small--around 1200 square feet (when you include our sunroom which will be removed in this addition). As it is right now, our house works for us. In fact, I really like living in a small house. The hubby and I debated back and forth whether we should even decide to do a home addition for that reason, because it's really not like we feel like we need the space right now.
In a lot of areas, it would make more sense to move to a new house rather than build onto the one we already have if we needed more space. Here though, housing costs are really expensive. We paid about $380 a sq ft for our house. It's cheaper for us to build on than buy a new house, even if you don't consider the hefty real estate fees. We bought our house for the neighborhood we are in too, so even if we were to move we'd be mostly looking to staying in our same neighborhood.
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