There are many reasons you might be considering a home addition. From growing your family to improving function and everything in between, a home addition can be the perfect solution. Whether you’re looking to expand up or out, a home addition can be a great way to transform your home without the hassle of moving. Is it easier than moving? Maybe not. But when your needs change or you find a less than ideal home in a perfectly ideal location, a home addition might be the right option for you.
Like with any home improvement project, there are some key factors to consider. So, are you ready to take on a home addition project? Let’s find out.
Things to consider with a home addition project
There’s a lot to consider when undertaking any kind of home improvement project. And a home addition, what some might consider the grand slam of home renovations, is certainly no different. Adding on to your existing home can substantially improve not just the function but the value of your home.
What’s your budget?
Adding on to your home is an investment. One that is typically well worth it in the end when you consider your resale value. But it’s wise to get a hard look at your numbers to determine if it’s the right time for this type of project. There are a lot of components to consider when factoring your budget, but the typical cost to build a home addition ranges from $20,895 to $67,460.
Are there building restrictions you need to know about?
The answer here is probably yes. In most cases, there will be building codes and HOA restrictions to pay mind to. The restrictions will vary from area to area, neighborhood to neighborhood, but we would advise doing your research before you get started. You can reach out to your city and county offices for a breakdown of the rules in your area. It would also be a good idea to review your HOA rules or have a discussion with the president of your HOA.
How do you need to prepare?
With any type of home renovation, you will need to prepare for the project. Determine what areas of your home might be affected during the construction process and make a proper contingency plan. For instance, if your home addition project is going to disrupt your kitchen, make a plan for where you’ll set up your temporary kitchen to maintain the function of your home. You may need to make other living arrangements for the duration of the project. Consult with your contractor. If you’ve hired the right person, they will be able to offer you sound advice for your particular project.
Who should you hire?
Who you hire can make or break a renovation experience. We’re sure you’ve heard renovation nightmare stories from your friends and neighbors. Don’t let that be you. It’s important that you take your time and do your research when it comes to hiring your contractor. Speak to trusted friends who have recently had work done to their houses for referrals and recommendations.
You’ll always want to ensure that whomever you are hiring is qualified to build something that will look and feel like part of your house. You don’t want your final result to look like something that was simply tacked on. So the design process is as important as the building process.
We are Meridian Design Build, Ltd. a Charlotte construction company that provides every client with comprehensive, timeless results with an unwavering commitment to quality, character and integrity. Ready to start a project?
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