The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Additions

The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Additions

Home renovations and remodeling are an exciting step in being a homeowner, especially for those looking to introduce whole new additions to the house. But it can also be a challenge knowing where to start with the project. If you’re considering adding onto your home in the near future, here are the top do’s and don’ts of home additions. 

Do’s

Do start with a clear design. Adding onto your home is going to need more than just your vision. To get any necessary permits and have the work done properly, you should work with a professional to put your ideas onto paper. Hiring an architect or designer to draw out your design will help give your contractor a clear picture of what you want. You’ll also be able to spot any problems with your idea and adjust accordingly before building begins. Remember, the more detailed the design, the more true-to-vision your addition will come out. 

Do add on to your kitchen. Almost no other home project can raise the value of your property as much as a kitchen improvement. As needs and trends progress, more and more houses feature open and spacious kitchens for entertaining and cooking as a hobby. Be considerate of your future homebuyers and increase your own home-happiness by considering whether a functional kitchen addition is right for your home and needs. 

Do add more bathrooms. Another easy way to add value to a home is by adding in another bathroom or two. For homebuyers, there is no such thing as too many bathrooms. They add functionality to the house and encourage privacy for residents, meaning adding income by renting out a room or two is now a possibility without sharing a bathroom. 

Don’ts

Don’t be stubborn. A home addition is a big undertaking, and even if you have an expertly crafted design for your builders, there’s always the possibility of an unseen problem making itself known. Be prepared and know that in large projects like this, it’s conceivable that not everything will go right. When budgeting time and cost, you should allow for delays and additional costs to prevent any unwanted surprises. 

Don’t go too big. It’s always attempting to bring on high-value additions like bathrooms or a sunroom but doing too much at once could lower your property value. The closer you build to the property line, the more you encroach on yard space. Landscaping, patios, and other outdoor features are just as important to homebuyers as an extra bathroom, so take care not to build so big that potential buyers lose out on outdoor spaces. 

Are you ready to take the next step in bringing a great addition to your home? Contact Gehman Design Remodeling for assistance in bringing great workmanship to your next home project. 

Home Improvement Projects to Leave to the Professionals

Home Improvement Projects to Leave to the Professionals

Summer is definitely one of the best times of the year to take on home improvement projects. Some projects you can tackle yourself safely and easily get the job done. But some should be left to the professionals. Landscaping and cleaning gutters can be taken care of homeowners themselves in most cases, but jobs requiring ladders and technical skills require real contractors. Continue reading to learn about which jobs you should leave to the pros and how you can pull off yourself. 

Bathrooms

A bathroom may seem like a job that you can tackle after watching a few remodeling tv shows and videos online, but there are many complexities that go along with it. Bathroom remodeling consists of baths, flooring, vanities, countertops, cabinetry & more. Unless you’re a contractor, you probably aren’t equipped to handle all of these areas. The many considerations become complicated if your plan goes slightly awry. An experienced contractor has re-done many bathrooms and can plan accordingly, with possible complications in mind. This helps a job go more smoothly.

Windows

New windows are a great value add to any home. They provide you with increased energy efficiency as well as natural light and a myriad of other benefits. They’re among the most popular ways that homeowners look to improve their homes, especially in the summer. If the windows aren’t installed properly, though, they’ll be less efficient than the old windows were. Air leaks caused by an improper seal can happen if you aren’t an experienced window installer. 

Decks

Decks are a great way to add to your home’s outdoor space and extend your entertaining capabilities. They aren’t a very easy installation, though. You often have to ensure that the ground is level prior to beginning. Then you need to install concrete forms or something to support the deck. It takes more than cutting some 2x4s and hammering some nails to build a quality deck. If you want a professional-looking job done, hire a decking design and building contractor. A deck is one of the best ways to improve your home, especially during the summer. 

Painting

One of the most popular DIY projects for homeowners is painting. Some interior painting jobs can certainly be done quickly by homeowners. But larger and exterior painting jobs should be left to the pros. Having neat lines and a clean finish requires a steady hand and years of experience painting. You can tell a professional painting job from a layman’s. 

Contact our team at Gehman Design Remodeling today to get started on improving your home. We can help you with window installations, bathroom remodeling, deck building & more. Call us at (215) 513-0300 or fill out on contact form to get started.