There are many factors one needs to consider before committing to building an addition to their home. Here are 4 questions you should ask yourself before making this decision:
1. What is your budget?
Adding on to your home can be a costly endeavor, so it’s important to figure out how much money you’re willing to spend before getting started. Talk to different contractors and get multiple estimates for the work that needs to be done. Make sure to include the cost of materials and permits in your budget as well. Knowing if you can even afford a project like this beforehand will help make the situation a lot less stressful for all involved.
2. Do you need planning permission?
Before you start construction on an addition, it’s important to find out if you need planning permission from your local municipality. Depending on the size and scope of the project, you may need to submit a proposal and get approval before proceeding. You may also need certain permits to build your addition. Make sure to also check your local zoning laws to see if you can even build an addition. You may have to get your home rezoned in order to move forward with your plans.
3. What is the purpose of the addition?
Before you start planning your home addition, it’s important to think about what the space will be used for. Take a look at your current layout and think about how you could use additional square footage. Do you need an extra bedroom or bathroom? Are you looking for a larger kitchen or living room? Maybe, you’re thinking about adding a basement or cellar? Perhaps you want to add a wrap around porch? Regardless of your needs or wants it is important to make sure you have an idea, maybe even a written out plan for your project. Once you have a good idea of the purpose of the space, you can start thinking about different designs and layouts.
4. What is the timeframe for the project?
Building an addition can be a time-consuming process, so it’s important to set a realistic timeline for the project. Talk to your contractor about how long the construction will take and make sure to factor in any delays that could occur. You may need to temporarily move out of your home while the work is being done, so it’s important to plan for that as well. Make sure you have a solid timeline in place before getting started on your home addition. Improper planning could make the project last a lot longer than originally planned.
Building an addition to your home can be a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful one. By asking yourself these four questions, you can help make the process a lot smoother. With proper planning and preparation, you can create the home of your dreams. If you need help deciding on your next home renovation project, and you need a company that is willing to walk you though the steps and make sure you get exactly what you need and want, JC Smith LLC has got you covered. With over 10 years of being in business and a team of renovation and construction experts, we can help you build your dream home. Contact us today!