Whether your family is growing, or you simply desire the big chef’s kitchen you always dreamed of, there are plenty of reasons you may want to add a home addition onto your property. Before you start dreaming big, it is important to understand the process that goes into building onto your home.
Decide When to Do It
Decide when the best time will be to complete the addition to your home. If possible, avoid the coldest and warmest months of the year so that you don’t make your home feel too uncomfortable while it’s being worked on. Consider how quickly you need to use the addition, too. If you plan to expand your family and need a new bedroom, you likely have more time than if you were adding on to your kitchen space. However, never rush a project. You could end up with costly mistakes.
Learn Your Building Codes and Property Lines
Most cities and towns require you to have a permit to build onto your home, so make sure you understand what you need to do to legally build your home addition. You must also know where your utility lines are, and if you don’t have a large yard, you’ll want to make sure that your addition doesn’t spill onto the neighbor’s property.
Create Your Budget
Set a budget for your project. If you aren’t careful, it will be easy to overspend. Avoid this by creating a list for your addition and separating it into two sections: must-haves and wants. Spend your money on the things you need for the addition first, adding in any extras if your budget allows for it.
Finally, hire the right help. If your neighborhood requires the exterior of homes look a specific way, it is a good idea to hire an architect to help you design the room addition. Even if you design the room yourself, always hire a professional contracting company to ensure the job is done correctly.