If you made the best use of the available space in your home and you would like to add an extra room rather than move out, here are some important factors to consider.
Is there room for the new addition?
Building a home addition is only right if you have extra room to spare. If you don’t want to reduce the size of your backyard, then consider building up or down instead of building out. Sometimes it’s impossible to see the full potential of your home in terms of extra space. That’s why you’ll need to hire a contractor who will evaluate the area and tell you if there’s adequate space for a new construction.
Will the addition fix your existing problem?
The home addition should be able to fulfill your existing needs. That’s why you need to choose the right floor plan. If you don’t have extra space at the main level, you can consider adding a second story or renovating your basement. Ensure you won’t face the same issues you were trying to address once the construction is complete.
What is your budget?
Room additions can be pretty cheap or insanely expensive. It depends on the type of construction you are interested in. Adding a room on the main level of a flat property is typically the cheapest form of addition. Call a contractor to discuss your options based on the amount of money you’ve set aside for the construction.
What blends with your existing home?
Whenever you consider adding a room or extra space in your home, choose finishes that will blend perfectly with what’s already in the house. If the existing home has expensive finishes, then you may want to put the addition project on hold until you can afford a matching addition. Otherwise, you’ll have to add a room that doesn’t match with the rest of your home.
Will you solve the space issue with a small addition?
Sometimes you don’t have to go all the way when it comes to room additions. Making small changes in a room can yield huge results, especially in spaces like kitchens. Ask the contractor to exhaust all available options which don’t require a new foundation. This way you’ll spend less time and money on the addition project and still get the results you wanted.
Are you ready to move?
Building ‘up’ or ‘down’ may have one major disadvantage – you’ll have to pack and move out for the construction to take place. For this reason, you may want to consider ‘building out’ because you’ll be able to keep one side of your home functional and save yourself the cost of a temporary move.