We all want a nice house, perhaps nice enough to impress our neighbors. For some of us, nice means big.
Perhaps it has nothing to do with reputation or your neighbors. Maybe you want a big house because you just need more space.
Either way, home additions might be the best option for you. There is a lot to consider before committing to a home addition, though.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the things you’ll need to keep in mind before renovating your home.
1. How Much is In My Budget?
A well-done home addition can add significant value to your home, but that’s no excuse to go overboard. While you should expect to spend a lot in any case, some rooms cost more than others.
Adding a swimming pool, for instance, may cost upwards of $30,000. Remodeling a room can cost around $20,000, and building another room entirely can cost more than twice that much.
If you prefer renovations to additions, we have a few suggestions for the kitchen.
Know what you want and what you can do. Sometimes a remodel is enough.
2. Cutting Cost on Home Additions
Are home additions really necessary? This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t add to your home, but consider the costs prior to making the leap into a home addition.
You don’t want to spend your entire budget if you don’t have to. Ask yourself what you want to accomplish and bring us in to discuss if there are other ways to do it.
Even if you do move forward with the addition, there are still ways to save money. One of the most expensive parts of any addition is adding on to the structure and foundations of the house. With that in mind, is there a way to build a room without adding to the overall layout?
Is there anywhere with enough extra space to possibly put in a wall and make two separate rooms? Or maybe the garage that isn’t used? There can be options here.
3. Will it Add Value?
Home ownership is a gamble, and everybody wants to come out ahead. For this reason, it’s important to consider whether or not a home addition will add value, should you ever decide to sell.
As a general rule, remodels have a higher return on investment, which is to be expected since they’re less expensive than an addition. The good news is that major changes and additions also have a high return rate, sometimes up to 80%. But be careful in not adding too much square footage compared to the neighborhood. You wouldn’t want to price yourself out of what you could potentially sell your house for down the road.
4. Zoning Laws
Like anything else, home additions need to follow the law. There is a limit to what you’re allowed to build and where.
These laws can cover any number of things, from how close to the limits of your property you’re allowed to build, to what types of land you’re allowed to build on and why.
Some even have laws regarding building materials and what you can use. Bring us in to help you navigate this often complex topic.
5. Does it Clash
An important component of style has always been matching. You can pull off a home addition with almost any type of house, but you have to follow the style of the house. For instance, you shouldn’t add a glass extension to an antique house made of antique wood siding.
The easiest way to match what exists is to mimic the style. Make your additions in the same color and materials of the house, if possible, so it looks natural. Follow natural lines in the siding and roof to really make it complimentary.
Home Additions and What You Should Know
There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to home additions.
If you want to know more about home remodeling, additions and renovations, please visit our site. And if you’re planning on building an addition, give us a call first to provide you some expertise knowledge.