Add On vs. Buy

February 27, 2008 at 10:49 pm 2 comments



Are you in an ongoing debate / discussion / quandary of trying to decide whether to add on to your existing small house or to just sell it and buy a larger home hopefully not too far away? I personally lived and breathed this topic for years in my 1100 sqft Crestview 3/2 with a 1-car garage.

First we added expensive storage shelves in all the closets. That helped. Then we re-did the kitchen and opened the wall between the living and kitchen. That helped a lot. Then we built a cool shed in the back yard. That also helped.

We never ever parked a car in the garage. That was out of the question. It was full of our beloved stuff (I’m being polite).

We dreamt of parking my expensive car under a roof and not having to wash it as often. And then we got a third vehicle; that almost put us over the edge. And then we bought kayaks. How could we keep buying stuff if we did not have a place to put it? Maybe we could store it at Dad’s place.

We dreamt of having enough closet space for both of us in the master bedroom (my closet and dresser drawer was in the guest room). The rule was if you bought a new shirt, you had to get rid of one, no choice.

We dreamt of having a laundry room.

And on and on and on for a good two years.

We figured if we added on it would easily run us $70k but we would never have a 2-car garage (not on that lot).

In the end it was the garage thing. We bought another house 3 miles away (NW Hills), doubled our sqft with a 2-car garage. We rented the other house to friends for a couple years just to be sure. We have since sold the little house and are happily ensconced in our 2200 sqft plus garage. We do miss the old neighborhood, but no regrets.

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  • 1. Seaside Florida Vacation Rentals  |  February 28, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Sounds like you made every effort to make it work and by doing it brought value to a small home that someone buying would also find attractive for the use of space. I think renting while you check out your recent new home was a great idea I did that once when I relocated and actually ended up coming back to the property.

    Many people are considering additions in our area until we received a new tax portability law and people are now considering moving in state instead of adding a room or bath.

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  • 2. Cialis  |  March 6, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    kqXnoW Excellent article, I will take note. Many thanks for the story!

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