Room Add On or Room Add In?

Are you considering the pros and cons of adding in to an existing room or maybe doing a whole new room add on? If your family is growing and you are feeling the squeeze in what once seemed like a spacious enough home then you might be entertaining the following three home remodeling project options.

Lots of folks in Poway are thinking about room additions to their homes. Either going outwards (single story) or upwards (second story) with new room additions. But there is another lesser known option. Have you thought about “add ins”? This is where you add a room into into existing floor plans such as an internal room addition. There are lots of ways to do this. Some examples include,

There are many benefits to adding internal rooms instead of adding on new rooms. And vice-versa too. It all depends on your want, needs, budget, and your expectation. So let’s explore some of your room addition options.

Exploring Your Options

1) Adding in to you home, making smart use of already available space.

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Room add ins include: Garage conversion (into bedroom, game room or office), loft conversion, splitting a great room into two separate rooms, bathroom additions, master bedroom conversion, office conversions, bonus rooms, built in entertainment centers, kitchen remodeling and expansion, etc. The ideas are limitless.


  • More space to enjoy and grow into.
  • You stay in the same home you know and love.
  • A lower home remodel cost
  • Less noise and dust during construction
  • Also there is less involved in obtaining necessary building permits.


  • The loss of previously open spaces that gave the room (or house) an “open” feeling.

2) Adding onto your home, making it larger with a room add on.

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Example of “Adding On” with external room addition.

Room add on (AKA room additions). You can add a second story, or a room new bedroom, or another garage, the possibilities are only limited by how high and how wide you can go on your property.


  • More space to enjoy and grow into.
  • You stay in the same home you know and love.
  • More privacy.
  • Higher resale value.


  • Displacement during construction.
  • Possibly upsetting noise sensitive neighbors,
  • Higher home remodeling cost.
  • Loss of yard space if expanding outward.

3) Move into a larger home (if you don’t like options 1 and 2).

This option may or may not include a home expansion remodeling project but let’s face it, there will certainly be personalizing involved. While moving to a new home is an exciting option it comes with a much higher cost. Plus all the hassles of moving; such as, new numbers, maybe putting the kids in a new school, leaving memories behind, and the potential of your new neighbors being less than hospitable toward you.

Example of adding in to your home: Loft Addition

Common themes in Poway and San Diego county homes include high vaulted ceilings in downstairs living rooms, dining rooms and family rooms. While these are ascetically pleasing, and can promote a large sense of space, they can waste available living space.

Loft additions are popular right now!

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A loft conversion room add on can transform your unused wasted empty high vaulted ceiling space or attic space into a functional loft room or living area. After all, you already have the space there, right? It’s just waiting to be developed and used. Creating a loft also tends to cost less because instead of adding to the house, you will be working within its existing dimensions and foundation.

Some like the high vaulted ceiling look. I get it. It’s spacious, airy, and feels less confining as you enjoy open space above you. But with any home design there are drawbacks. A high vaulted ceiling is open unused space that could be used for living or storage. A high ceiling also cost more to heat in the winter because heat rises. It therefore take s that much more heat before it reaches comfortable levels near the ground.

Vaulted ceilings also cost more to cool in the summer because where there is a high ceiling there is usually less insulation. Sure you can get a layer or two in a vaulted roof, but a crawl space attic offers far more space for insulation.

Custom Closets

When considering you next home improvement project take some time to think about having walk-in custom closets made for your home. A custom closet can be an add on or an add in. A large custom walk-in closet can seem like a room addition! Storage space is important, especially if you have a big family, lots of kids, or just have a bunch of stuff. But nowadays, having big empty spaces isn’t enough. I think if there aren’t walls around it, open space could be wasted space. That’s why it’s useful to organize with shelves, racks, drawers, and cabinets built in to save space and keep clean.

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You don’t have to settle for whatever space currently exists in your homes. If you need more, add it. If it doesn’t exist, build it!

You want walk-in closets built for function, quality, durability and you want it look good in your home. Add to the décor, not stick out like a sore thumb. This is where a good construction contractor like us comes in. We also have a superb design team as well. That way it’ll work well ascetically and functionally. We can modify an existing closet internally, or expand it. Or make a walk-in closet by room addition, either internal or external. Or build an entirely new one where none stood before; bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, hallways, or even under stairs. The sky is the limit with our collective creativity.

Top 5 Benefits of HK Construction Custom Closets:

  • Best closet design. We’ll come up with a design that suits your needs the best.
  • Custom work. If you have a design in mind then we can build it to your specifications.
  • Quality construction. We’ve been doing this for 25 years and we’re quite good at it.
  • The price is right. We always work within your budget and try to avoid surprise expenses.
  • Fast service. Our crews work quickly and efficient. We don’t cut corners to save time, we get it done right the first time.

Giving yourself more room for storage with a custom closet can really open up your home. Get that clutter out of the main areas and into a neat storage closet system that you truly can be proud of. What are you going to do with all that extra space?

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Sample walk-in closet shown for illustration. We can build whatever you want.

When you hire HK Construction you are getting a professional design and construction team. We make sure your needs and best interests are completely met. A happy customer is the bomb to us! And also, a happy customer will tell their friends. We really do appreciate all the great testimonials and referrals we’ve been getting. So call us for a free custom closet quote and/or consultation.

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If you move to a new home we can help with your home remodeling project to make it a perfect fit for your family. If you want to add on or add in to your existing home we are happy to help transform your current home into a larger living area that suits your new growing needs. No matter which option you choose HK Construction can help. Call us for a free cost savings analysis between the three choices outlined above. We’ll give you our best recommendation so you can make a well informed decision.

Since 1996, HK Construction has developed an unmatched reputation for quality, integrity and professionalism. As a family-owned and operated business with 1,000’s of satisfied customers, we’re proud to consistently meet and frequently exceed our customer’s expectations. So therefore we have reviews and testimonials of our good works spread all over the internet. Just Google us!

Finally, our hallmark is that we do really good work for a very fair price. When it comes to attention to details and communication, our project managers are thorough, extremely detailed, courteous, and caring of your wants and needs. Call HK Construction for a complimentary assessment of your home’s open space area so you can know what the costs involved might be.


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Please feel free to use any of the methods on this page to contact us regarding your room add on or room add in needs. Ask about getting a free home remodel consultation. We will respond to your request within 24 business hours.

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Owner: Marc Gieselmann
Location: Poway, CA.

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