Pros And Cons Of Matching The Exterior Of A Home Addition To The Rest Of The Dwelling

Planning a home addition is an exciting thing that also leaves you needing to answer lots of questions. While you might have fun thinking about how you intend to use the additional space in your home, you'll also need to ponder logistical topics such as whether the exterior of the addition will match the rest of the building. Many homeowners make this request of their building contractor, while others choose to change things up by giving the addition a different look. While there's no right answer to which you must adhere, you should carefully consider some pros and cons of matching the addition to the rest of the dwelling.

Pro: The Addition Will Be Less Evident

Some people who put additions on their homes don't want the new space to look as though it was added after the fact. If this is your preference, matching the exterior appearance of the addition will make it fit better with the overall house. Identical siding, roofing, and window styles can all help the addition to blend in.

Con: The Materials May Be Different To Get

Depending on when your house was built and the nature of the materials that were used, it may be difficult for your building contractor to get materials for the addition that will match the rest of the house. In some cases, if materials are available outside of your area, you'll need to pay more to get them — which can make matching the addition more costly than going in a different direction.

Pro: It Can Make The House Look Awkward

Sometimes, an addition can augment the look of the house from the exterior. In other cases, the home addition is a clear mismatch and its exterior should look different. If you opt for the same exterior, the result can be awkward. For example, the house itself may have a conventional shape, but the addition juts out in an unnatural fashion. Those who look at the whole residence may question its design. Conversely, if you were to finish the exterior of the addition without matching it, the result may be more favorable.

Con: It May Not Have The Standout Effect You Want

If you want your home's addition to serve as a separate entity — perhaps you're a massage therapist who is building the addition as a clinic space — matching it may be a poor idea. In this scenario, you may find that it's preferable to finish the exterior of the addition in a different style so that it's obvious that it's its own entity. 

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