Things to Consider When Pondering a Home Addition
When taking the plunge to do a kitchen remodel that
includes a room addition be sure to take some time to
understand how the remodeling process and addition work.
Before you even shop for cabinets or flooring do your
homework. This will help immensely to ensure the project
runs smoothly. When planning a room addition, spending
time looking at all your options and deciding what
choices to make is critical.
For example: where are you planning to lay the room
addition? How large should the addition be? Deciding how
large is an important issue in keeping within the
guidelines of your budget and any zoning restrictions or
codes. How do you want the lay out to be? Do you want to
lose you 100 year old oak tree or tear up your deck
These are all things to consider before you start you
addition. Choosing the right contractor is the number
one thing and his expertise should be in the area of the
design you want to incorporate into your existing home.
Contractors do not all have experience with building
foundations, blending your 1800's home with new
construction and other issues that are sure to come up.
In room additions it is well worth your money to get an
architect involved. The architect is responsible for
preparing floor plan layouts, understanding zoning
issues, kitchen design goals and other issues. Often,
but not always, contractors have their own architect on
staff but it might be wise to just go ahead and hire
Be sure to look for contractors that are used to your
house's style and age. This is particularly important if
you are dealing with an old or historical home. Make
sure he has worked on projects in your area and is
familiar with local zoning codes, is licensed and
insured. Be sure to get the all important referrals and
follow up with checking them out.
Keep focus on your original desire and do not be
sidetracked by other peoples' suggestions for your home.
Remember the original reason you are doing the addition,
how you will use the space and what the top five
priorities are. Always get estimates and list of cost on
everything you are planning on doing so there will not
be any surprises. Your beautiful vision will become a
nightmare if you run out of cash mid stream. keep
everything on track with good timing which is one of the
responsibility's of your contractor. Never rush anything
in your excitement to get things rolling.
Listen to your gut feeling and if you do not feel right
about something stop and give yourself some time to
think about it. You will be glad in the long run with no
"I wished I had listened to my gut!" Knowing why you are
remodeling makes all the difference in how you spend
your money. If you are just flipping a house you might
not have as detailed ceiling fans, light switches, etc.
or top quality appliances. If this is to be your life
time home be sure to buy good quality that you really
want and will be proud of.
This is a big step and should be fun and full of
enthusiasm and not something to be dreaded. Just take
one step at a time and fulfill your vision your way with
the images of many happy years in your home.
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