12 Nov Pop Tops And Whole House Remodeling Is Booming In Denver
About a year ago, a Denver Post story ran with the headline, “Good luck, homebuyers. Denver’s housing inventory is lowest in 32 years.” So perhaps it’s not surprising that many metro area families are choosing to renovate their existing homes to get the functionality and extra space they need—and stay in the neighborhoods they love. The good news: If you bought into the market more than a couple of years ago, you might have the equity to make your current house your dream home. Let us show you how.
Done right, a second-story addition—or a “pop-top,” as it’s frequently called—can be one of the most cost-effective ways to expand your single-level home while preserving your yard. Before you choose this route, confirm that your home can handle the structural stress of another floor dropped on top. Check too whether your plans will be subject to extensive design review and approval processes, as is the case in some historic districts. (It’s good to know ahead of time.) Historic Denver, a nonprofit that works to protect and promote Denver’s architectural heritage, has identified five key elements of a successful second-story addition. Here are tips for making one of the most common and contentious home-expansion strategies in Denver actually look good.
Don’t let the addition overwhelm the original house. You can do this by setting it back from the front facade and keeping it proportional to the existing house, rather than simply doubling your home’s size.
Carefully consider your roof form. Try to maintain or repeat the original shape and style, especially if other homes on your block have similar roof forms because rhythm and relationship enhance the quality and character of neighborhoods. You can often maintain your roof form and still gain square footage by adding dormers.
Use materials that are similar in quality, color, and consistency to your existing home. They don’t have to look historical, but they should be complementary.
Be sensitive to the impact your expansion will have on your neighbors, whether it’s respecting their access to sunlight or avoiding the sensation that you are now looking down into their yards or windows
Don’t try to change the architectural style of your home. Instead, use it as your biggest design influence. Nothing looks better than authenticity.