After spending a weekend binging HGTV and shows like Fixer Upper, you might feel inspired to start a house addition project. But there’s quite a bit that goes on behind the scenes. We agree, it would be pretty nice for a renovation project to be as simple as they seem on TV. So, here’s how to plan your house addition project to make it almost as easy as it seems on TV.
How to plan your house addition
We’ve all heard the tired expression: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. But when it comes to a renovation project like a house addition, it rings true. So, how do you plan for a house addition?
Determine your property line
Did you know that local codes have restrictions when it comes to how close you can build to your neighbor? With that in mind, you’ll want to establish a plan considering any landscaping and the location of the utilities.
Consider your floor plan
You’ll want to be sure to work with a skilled residential designer or architect here. Don’t already have someone in mind? Get in touch. But what you’ll want to do is consider the structure and the floor plan of your home. You want to ensure that your house addition adds value and functionality to your home, but you also have to like how it looks!
Establish your budget
House addition projects aren’t cheap. But they can be done cost-effectively. Take some time to establish a budget you’re comfortable with. While doing this, be mindful of what you can and can’t live without, which sacrifices you’d be willing to make, your design taste and the materials required.
For reference, the average cost of a house addition project is about $41,000. Now, that’s an aggregated national number that doesn’t take many specifics into account like the size and scope of the project.
Consider the rest of your home
It’s tempting to go hog wild with upgrades with your house addition project. But it’s important to consider the style of the rest of your home. There’s nothing worse than completing a beautiful new addition only to discover it looks (and feels) entirely out of place in your home.
If you’re planning to update the rest of your house, be mindful of your design decisions and be sure to carry them throughout the home. We strongly advise working with a designer for this.
If you aren’t planning to update the rest of your house, try to match the flooring in the addition to the room leading into it. Bear in mind, it will be next to impossible to match the flooring exactly unless the floors throughout the rest of your home are relatively new. All flooring material fades and gets dirty over the years, so just do the very best you can.
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