Questions to Ask Before
Creating A Home Addition
A fantastic way to create space and improve the functionality of your home, an
addition can be a positive choice for many homeowners, but there are some
questions you should ask yourself before you decide to create a home addition:
Q. Will it fit in with your neighborhood?
If you’re living in a starter home neighborhood of first-time buyers, a home
addition may make it hard for you to sell your home further down the line, and
buying a larger home elsewhere might be a more lucrative solution.
If you’re not living in such a neighborhood, on the other hand, a well thought out
and soundly constructed home addition could easily see you selling your home
for a profit.
Q. Does your proposed home addition fit with the rest of the house?
Do you want your addition project to blend seamlessly with the rest of your
home, or do you want to make a statement with it, and introduce new,
complementary materials coupled with a modern, innovative design? A detailed
conversation with your architect and construction company should help you
resolve this issue and answer your design questions.
Q. Have you planned it well enough?
Try to ask yourself what you want from your home addition, before you think
about possible design and budgetary constraints. Nowadays, there are solutions
to almost every construction challenge, and you may not need to compromise on
what you really want from your home addition. Plan well, communicate with
your architect and construction company, and allow for input from other
members of your household; never rush into a home addition.
Part of the home addition planning process is to check whether your plans meet
city, state and zoning requirements, and you’ll need to reach out to your local
Q. Is your chosen contractor experienced enough?
A great construction company may still not have enough experience with your
particular type of home addition, so be sure to check their level of experience
before you decide to work with