Adding onto your home can be the perfect way to update your living space without having to move. With that being said, building an addition is no easy task. It takes a substantial amount of time, energy, and resources to bring an add-on from start to finish. Before you dive in, there are some questions you should consider. Here’s what you need to ask yourself before building an addition.
WHAT IS MY END GOAL?
Each home remodel is different, so it’s important to assess your situation before you dive in. Additions can solve a lot of problems, but they aren’t always the most strategic or effective answer. Additions can be used for any of the following, but remember to consult your remodeling company to see if there may be an alternative way to achieve your goal:
- Have a larger living space
- Make your home feel more open
- Alter exterior appearance
HAVE I CONSIDERED REWORKING THE EXISTING LAYOUT?
It’s not always possible, but sometimes there are alternative solutions to adding on to your home that can accomplish your same basic goal. One primary way to do so is to rework your existing layout. For example, if you want to have a larger living space, you may be able to rework your existing layout to more effectively use the floorplan of your home. If you want to make your kitchen feel more open, you may be able to simply tear down a few walls to do just that. If you want a change to the exterior of your home, it can be adjusted without completely starting from scratch. Sometimes this can be difficult to see, especially if you’ve been living in the home as it is for some time. To brainstorm alternative ideas, work with a remodeling professional. It may be that an addition is the only way to achieve your vision, but without considering alternatives, you’ll never know!
WILL THE ADDITION ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME?
Having a giant playroom for your children may seem like a major priority right now, but in terms of resale value, it may not be particularly useful. If you do decide to build an addition, be sure that you’re using it for a functional, versatile space. Doing so will allow you to enjoy it in the present and get the most value from it in the future.
ARE THERE ZONING RESTRICTIONS I NEED TO CONSIDER?
Most areas have municipal codes that set specific parameters for residential building projects. You’ll need to research these for your city or county to find out if there are any restrictions that apply to you. The last thing you want to do is dream up a plan and all but break ground before you find out it’s not even possible. If you’re uncertain of the zoning codes in your area, contact a reliable building company, and they can help you work through them.
DO I HAVE A TRUSTWORTHY BUILDER TO WORK WITH?
A reliable remodeling company can make all the difference when it comes to building your addition. Shoddy craftsmanship, inattention to detail, and cheap materials will all but ruin your vision for the new space, so it’s important to find a company that can execute your plan with skill and expertise. Having a partner to work through the remodel with will allow you to get the most out of your addition and see it through to the dream space you’ve always wanted.
Remodeling is a major undertaking, especially if it involves an addition. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone. For homeowners in the greater Boston area, the team at Thomas Buckborough and Associates is ready to make your home a dream again. Our design-build services are exactly what you need to whip your home into shape. Schedule your remodeling consultation now!