When you need extra space and don't want the hassle and expense of moving, a home addition is the ideal solution. In order to make this potentially complicated project go as smoothly as possible there are four important tasks to handle well before the renovation begins.
1) Plan the Layout Carefully
Consider the growing needs of your family and the best use for the new space. Jot down a list of specific priorities and goals that will help you to design all of the added rooms. Traffic flow within and layout of the rest of your home will play a big part. Try to limit hallways and dead space.
If you're planning a kitchen addition you may want to consult a professional kitchen designer for advice and direction. That way you can be confident that the appliances are in the best location and there is enough counter and cabinet space.
2) Consult the Municipality
Whenever you are altering your home (especially structurally) it's important to ask whether a permit is necessary. Contact the local building department and be prepared to provide the drawings and plans detailing the proposed project. This will likely be the first major hurdle in your home addition and can throw a wrench or two into your well thought out plans.
Homeowners might find out that the bathroom addition they were planning will require extensive work on their septic system. Or the size and location of your proposed addition may conflict with the local zoning and by-laws. By providing the project information to the proper departments you can take care of any issues now.
3) Survey Your Property
The location of the addition on your property can be an issue. How is the access for any large machinery needed such as a backhoe or excavator? Will you need to remove fencing, gardens or playground equipment? Factor into your budget the cost of re-landscaping the property after your home addition is completed.
Mark out the dimensions of the proposed addition on your yard to get an idea of any changes in the access and security. Will the driveway or any walkways be changing? You made need to contact the traffic department in your municipality if the access from the road will be altered significantly (this happens most often on a corner lot).
4) Make Necessary Repairs to the Current Structure
This might seem counter productive. Why do you need to make repairs to a home you'll be adding onto anyway? Take care of the things that need to be stabilized in order for the renovation to begin, such as foundation cracks and unsupported walls or ceilings.
If the repair will be covered in part of the addition you don't need to worry. But when the balance of the home may be at risk the moment the renovation begins, you need to act ahead of time.
By putting in the time and effort beforehand to cover these four factors you can ensure a better home addition experience. Reduce the chance of surprises and plan for the optimal size and layout. You'll wind up with fewer gray hairs and a better built home.Posted by: TrustedPros