In 2018 alone, more than 5.34 million existing homes sold to new owners. Since those homes were already built, many of those new homeowners had to settle on floorplans that weren’t quite ideal or big enough for their needs.
If you’re one of them, you know how frustrating it is to live in a home that’s lacking in square footage and features. Adding on to your house gives you the chance to turn the house into your dream home.
Like all home renovation projects, new additions take a lot of planning to do them right. Here’s a simple guide to help you better understand what to expect during the process.
You Need a Firm Idea of What You Want
Simply adding on to your house won’t make the space more livable or right for your family. You need to think about how you want to use the new addition before you speak with a contractor and start exploring your home improvement financing options.
No matter what you decide to build, it needs to fit with your family’s unique needs. For example, if you’re having another child, the design will be different than if you were building on a home office.
Once you know what you want, you’ll be able to discuss ideas with your contractor and can move forward.
You May Not Need a Full Addition
Building a new home addition is always an option, but it’s far from the only option. It’s often possible to simply remodel an area of your home to create the space you need.
In some situations, this can save you money and time.
If you’re considering an addition, speak with your contractor to see if a remodel may be a better choice. They’ll be able to tell you which option will fit your needs best.
You Need to Work with an Experienced Pro
Trying to build a home addition on your own is virtually impossible. Remember, you need to know the zoning laws, acquire building permits, and make sure the addition is up to code in order for it to be legal.
Experienced contractors can take care of this for you. All you’ll need to do is finalize the design with them.
Expect Interruptions During the Build
When you’re adding on to a house, the construction project will, inevitably, impact the interior of your home. This is the case for any remodel, even when they’re minor.
Make a plan for those interruptions. If you need to find an alternative place to stay for a few weeks, start making arrangements before work begins.
Your construction team will do everything they can to keep the dust and dirt contained to the worksite, but if you plan on staying in the house, some dust will make it into the rest of your house. Know that you may have to factor in additional cleaning time during the project.
Final Thoughts on Adding on to Your House
Adding on to your house is a wonderful way to make the space yours while also improving the overall property value. Before you start dreaming about the finished product, make sure you understand what you’re wanting to achieve.
When you’re ready to bring your vision to life, schedule a consultation with our team. We’ll help you transform your house into your dream home.