Things to Consider When Adding a New Room

Whether you have been living in your San Diego home for years or have just moved in, perhaps you are beginning to notice that you could use some more space to live more comfortably. Maybe your family grew, or perhaps you merely desire to have more area to move around in. Whatever the case may be, if your home is a place you do not want to move out of any time soon, then a home additions project might just be your perfect solution.

Adding a whole new room to your San Diego home can be both exciting and overwhelming all at once. Because this very well might be your first time doing a home additions project, below are some fundamental things to really think about to be fully prepared walking up to the construction starting line.

How Much Do You Want to Spend?

Your budget should always be the first thing to go over before pulling the trigger on a new room addition. As a general rule of thumb, the average 300 square foot house addition is about 70 to 90K, which is undoubtedly a large chunk of change. Of course, the cost will vary from project to project, but just be prepared that it is probably going to be more than what you expect. For the most accurate price for your needs, consult a contractor who can go over your personalized details to develop a quote.

Are there Building Restrictions?

Regardless of whether you live in San Diego or not, there will always be some form of restrictions that you will need to cover before picking up a hammer. These restrictions can change from neighborhood to neighborhood. So be sure to check in with your city or town to see what the rule breakdown looks like.
For reference, you can find the San Diego codes and restrictions here.

Should You Build Up or Out?

For the purpose of this article, let's say you want to add a new bedroom. You know the size you want and its entire purpose. Now you need to figure out if it would make more sense to build it up or build it out. Building out can save you some money in a broad sense because it is easier to build on the 1st floor. On the flip side, going up might mean you need an structural engineer due to the complications that could arise building in the air rather than on the ground. Also building on the 2nd floor can create some ripple effects for the area under the new 2nd story addition.

Are There Any DIY Projects You Can/Want To Do?

You may not have the ability to complete the home addition like a professional contractor would, but think about your skills and what you could do for free yourself. For instance, if you want to build a new room, are you willing and able to do some demo yourself? Just by doing this could save your hundreds of dollars in labor charges. Other things you could do could include painting or installing pre-made cabinets. By employing some sweat equity, you may be able to afford another element of the project.

Conclusion – A Lot of Effort, But Worth It

When it comes to home expansions, no matter what type of room you are looking to add, always keep the above point in mind when planning out your course of action. In the end, you want to have all your bases covered, and diving deep into the details is what is going to make the process much more seamless in the long run.

So, go ahead and get excited about your new home expansion ideas and contact us, K-Co Construction, to make it a reality. In the end, you will not only expand your floor plan and fulfill your vision, but you will also increase the value of your house as well, making this a win-win scenario. Ultimately, as long as you do your due diligence beforehand and nail down the fine-tune details, you should have nothing to worry about other than what furniture and window coverings to put in your new room.
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