Things to Consider When Planning For a Home Addition

When you and your family first moved into your new home, everything seemed so spacious. Your kids ran through the halls and played in the living spaces without any hitch. You were able to throw parties and have enough space for all your guests.

As the years went by, however, your kids have grown, and suddenly, everything feels cramped. When you and someone else in your household pass each other in the kitchen, one has to slide sideways or back up just so someone can walk through. One of your kids now wants a room of his or her own. The queue to the house’s sole bathroom is becoming more unbearable with each passing day

When faced with the above situation, you will then be left with the decision to buy a new home or build a home addition. However, before you start breaking down walls, there are several things that you need to consider.

Your budget

It goes without saying that a home addition is going to cost you some money. Of course, the total cost would vary depending on the work you want done. You can expect to spend somewhere between $20,000 to $65,000 for a typical home addition according to If you want to add a large common room to your house, prepare to spend even more. Always check your finances and make sure you can afford the home addition before initiating one.

Your available space

You can dream up any home addition you want, but you will always be limited by your available space. So when planning your home addition, make sure you have enough room for your project. You can build your home out, or you can build on top of your home.  You also have to research existing HOA rules and the zoning requirements in your area so you’ll know which type of addition you can do, or if you’re even allowed to do the construction you have in mind. Study your options and make sure you have the budget to implement your choice effectively.

Prepare contingencies

When there is construction going on in a house you and your family are living in, everyone is going to be bothered by the noise, the workers coming in and out of the house, and all the dust and debris the work kicks up. If the work is being done in a remote part of the house, then it would be more tolerable. However, if the construction work is concentrated in a part of the house that everybody uses on a daily basis, perhaps you should think about temporary housing for everyone until the home addition is done.

Work with professionals

A home addition involves significant building work. Good for you if you know a thing or two about construction, but if you want everything to be done in the most professional manner possible, then the best thing you can do is to get the services of a competent and reputable contractor. Only a licensed contractor has the expertise, skills, and equipment to turn your plans into reality exactly the way you want it.

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This article was written by Victoria Grace. Victoria Grace works as a content specialist for Nucleus Construction. Victoria has written scores of articles about the construction industry. She loves doing other types of writing though, having written several fan fiction short stories that she has submitted to various publications and websites.

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