Addition Planning: Bumping Out

Planning to install an addition into your home has typically consisted of planning a large project in order to greatly expand your living space. Now, there is a new way to add a smaller addition onto your home if you have limited space. This technique is referred to as, “bumping out”. Bumping out can be done if your interior floors are above the ground that is outside. While the addition will not be big enough for a whole room, it is enough to add features such as a small eating space.

Key Takeaways:

  • If the level of your flooring indoors is at a higher level than your landscape, bumping-out is typically a viable option.
  • Homeowners who choose to bump-out can save up to 15% in contracting costs.
  • You do not need any foundation laid in order to build a bump-out, just the wall.

“It sounds farfetched, but a “bump-out addition” is a clever, secure and economical way to add on, says Curt Schultz, a Realtor-architect-builder in Pasadena, Calif.”

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