4 Popular Home Additions | St. Louis, MO

While home additions such as an outdoor deck or a garage can instantly add resale value to your home, other types of home additions are made simply to satisfy the current homeowner.

Home additions that require construction may also require a permit. Permits are the way a state regulates construction practices within its jurisdiction.

The home upgrades and additions that may not require a permit are:

  • Fences six or fewer feet high
  • Platforms
  • Decks 30 or fewer inches high
  • Plumbing work
  • Electrical work
  • Upgrading or replacing fixtures

While the home upgrades listed above are fairly common, they’re not the most popular.

Here is a list of the four most popular home additions.


A Jacuzzi is one of the most popular home additions partly because of the high-powered water’s ability to rejuvenate, refresh, and relax the user. Jacuzzis assist (and in some cases speed up) the healing process of muscle aches, back pain, and other injuries. Other Jacuzzi use benefits include improving your flexibility, increasing muscle endurance, and soothing the stress of high blood pressure patients.

The water jets in a Jacuzzi also help alleviate fatigue by aiding the release of endorphins into the body while allowing harmful toxins to leave the body.

Jacuzzis vary in price from just under $1000 for basic units to over $14,000 for a top-of-the-line model.

Adding a Jacuzzi to your home can provide multiple health benefits for years to come!

Home Sauna

The heat produced in a sauna provides your skin with several benefits. As the temperature in a sauna rises, the heat causes your blood vessels to dilate. The increased blood flow helps your muscles relax.

As your heartbeat speeds up, you get a mild cardiovascular workout while sitting in the sauna.  Also, the profuse sweating (caused by the heat) helps toxins exit from your body.

Introductory-level home saunas can be purchased for a little over $1000, a small investment for increased health benefits.

Swimming Pool

You don’t need an Olympic-size swimming pool to make a splash in the world of home water sports.  Swimming pools come in a wide range of styles from in-ground to indoor.

Starter swimming pools, such as the above-ground Intex Ultra Frame 16-foot set, can be obtained for $620.  Yet, more elaborate in-ground pools can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Free Spirit Spheres

A Free Spirit Sphere may be the most awesome home addition on this list! Free Spirit Spheres are round, ball-looking, single rooms that can be added to the back, side, or even a tree on your property.

The spheres can be ordered with a range of amenities including water and heat.

While Free Spirit Spheres can cost as much as $6500, you can pay as little as $25 to stay in one during a camping or hiking trip.

Home additions can both personalize and add personality to your property.  What popular home additions would you add to the list above?  Leave a comment and join the dialogue!


Written by: Jonathan Slappey

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