The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Additions
When your remodeling project includes a home addition, it’s important that the addition suits both your home’s needs and your personal taste. Following DiFabion Remodeling’s guidelines can help your home addition pay off for you in the long run.
Here are some do’s and don’ts to follow if you’re looking to add space to your home – while also adding value to your house:
- Start with a design – In order to hire a quality contractor or even get the necessary permits for your addition, you will need a solid design and detailed set of plans. Whether it’s a designer, an architect, or a design/build contractor, hiring someone to design your project accomplishes a number of things. A thoughtful design allows you to explore all options, establish a clear scope of work, and avoid potentially costly mistakes.
- Increase the size of your kitchen – Almost any kitchen improvement project will add value to your home. When considering a kitchen addition, ensure that what you’re adding is functional for your current needs and potential needs of future buyers. It’s important to keep the space functional and neutral.
- Add additional bathrooms – Just like a kitchen improvement project, adding additional bathrooms will add value to your home. When adding extra bathrooms, you almost cannot go wrong. Just consult a professional remodeler to ensure that the location and functionality will make sense with your home’s layout.
- Forget about potential problems – It’s entirely possible that your home addition project will not go 100% according to plan. There’s just too much unknown. That’s why it’s important to plan for delays in the schedule and unanticipated additional costs. It’s advisable to allow for a 10-15% emergency fund and a flexible deadline in the event that something unforeseen adds to the costs and timeline of the project.
- Overbuild for the size of your lot – Adding to your home almost always pays off, unless it’s at the expense of your lot size. Adding to your kitchen, adding a sunroom, or adding another bathroom will usually increase the value of your home. However, it’s important to consider that if you build to the edge of your property line, you eliminate the opportunity for landscaping and patio space. Your homeowners association may also have regulations to follow on how far you can build on your lot, so just be aware of any limitations.