Home additions are a common home remodeling request that comes from simply needing more space in your Northeast Ohio abode. A growing family, the desire for more entertaining space, updating an older home to suit modern needs, or wanting to be more comfortable in your home are just some of the reasons that homeowners like you seek out adding onto their home. 

Adding onto a home requires specific expertise to ensure your design goals are being met while taking great care to create an additional space that perfectly suits your existing home. The architectural details should flow seamlessly from the original space to the addition, to look like the new space has been there all along. 

At Payne & Tompkins Design - Renovations, we offer a full-service experience that will take you from the initial consultation to move-in day. We will guide you through the entire process of a home addition from start to finish, simplifying the design and construction process and resulting in a stress-free home improvement project. 

Communication is key in the home remodel process and usually begins with needing answers to very important questions. We gathered some of the most frequently asked questions by homeowners to help the question-and-answer process get started. 


Frequently Asked Questions
by Cleveland Homeowners

Do you need an architect for an addition in Cleveland?

Not necessarily. It’s a common misconception that you must hire an architect separately from a builder to get plans drawn and a quality design. It’s an old-school way of thinking that more homeowners are realizing is an unnecessary complication. Hiring different companies or firms to work on the same project can cause more work for you, from going through the hiring process more than once to having to communicate with multiple point people and even dealing with conflicting professional perspectives. 

A design-build firm, on the other hand, is a single entity that offers a design team, skilled builders, and project managers to handle your project. With a design-build firm, you don’t sacrifice quality of design but gain the benefits of a seamless process that results in minimal, if any, stress. 

At Payne & Tompkins Design+Renovations, we guide homeowners through the entire process, from consultation and design to construction. You’ll have a single point of contact and a full team that works together to deliver a space that’s authentically yours, while avoiding the traditional hurdles of a multi-firm process. 

How much does a home addition cost on Cleveland?

Pinpointing a cost estimate for an addition is really only possible with a consultation with a professional builder. However, on average, the cost for an addition could range anywhere from $250 to $500 and well above per square foot for a luxury home in the Cleveland area. 

The per-square-foot cost really depends on the type of room or rooms being added. Due to the complexity, quality of finishes, and systems that go into a kitchen expansion or relocation, the cost per square foot will be much higher than adding space to a family room, for example. 

The most efficient way to understand how much an addition will be is to contact a design-build firm that can learn about your design goals and give you an idea of what to expect. Other aspects will be factored in as well, such as the age of your home, its historical status, and any complications, like water damage, cracked foundation, and any past work that may not be up to code. 

Should you add a story to your home or build an addition off your house?

Deciding whether your addition should be a build-up or bump-out depends on several considerations. To best decide, ask yourself these questions: 

  • How much space on my property would I have for a bump out and would I be willing to lose yard space?

  • What are the types of rooms I’m looking to add?

  • Would building up hinder accessibility?

  • Are neighboring homes single-story or multi-story?

  • Will building up add to my curb appeal?

Expanding common rooms, like a kitchen or family room, would require a bump out. Other rooms are more subjective, like a primary suite, a spare bedroom, and bathroom, or a recreational space. If adding onto your Cleveland home to accommodate moving in an older relative, bumping out also makes more sense. 

The decision will likely come down to other questions on the list, specifically the size of your property and comparable homes in your neighborhood.

What Other Questions Can We Help You With?

Our goal is to make the remodeling process as transparent as possible. We understand that you want to feel confident moving forward with a company that you’ll trust with your home’s remodel. At Payne & Tompkins, your experience is the pinnacle to the remodeling process. To learn more about the design-build process, contact us or fill out the form below and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation and share our knowledge about adding a story of addition onto your Cleveland home. 


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