House addition is a smart alternative for people considering a new larger house.

You can add extra living space like an extra bedrooms, kitchen, office, garage, workshop etc.
New addition is actually cheaper than moving to a larger house. Only the real estate brokerage fee may cover costs of the addition in many cases. Other expenses like moving costs and time, life changing hassle like new schools and so on, transfer taxes, new house rearrangement, hidden issues repairs and most of all new mortgage for the new house price difference, which maybe huge considering today’s prices.
Another benefit of adding an extra footage is increased resale value of your house.

To add an addition procedure:
(City of Toronto example)

All drawings to be drawn on standardized sized sheets, drawn to scale, fully dimensioned, signed and dated.

If drawings were prepared by a qualified designer (as defined under Div. C, Part 3, Section 3.2 of the Ontario Building Code), drawings must include the designer's name, registration number, qualification identification number, signature, and stamp/statement that the person has reviewed and taken responsibility for the design activities.

All drawings, reports, and forms, including the completed Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish, must be provided in a PDF format on a rewritable  DVD or submitted by email.

Municipal Road Damage Deposit payment and form not required for applications which qualify for the Residential FASTRACK Program

Required Documentation

Site Plan

Survey or site plan showing property lines, lot area, right-of-way or easements (referenced to a current survey)

Location of existing/proposed buildings with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions to property lines and adjacent buildings.

Summary of permitted and proposed zoning provisions to include lot area, building area (GFA), coverage, and grade elevations to confirm height.

Indicate dimensioned parking areas, driveways, hard & soft landscape treatments, accessory structures (sheds, decks, detached garages, etc).

Floor Plans

Fully dimensioned, for each level showing existing & proposed uses of all spaces, including location of smoke alarms & carbon monoxide detectors and all plumbing fixtures.

Provide existing/proposed construction with foundation & exterior wall information, showing interior partitions and structural framing above.

Roof Plan

Existing/proposed roof layout showing roof structure, skylights, roof slopes, hips/valleys/peaks and ventilation.


Exterior finishes with roof slopes, window/door type, locations & sizes including height of sills above floor level.

Provide area of exposed building face, percentage/area of unprotected openings and required limiting distance(s).

Show exterior decks/landings, stairs, guards/handrails.

Provide overall building height dimension.


Cross section(s) to show existing/proposed building construction and specifications of all floor, wall, & roof assemblies.

Provide footing & foundation wall details including height of exterior grade above basement floor.

Show floor to floor, floor to ceiling and overall building heights.

Detail stairs, landings, guards & handrails.

Residential Garages or Accessory Structures

Garage or Accessory Structure to be shown on Site Plan, showing the

Location of all existing and proposed buildings on the lot, setbacks to property lines, distance between proposed structure and other buildings on the lot.

Dimensions and locations of all required vehicle parking spaces and the driveway used to access the spaces(s)

Floor Plans, Elevations, Sections, Construction Details of the structure, including the details of the concrete floor slab, such as the concrete strength and re-enforcement proposed.

Decks and Verandahs

Plans for decks and verandahs must show the following

Details of footings, including footing size, spacing, depth, height above grade and frost protection details.

Sizes and Locations of all Columns; sizes, locations and spans of all beams.

Stair Construction Details, including height and depth of stair treads and headroom above stairs (where applicable).

Guard Construction Details, including information about openings and climbability, and the location of the guards with respect to stairways, landings, and edges of the proposed platform.

Source: City of Toronto

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Building a Home Addition versus buying a Larger Home

This article discusses the advantages and factors that should be considered when choosing to build a home addition versus buying a larger one.

Choosing to extend the size of your current home via building a home addition is frequently a better decision than selling your home and buying a larger one. In addition to making financial sense, in many cases it also offers other advantages. For example, if you like where you live and/or have children in a school system that they enjoy, building a home addition can preserve these ties.

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In addition to providing your house with more living space and saving money, building an addition can also be a terrific investment. However, before starting a large project such as building an addition, it’s important that you first consider several factors. These factors include: the size and scale of the home addition, the property market values in the neighborhood, required financing, architecture, timeline for completing the project, and the personal disruption that you and your family are willing to stand.

Before breaking ground on a home addition, you should first determine your specific extra living space needs. For example, what types of room(s) are you looking to add, and how many square feet of space is desired? Once you know what you need for space, it is then critical to find out the market value of houses in your local area with similar features and sizes to your new home plans. With this market analysis you can then determine the market value difference between your current home footprint and your enlarged home footprint. This market value difference should represent the maximum budget for the new home addition if you want to make a positive investment.

