4 Considerations to Make
Before Adding on To Your
If your family are beginning to outgrow your home, then there are really only two
choices you can make: buy a bigger property or make your existing home larger
with an addition project. If you love your home and its location, adding on to it
could be a more cost-effective way of giving you more space while not sacrificing
the space you’ve come to love over the years.
Home additions have become increasingly popular over the years, and while they
are a great way to create more livable space and increase the value of a home,
there are some important things to think about before making the decision to
take on an addition project:
1.How big should the addition be and what function should it serve?
While you may want to add on to your home to create more space for your
family, it’s still important to think about the type and size of project you want to
take on. Are bedrooms going to be the most important, or would an office help
free up some much-needed space in your home? Naturally, your budget will also
have an impact upon the type and size of addition you choose, so think carefully
about whether you can afford to maintain your extra space once it’s constructed,
and whether you can afford for your energy bills to increase.
● The size of your budget and how far it will stretch
Smaller additions can be achieved on a budget, but whatever your budget is,
make sure that it’s clear before you begin even thinking about the size of the
project. Generally, you’ll need to have at least 20% more money available in case
a problem arises, or the project goes over budget, which can happen for any
number of reasons. Extra expenses can include excavation, the addition of
supporting beams and trusses, insulation and so on.
● What type of contractor will you need?
In many cases, an experienced general contractor will be able to handle every
aspect of the addition project, but depending upon its complexity and whether
structural changes need to be made, you ma