People have a variety of reasons for planning a home extension, you may be looking for some additional living space, adding a master bath or just to add value. There’s no question that increasing the square footage improves the resale value of your home. While the reasons for adding more space to your home the actual work is not that difficult. Most people hold off on building their extension because they are intimidated by the regulatory requirements or they are worried about what they think it will cost.
A good building contractor can help you with guidance in getting through the permit processes. They can get through the red tape and take the stress and pressure off your shoulders. They can also help you figure out things like ceiling height, room sizing and construction principals. They can also walk you through a detailed estimate and you may find an extension is not as expensive as you probably think. Here are some things you should remember to discuss with your contractor when you plan your extension.
Things to Keep in Mind:
- Don’t create an unusable space. When you are looking to add a room to your house make sure that it fits with the rest of the house. That means if you are looking to add an additional bedroom but the only space you have is off the kitchen, you may want to re-evaluate. Avoid creating a walk through room or a dumping ground, you won’t be gaining as much usable space as you’d like.
- Make sure you have enough closets and bathrooms. Putting an additional bedroom on your house means a greater demand on the bathrooms and showers. A general rule of thumb is anything greater than three bedrooms and the home should have a master bath or an additional bathroom somewhere else as well.
- Find the right contractor. It goes without saying that you want a highly qualified home building contractor to make sure the whole process runs smoothly. You want to make sure they use quality building materials, in-depth knowledge of regulations and construction along with an attention to detail. Here is a video showing how a good contractor operates.
Adding more space to your home can give you additional living space and dramatically increase the value of your home. After your project is completed and your enjoying your new kitchen, bedroom or man cave…however you choose to use the space, you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.