Home additions are a cost-effective way to add living and storage space to your home. Rather than moving to a larger house, adding an extension offers an alternative to accommodate your changing needs. Consider these three factors when planning to add square footage and value to your home:
1. Refine Your Budget
Do your research and be realistic about your project budget. Refine your budget to help determine what is achievable, particularly regarding the project size and materials you can afford. A project will often be more expensive than anticipated. Note your non-negotiable items, and be prepared to forgo some products and materials on your wish list. For example, you may decide to save money with budget-friendly siding so you may spend a little more on energy-efficient windows.
2. Determine the Purpose
You can extend your home in multiple ways, from building up to bumping out. A home addition can function as a home office or spare bedroom and provide extra storage space. Perhaps you will use the extra space as a music room or gym. Depending on its purpose, consider large double-glazed windows for more natural light and insulation for comfort and soundproofing. Remember to obtain a building permit for your home addition before construction commences.
3. Find the Right Contractor
While it may be tempting to undergo a DIY home addition, this project is best left to the professionals, especially as it will minimize the risk of costly mistakes. Once you have clearly defined your project, be sure to obtain reviews, referrals and estimates from a few local contractors to find the right fit for the job. Ensure you are on the same page with your contractor about work ethic, communications, and project deadlines before you sign the contract.
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