My House

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Adding Onto My House

New additions to 19th- and early 20th-century houses should be designed as secondary elements or wings that preserve the integrity of the main body of the original house. Additions should never be bigger or wider than the house itself or you’ll wind up with a “McMansion” where the proportions and scale of the traditional house are lost, and the house feels too big or over-scaled for its setting within the neighborhood. Additions may include the construction of a wing – typically on the side or rear, the addition of a second story, or the construction of an ancillary structure, such as a garage, on the site. Additions should reflect the architectural style of the main house body.