It is common for people to outgrow their homes. The purpose of additions is to reduce the number of times a person has to move to another house. Through the expansion of the existing footprint, a person can stay in the same home for a number of years without the worry of outgrowing the space. However, before diving into the construction process there are at least three things to consider.
Building on to an existing structure is not cheap. In fact, sometimes the addition can cost more than the project might have cost when included in the original home design. The reason for the discrepancy is that adding the space requires the connection of two structures, one of which is preexisting, with plumbing, electrical, heating, and cooling. Before diving into the planning phase of construction, determine your budget and set realistic goals.
The building of additions creates extensive noise and dust. It can also present several safety issues for anyone deciding to reside in the house during construction. While some projects will not interfere too much with your daily life, you must consider what you can tolerate, and even ask the contractor if they recommend you stay in your house during construction. You are often better off getting a hotel for the duration or staying with a friend.
3. Existing Structures
As an addition that will tie into the existing structure of your house, you must consider that structure when determining the design and budget. You will need to identify any problem points, and hopefully, address any significant issues before construction begins. A contractor can help you determine the feasibility of your plan and budget. It is possible you will need to break your project into several parts.
Additions can add tremendous value and usability to an existing house, but you need to educate yourself on the construction process. Talk with a professional to help you determine the budget and possibilities of your project.