Considering a home addition is an exciting prospect for many homeowners. Ideas about that new sunroom, or the den with the amazing sports bar/office combo that you’ve always wanted can fill your head and soon they will run away with you. While we admire your zeal, we must offer a word of caution: Don’t let your passion keep you from seeing some very important considerations.
If you are short on space and moving isn’t an option, then a home addition may just be what the doctor ordered. It is also a great option if your home is lacking a key element like a spare bedroom or family area. Homeowners can sometimes get wrapped up in the glamour of the home addition process, envisioning gorgeous spaces that will all but pay for themselves by adding value back into the home. But these visions, while enticing, can lead to some pitfalls. As your home addition experts, we think that choosing to add an addition can be a major investment, but you should always approach these types of projects with your eyes open. Here are a few things to keep in mind before entering into the home addition process.
Have a Game Plan
One of the first things you will want to do at the beginning of the process will be to define exactly what you will need in an addition. Ask yourself the following questions: What makes the most sense for my situation? How much space will make the difference? What needs does the space need to fulfill? Rather than just stating “I need more kitchen space,” you should approach your project with a specific plan in place. That way, you won’t get carried away by all the wonderful ideas you find online and you will be able to present your contractor with a more solid plan.
It is also beneficial, both for you and your contractor, to be educated when entering into the home addition process. Take some time to learn about the types of additions and be able to understand the estimates and the costs associated with certain types of projects.
Types of Additions
Just as a “for instance,” here are a few examples of the types of additions available from most contractors.
- First Floor Additions: These are additions that add entire rooms to the first floor of your home. This is one of the most common home additions and they will certainly add space, but be aware that it will likely minimize your yard space outside your home.
- Second Story Additions: Just what it sounds like, the second story addition is one completed on the second floor of your home. This will increase the space in your home without sacrificing additional yard space.
- Bump Out Additions: If you need to take out (bump out) a wall to increase the space in a room, be aware that it will only be a limited amount of space that can be added. Also, it is important to be aware of the structural integrity of the wall being removed; taking out a load-bearing wall could have nasty consequences.
- Dormer Addition: This type of addition is suited to homes with steep rooflines. It is relatively affordable and can go a long ways towards improving your home’s overall curb appeal.
The cost of any project is dependent upon several factors. Things like the quality of materials used, the number of laborers involved, the type of addition, as well as the current condition of the home will all factor into the overall cost. Be sure to get an educated estimate on the cost of the project from your contractor so that you can plan accordingly and won’t be surprised by your bill later on.
Cross Your T’s and Dot Your I’s
Some counties and cities require you to get approval for certain types of home additions. For instance, if you live in the city, you will likely need to get approval beforehand if you decide to build any sort of agricultural structure in your backyard (just as a for instance). There may also be limits to how high certain buildings can go or, if you are a part of a covenant neighborhood, there may be limits on the types of buildings or facades you can have installed. Always be sure to educate yourself on these aspects before beginning any project. Failing to do so can be the source of a major headache as well as some costly repairs, remodeling, or even demolitions if the structure has to be removed.
Quality Service You Can Trust
At the Chester County Addition Company, we treat your home as if it were ours. Our team will work with you exclusively throughout the process, ensuring that your ideas and designs are incorporated into each project you begin to improve your home. For more information or to receive a free estimate, contact us today.