Questions to Consider Before Adding a Room to Your Home

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 by Danny Peterson

Would you like to live in a bigger house? Good news: You can—and you don’t even have to move! Call a contractor to knock down a few walls, lay a new foundation, and whip you up a new room. What could be simpler, right? Well, of course, it’s not quite so simple at all. Don’t misunderstand: A room addition can be a tremendous way to add value and functionality to your home. With that said, it’s definitely not going to be a small-scale project. It will take time and commitment, and it really should come with some thought put into it, as well! As you think about adding a room, think about the following questions? Why do you want to add a room? Do you need more space or could there be an easier way for you to accomplish your goals? Some homeowners simply feel like their home is too closed-off, without enough open space for the family to sit and be together. An addition might address it or you may also knock down a wall in your kitchen inviting a more open concept. You also need to ask the why question to get at our next question—namely, what kind of room should you add? Should you add a great room? A home office? A bedroom? Or what? You want to make sure you’re able to use your new room for its intended purpose. That your life is actually enriched by the addition. You don’t want to add a bedroom, only to realize that what you really wanted was a family area. Something else: Make sure you’re adding something that will actually enhance the value of your home. A great room will do that, and an additional bedroom might as well. A home office? Not so much. Do you have the space for an addition? Adding space to your home means taking space from somewhere else. Specifically, it means taking a bite out of your yard. Is this something you’re willing to do? Do you have enough yard space to spare? Think about where, on your home, you want to expand. If the yard there is covered in trees, or has a steep downward grade, then you may have some additional grading and landscaping work to do before you’re ready for the addition. What kind of budget do you have? A home addition is an investment in the overall value of your home. You will invest something on the front end. Speak with a contractor to try to get a feel for the typical cost and financial scope of a home addition; make a budget and stick to it! When would you like to have the project completed? If the answer is soon, then you may want to get plans drawn apply for a building permit from the county and city; this is the kind of project that will require a permit before you can start work! Who will assist with your home addition?You’re going to need a lot of skilled professionals for this one—a roofer, an electrician, and HVAC guys, to name just a few. More than anything, you want to make sure you have a good, trustworthy, and experienced contractor running the show—someone to whom you feel comfortable communicating your vision, and someone who’s willing to shoot straight with you about what you can expect!

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