The Many Choices with New Home Construction

4 Tips To Plan For Your Home Addition

Many people are realizing that it is not easy to sell their current home in order to purchase a larger home. The market is too full of foreclosures to get a good deal selling your home. If you still need more space for your family you should consider getting an addition to your current home.

Here are four tips that can help you figure out if an addition will work for you:

Know Your Plot

You need to be aware of your plot size as you begin thinking about your home addition. Making the footprint of your home larger can have issues with building and lot codes. Specifically how far away your home must be from the edge of the plot. Get an accurate plot plan for your property and know the codes that apply to your home. You may need to add a second story instead of a room off the back. 

Budget, Budget, Budget

Talking about money isn't always fun, but you need to know what your budget is for the project. How are you getting the money to complete the work? Do you need a home equity loan, or are you paying for everything in cash?

As with any building project you want to have some wiggle room. That means that you need to plan to have an extra ten to twenty percent on top of your budgeted plan for incidental and unexpected costs.

Talk to Architects

An addition is a custom job, which means it needs a custom plan. Talk to several architects about where and how they would include an addition to your current home. Make sure that your vision and the vision that the architect have are the same.

Ask your architect for recommendations for contractors that can do the work. You want to work with a contractor that is familiar with additions. It may seem like anyone that can build a new home can build an addition, but there is extra work and considerations that go into putting in a successful addition. It is best to only work with contractors that are experienced in this type of job.

If you plan to work with a specific contractor then make sure that they have an architect as part of their team to create the plans for your home addition.

Evaluate Your Utilities

Are you going to need to change your HVAC system if you install an addition or can your system handle the added space? How will the changes affect your electric footprint in the house or your plumbing system? Building an addition is about more than just adding square footage and you need to make sure that you have all your ducks in a row before you begin.

To learn more, contact a company like George Walker Construction with any questions or concerns you have.


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