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Home Renovations vs Additions

Updated: Jun 17, 2020



In this strange new "normal", we find ourselves spending more and more time at home. This might have you thinking: "Wow! This place needs work..." You might also be wondering what you can do? Can you get by with just some new cabinets and countertops? Do you need a complete overhaul? Tearing things back to the framing and starting over can really give you some options. Not to mention a chance to bring you home up to todays building standards for both comfort and efficiency.


Most of us now find ourselves in need of a home office, with space for the entire family! How will that work when there is barely enough room with the space you have now.



So what can you do?

Adding more square footage to your home can give you more options and really add value to your home. There are several ways to add additions on homes. These include bumping out the front or back, going above existing living space or a combination of the two, an addition off the front or back with a second story.

Additions on the side of your home are usually only allowed if you can maintain 4' to the property line when completed. Cantilevers can provide more allowance while still giving you more space in these situations.


Did you know you can also add an addition without a basement? Sound weird? Well it's true, additions can be done on screw piles with an insulated floor.



This method is much less invasive than digging out for a basement. It also saves a significant amount of money! Screw piles install in a day and make very little mess. Access to the location for a small tractor is all that is required. Both options have their pros and cons of course.

Confused yet?



If you are like most of us you probably have more questions than answers. We can help!


Contact us for a free in home consultation. We can help you go through all of the options to see what works best for you and your home renovation Calgary!

Let's give your home the "Fresh Start" you both deserve!


Info@freshstartprojects.com (403) 873-1028





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