3 Things to Consider When Planning for a Home Addition

You know you want to build an addition onto your home, but where do you even start? Whether you’re a first-time homeowner adding an addition to their house or just someone who wants to ensure their addition plan is diligently thought out, we’ve compiled a list of three things for you to know as you embark on your adventure. Home additions add living space to your property and can increase its value, and there are several considerations to keep in mind in the addition’s planning stages:

Is an addition the best option for adding space to your home? What are your key objectives?

An addition isn’t simply added space, it’s a reconfiguration of your home. Are you looking to add a master suite or just to increase the amount of space you have to store things in your home? A remodeling project that repurposes unused space into whatever you’re looking to add may cost significantly less than building an addition. Think about your existing home and if space can be reconfigured. If you determine that an addition is your best option to maximize your living space and enhance your lifestyle within your home, proceed ahead!

Do you have a set budget outlined?

Always start with a budget, and dream up your desired addition after crunching the numbers and figuring out how much you’re willing and able to spend. The budget should dictate the addition’s design. List out your priorities for the addition and spend your budget on these priorities accordingly. It also may be a smart idea to get multiple bids on the project before deciding on a contractor to see what fits within your budget.

How much space do you have to work with?

Does the addition you’re designing fit within your property lines? Being able to build an addition while maintaining a certain distance from your neighbors is normally required by local codes. You need to take into account where your neighbors’ properties begin, where your utilities are located, and how much available space you have to extend outward. In some instances, it may make more sense to build an addition upwards instead of outwards. Don’t take up too much of your outdoor living space when building an addition if you can help it. The more outdoor living space you take up, the more likely you’re going to run into trees, utility poles, and power lines that impede construction.

All of these considerations, and more, are important things to keep in mind when planning for a home addition. Once you have the answers to all of these questions, you’re ready to hire a general contractor and start building!

For more assistance planning an addition or professional remodeling, renovations, painting, restoration, or custom carpentry, contact The Dan Company at (615) 395-6910. Our team is committed to going above and beyond for our clients from start to finish. We are dedicated to building with integrity so you can enjoy the highest quality additions, renovations, or remodeling in your home.