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  • Writer's pictureDuncan Farrow

Maximize Your Property: 3 Ways to Add to Your Existing Buildings

One question we often hear from our clients is, "Can I add to an existing building on my property?" The short answer is usually, "Yes, you can!" But there are some important factors to consider before you start swinging that hammer. In this blog, we'll break down what you need to know to make an informed decision.

old hay shed roof

First things first, you'll want to assess the structural integrity of your existing building.

Is it leaning? Is it on a solid foundation? How straight and square is it? These are all crucial questions that will affect your ability to expand. If everything checks out, you're off to a good start!

Adding Length is the Easiest

The simplest way to add to an existing building is to extend its length. Just continue in the same direction as your existing trusses, keeping the width consistent. As long as you've got the space on your property and can secure the necessary permits, you can add as much length as you want.

lean-to on a horse barn near Salmon Arm BC

Expanding the Width with Lean-Tos

Want to go wider instead? You can add lean-tos on either side of your building. Depending on the height, you can add up to 20 feet per side. However, keep in mind that the ceiling height of the lean-to will be lower than that of your main building.

Raising the Roof—Literally!

Here's a unique idea: why not add to the height of your existing building? There are several ways to do this, but one of the easiest is to lift the entire roof off with a crane and build taller walls. If you're using post-frame construction, you can install taller posts and beams. This method might be pricier, but you'll save on the cost of trusses and roofing if they're still in good shape. You can also choose to add new metal cladding on the sides to give it a fresh look.

Before making any decisions, it's always a good idea to consult a contractor. They can inspect your existing structure and provide expert advice on the best way to expand.

Adding to an existing building is a great way to maximize your space without starting from scratch. Whether you're looking to extend the length, widen with lean-tos, or even raise the roof, there are options available to you. Just make sure to check the structural integrity first and consult a contractor to ensure you're making the best choice for your property.

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