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Your Home: The Guide

Tips for building an addition to your home

Want an extra bedroom or a larger kitchen? If you’re considering expanding, here’s what you must know.

EVEN BEFORE NATE AND KATIE Maxfield signed their purchase and sale agreement in 2008, they knew the Cape they’d found in Wakefield wasn’t living up to its potential despite its ideal location. “It was in an area where it’s hard to find affordable homes,” says Nate, a designer at Verizon and a freelance game developer for phones and tablets. “We knew it was a good neighborhood to get into. Tightknit, lots of young families, lots of renovations going on.” But at just 1,400 square feet, the four-bedroom house was too small. “We knew we needed more room.”

The solution? Not just one but two additions — one already done, one still to come.

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