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.