If you feel you’ve maxed out the space in your home and it’s time to add on, there are numerous things to take into consideration. Progressive Builders breaks down 7 questions you will need to ask yourself as you prepare to build out.
1. Build Out, Up or Down?
Depending on the size of your property, local building codes and the structure of your house, you will first want to determine if you want to add on with a higher story, dig down to expand or create a basement, or build out from the sides of the home. If your property allows, building out is typically the most cost-effective solution.
2. What Space Do You Have to Work With?
Taking stock of the space available for the build-out is a key part of the planning process. Can you add on to the front, sides or back of your house? Are you willing to shrink your backyard for more room inside? Understanding the space you are working with and where your priorities are will help in the decision-making process.
3. Will the Addition Satisfy You?
One of the most important things to think about is how the addition will satisfy your needs and goals. Will it solve your space issues or create room for more? It’s important to consider whether you simply need a bigger home or if an add-on will satisfy your current need.
4. How Well Do You Know the Local Building Codes?
Before you add on, you must understand what you can and can’t do with your property. There may be city ordinances or neighborhood HOA restrictions preventing you from doing certain things. Talk with your contractor and architect (and maybe even some neighbors who have added on) before starting with any plan to build out.
5. How Much Will It Cost?
Everyone wants to keep their costs under control, and the costs of many add-ons can add up quickly. Consult with the architect and general contractor who will be doing the addition. They can help you understand any structural challenges you might face and give you a better idea of what it may cost to complete your addition, while offering options to cut costs where possible.
6. Will it Match?
Anytime you are thinking about adding on, it’s vital that the new part of the structure is cohesive with the original house in terms of design, architecture, materials and overall style. Sometimes a simple add-on can lead to an entire house makeover.
7. What is the Simplest Solution?
As with anything in life, sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. When it comes to home additions and remodeling, the main level build-out is usually more cost-effective than going up or down. You may also consider what’s called a “bump-out,” which is like a bigger bay window that will require no new foundation. Figure out what will achieve the added space you desire without overspending your time and money.
These are just a few questions to consider when thinking about adding on to your home. For more help with house additions, build outs and remodels, turn to Progressive Builders for honest advice, quality work, and cost-effective solutions. Contact us today for more information.
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