Congratulations on finally deciding to create the perfect home addition for your family! You have a lot of work ahead of you, but if you design a plan and work closely with your contractor, you will have a beautiful home addition before you know it!
Here are 4 things to take into consideration when planning your home addition:
- Determine the Strength of Your Home: When you are building a room next to your home that is not attached, you will not need to be as concerned about the strength of your foundation and the rest of your home. However, if you are planning a home addition that is attached, you need to make sure that your home and foundation are strong enough to support it. If they are not, then you will need to change your plans as to what you can do.
- Understand Where Your Property Lines Are Located and Know Your Building Codes: Before you create a design and plan for your new home addition, you will need to know where your property lines are located. In most areas, you cannot build within a certain distance of these lines. We recommend that you talk to your zoning department to see what the guidelines and regulations are for your area, as that will let you know what size your addition can be, where it can go, and how it can be used. This will also come in handy when you are obtaining the necessary permits for the construction of your home addition.
- Consider the Layout of Your New Home Addition: Constructing a home addition is a little more difficult than putting up a few walls and adding a ceiling and a floor. You will need to know where everything is going to go and that includes any electrical wires and pipes for plumbing. To make your life easier, we recommend trying to place certain things in areas where they can easily be hooked up to existing systems, as it will save you money and time.
- Allow the New and Old to Blend Seamlessly: We strive to make sure that all the home additions that we do match the existing structure as closely as possible. This can be done by matching the colors and materials of the items in the new space to the ones in the old space or by selecting ones that complement them perfectly.
Home additions can be challenging, as there are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind as you are going through the process. However, if you take these four things into consideration as you are designing and building your home addition, you will find that it is easier than you ever thought. And, before you know it, you will be ready to use that new space to its full potential!