Thinking About Building a Home Addition?
There are lots of reasons why you might think about adding on to your home. Maybe you’re longing for a sumptuous master suite, or your family is growing and you need extra bedrooms and/or bathrooms. Before putting your home addition thoughts into action, be sure to weigh these considerations:
Project Goals and Budget
Make sure that a new addition is the right choice to meet your needs, and whether it’s a worthwhile investment that can add value to your home. Then, plan a realistic budget and how you’ll finance the project.
Addition Size and Scope
Sit down with a designer or architect to develop a workable layout for your proposed home addition that has the right amount of space and your desired amenities. While it’s easy to caught up in figuring out the ideal layout and all the interior details, the addition also needs to blend seamlessly with your home’s exterior design and aesthetic.
Have your existing HVAC system evaluated and ask about your options for heating and cooling the addition. Does your existing equipment have sufficient capacity, is it possible to extend your duct system, or should you opt for independent ductless units?
Plumbing and Electrical
You also need to investigate how to integrate additional living space into your home’s electrical and plumbing systems. Does your existing electrical panel have enough capacity to handle the extra load? Can your home’s plumbing system be extended to serve a new kitchen or bathroom? How will an addition impact your water heating capabilities and household water pressure?
Hiring the Right Contractors
Choosing your plumber, electrician, building and HVAC contractor with care is vital to make your addition project go smoothly and prevent future headaches. Look for well-established contractors who are fully licensed and insured and have a verifiable history of quality workmanship and outstanding customer service.