Has adding a room to your house been on your mind recently? If so, you’re in the right place.
Adding onto your home is a big decision, but it can be a smart one if done right. It’s a great option for those who love their home but feel they have outgrown the space. Home additions also have a great high cost-value ratio, although somewhat dependent on your current housing market.
For many, the reasons to build onto your existing house include:
- more kitchen space
- adding a master suite
- expand space for entertaining
- make more room for a growing family
- add a sunroom or deck addition
However, many are not aware that it takes quite a lot of prep work before you’re ready to shovel the first scoop of dirt. If you’re wanting to enjoy a home addition by next year, now is the time to start!
What many homeowners don’t realize is that building a home addition can take a minimum of 6 months of just prep work. It takes a lot of time to properly plan for an addition and to get plans approved, so we suggest you start contacting home addition contractors now.
Why exactly does it take so long? Here’s what the process looks like:
The Process of Building a Home Addition
- Find a contractor that you’re comfortable with! Talk to contractors and find someone that makes you comfortable, because they will be in your life a lot during the remodeling process! Your contractor will either make it a pleasant remodel or not.
- Get an idea of your budget. As a general rule, additions are about $200 to $600 per square foot. Keep that in mind when thinking about what you want versus what you can afford.
- Brainstorm what features you want. Do you want french doors? More natural light? A large bathroom? A walk-in closet? Think of what you’re looking for so you can communicate that with your remodeling contractor.
- Get a quote from your home addition contractor. With your budget and ideas in mind, have your contractor give you a quote to see where they stand. It’s important to be on the same page about things before beginning construction!
- Then, contact an architect to draw up the plans. An architect or even a structural engineer will be able to help construct your plans so that they are built to code, with your safety in mind.
- Finally, submit the plans to the city for approval. Once approved, you will receive a building permit and can begin construction. However, the plans can take 6-9 weeks for approval depending on the size of the project.
Is A Home Addition Right for You?
It’s important to take into consideration how this might affect your daily routine, life, and family. Contractors will be coming in and out of your house on a daily basis for 6-9 months. There’s going to be dirt and a lot of dust. Customers often don’t realize quite the amount of dust.
That’s not to say that we wouldn’t be conscientious of your space and try to minimize the mess as much as possible. But, to some extent, it can be hard to contain. The key is to just take into consideration that building a home addition is not for everyone.
We only want to do the job if it is suitable for you!