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I have some ideas for an addition I want to build on the side of our ranch style house - we need the room and it is too expensive to buy bigger in our neighborhood (which we love). I can build the addition myself (with the exception of plumbing & some electrical) so that part is covered. However what is not clear to me is design. I don't know if what I'm thinking is really creating a Frankenstein or enhances the look of what I'm doing.
My goals here are two fold:
1. Increase the size of the house. Currently the ranch we live in is about 1,000 sq.ft. The addition we plan would be for a dining room / family room on the first floor & a master B/R & study on top.
2. Increase the beauty of the house. This shouldn't be difficult - this house is very plain looking and not at all eye pleasing.
I've attached two files - the first is a picture of the existing structure from the front. The second is something I found online of what I'd like to do. The addition would be to the right - adding lots of space. It would be offset from the exisitng house and be gabled at a different angle. In addition, we could add a long porch to the front of the house, further enhancing the look & adding a nice function (sunny in front).
Any opinions? We are really in the early phases of this - I want to avoid something that just would look right from the exterior.