up with The Jones Carrboro Style- "It ain't as expensive
as you think"
In a town where
the smallest, most dilapidated mill house on a postage stamp
size lot can cost over $200,000, the prospect of seeing your
neighbor start construction on that new addition that dwarfs
your house can be terrifying. With a mortgage on your aged
Shangri-La that leaves you teetering on the verge of bankruptcy,
the possibility of adding an addition to keep pace with your
neighbor's gargantuan west wing expansion was, in the past,
a Carrboro landowner's worst nightmare.
But a drive through
Carrboro has shown that keeping up with your neighbors doesn't
have to be expensive. Up until now, you were looking at $150,000
for an 800 sq. foot extension or close to $190 per square
foot- almost as much as you paid for that overpriced, termite
infested rat trap. Now, thanks to the ever-present creative
Carrboro ingenuity that cost has dropped to less than $3 a
sq. foot per month- only a fraction of the $1000 a month you
would pay your bank for the next 30 years.
The Carrboro News,
first to break this story, has documented the outburst of
these new low cost additions to add unlimited square footage
to your residence while on a very limited budget.(All within
two blocks of each other)
Additions are better than One
Here we see a double addition in the well-known side
by side array. This resident wanted to add storage space
as well as enlarge his living space to accommodate his
in-laws. Since he couldn't very well put Grams and Gramps
in with the broken washer, empty bottles and spare engines
a new "duplex" was the perfect solution. Some
people would say that the architecture classes with
the Modern Suburban Americanized Tudor but diversity
is what makes Carrboro what it is.
his addition, he opted for the mobile trailer to store
his outdated water tank and old branch clipping collection.
builder inadvertently forgot to build the garage, it
could have been a reseller's nightmare, but luckily
these duplex additions look like they were part of the
original building. It is only through close inspection
that The Carrboro News was able to recognize that these
Just around the corner from the Duplex Addition is this
lovely addition. Not wanting to flaunt their addition,
the family opted for the oversized utility box look,
hoping to fool the next buyer into thinking that this
property had a highly sought after Status Building Telephone
Utility Box on their property. The Carrboro News was
fooled at first, passing this 'Utility Box' with little
more than a glance. It wasn't until we examined it closely
that it became evident that someone was trying to impress
the neighbors without the neighbors knowing that they
were being impressed..
Addition with Tasteful Class
Of all the additions this one adds the most class to
the neighborhood. Don't let the blue door clashing with
the barn red fool you. This beautiful house will be
the centerfold in a future copy of Architectural Digest
Magazine. Had the owner remembered to check the box
next to "Blue" on the order form The Carrboro
News would never have suspected this was an Addition.
Placed strategically next to the double garage this
two story ranch now includes a two and a half car garage.
To document this
architectural explosion The Carrboro News interviewed hundreds
of residents which comprised of thousands of pages of transcript.
Below is a sample. Names have been omitted to protect the
anonymity of the residents.
1. "I think they're wonderful... I'm gonna get me one".
2. "Two thumbs up for the additions- they go great with
the toilet bowl planters!"