Are you outgrowing your home? Do you find yourself loving your property, but wishing it had something else to offer? An addition is a type of renovation that involves building a new structure attached to your home. It’s popular with homeowners who have outgrown their homes but wish to avoid the hassle of moving.
Additions can be constructed in almost any part of your home. Whether it’s creating a bigger garage, providing more kitchen space, making a new bedroom or more space for another family room, building an addition is a great option for many homeowners.
Here are some of our top tips for designing your new addition:
Have a Clear Idea of What the New Space will be Used For
Building an addition without a clear use is an ambiguous start to the project. When it comes to creating an addition, it’s best to have a solid understanding what the room or extra space will be used for. That way, you can make design decisions based on this specific need rather than arbitrary likes and dislikes.
Create a Wish List
If you are designing your addition with a spouse or partner, it’s important to make sure you are both on the same page design-wise. Making wish lists and ranking them in order of importance is a great way to get started. While all of your ideas may not make it into the final room, it’s nice to get it on paper and collaborate to make the space special for everyone in your home.
Consider Local By-Laws
Building an addition is often a major construction project that requires permits and more. Depending on your area, there may also be building restrictions, laws, and guidelines that need to be respected. Working with a professional architect and construction team will help you get a better idea of what’s legal and what’s not, which brings us to our next point.
Hire a Professional
Many homeowners treat building an addition as a budget project. You may be building the addition to avoid moving and buying a new house, however, cutting costs on the addition simply does not make sense. A team of professionals can help you design and implement your plan. Professionals have years of experience and can ensure that all your plans are up to building and safety codes and you won’t experience any future issues with the workmanship. Many professionals also offer warranties, which are very valuable when building an addition.
Match the Overall Aesthetic of Your Home
Nothing looks worse than a home with a very obvious and obnoxious addition. The best types of additions should look like they were always meant to be there. It should flawlessly match your existing home and simply add where your home was previously lacking.
Call Schloegel Design Remodel Inc. today at 816-361-9669 for more information and help planning and implementing your new home addition.