The next major issue that needs to be addressed is how to finance the building of a home addition. Unless the project is being funded via your personal savings then financing will be necessary. If current mortgage rates are higher than the existing house loan, then a home equity loan may make more sense. If current mortgage rates are lower than the existing home mortgage, then refinancing the entire home, including the cost of the home addition project, may make better sense.

After addressing the financing of the home addition, the next major item to focus on are the plans. It is important to consider both the size and scale of the addition, as well as the aesthetics and architecture of the new addition. The home addition should be designed such that it melds into the existing home and is aesthetically appealing from the road. It should not be too large or small relative to the original home. Frequently, homeowners build large additions that either dwarf the existing home or look like aberrations cobbled onto the existing home. Home market values are based on more than just living space. Exterior aesthetics play a major role in calculating the home’s market value. It is also important to consider other items such as rooflines, doors, siding, windows, shingles, and height elevations. All should meld into the existing home exterior seamlessly.

If you are not planning to use an architect for designing the new home addition then consider purchasing a home design software package. There are a number of good ones on the market and they can help you in multiple ways. Besides providing you with overall sketches of the existing home and addition, they can provide necessary structural drawings to provide to the building inspector when pulling permits for the project.

The next two important aspects to consider are the timeline for completing the project, and the level of homeowner sweaty equity you are willing to provide. When developing a timeline, plan for delays and contingency plans. Regarding homeowner sweat equity, many homeowners over estimate their skill sets and time commitment. Do not over commit yourself both in time and skill sets. Hire contractors where you lack skills, tools, equipment, and time. Also where you legally can not perform the work, e.g. plumbing and electric, plan on finding licensed contractors. For smaller projects, such as installing interior doors, finish trim, painting, cabinet installation, tiling and hardwood flooring, by all means sign up for these tasks if you have the tools and skills.

Finally, remember that building a home addition is a major undertaking. It is also very disruptive to your home for many months. So before choosing to build a home addition, be prepared for the inconveniences of possibly not having a functional kitchen, contractors walking through your home, and loud noises throughout the day. Building a home addition is also a dusty and dirty endeavor. Finally, dealing with contractors can also be challenging at times.

If after considering all these factors you still want to move forward on building an addition, create your plans, hire your contractors, pull your permits and expect a few bumps along the way. When the project is complete you will have more living spaceBusiness Management Articles, save money and maintain your home base.

For more information on building a room addition see’s Room Addition Bid Sheet.

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Go With the Flow When Adding on to Your Home

| by Christian Jacobsen

So you need more space, but you really like your neighborhood and would rather not move.
Adding on to your existing home may be the way to go. A home addition is a complex undertaking, but with the right amount of planning and assistance, you'll breeze through it in no time. Here are some guidelines to help you start out on the right path.

Determine what both you and your partner want from this renovation. Maybe you're looking for extra space for the kids, but your spouse wants a quiet area for office space. Sometimes both your needs are very different. List on paper your goals and wants in order of priority.

Visit your local building department, to explore the rules and restrictions for additions to your particular property and neighborhood. There will be rules as to the size and height of a structure, distance it must be from the property lines, height restrictions or possibly restraints due to historical designation. Find out what type of permit is required and get a cost break down for the permit.

Plan your new space with an open mind. You may have to shuffle things around to get the most effective use out of your new addition, and this use of your space may not be what you had originally envisioned.

An addition does not necessarily mean BIG. Sometimes smart use of existing space goes a long way to satisfying your needs. Look for closets or hallways you may be able to borrow extra space from. Maybe breaking down the wall between the master bedroom and the tiny spare room is all you'll need to do to get that dream closet.

Sometimes an addition is a good opportunity to enhance the look of your home's exterior. An added gazebo, breakfast nook, or front porch can add interest to an otherwise tired looking home.

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Wherever possible, an addition should appear as though it was always part of the original structure. Sometimes, it's impossible to match outdated siding or brick. When selecting exterior finishes, use similar styles and coloring with a slightly different texture to compliment, not compete with the existing design. This includes using similar roof lines if you're adding an entryway or additional floor.

Consider existing landscaping patterns and floral borders to ensure they too are repeated. If you have a walkway circling the house, but it abruptly stops where the new addition starts, it may detract from the overall finished look of the house.

If all the rooms are fairly small, but you add a master bedroom the size of a city block, it just doesn't sit right. Keep the add-on in proportion to the rest of the house.

Stick to the same architectural and building styles as your original home. If you are only replacing two windows and your existing windows are sliders, don't suddenly introduce casements as a window style – learn to go with the flow.

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