Thinking About Adding On?
You have likely seen examples of room additions on your neighbors’ or your friends’ homes. The most popular way to add on is to “bump out” the ground floor of the house into the backyard to create a family room or an additional bathroom.
A project like that is relatively simple although of course there are numerous city codes to adhere to regarding size (relative to the size of the property) and setbacks from property lines.
While you still need to have drawings made and submitted to the city for permitting, a three wall addition on the ground floor is about the simplest way to add on and therefore least expensive as a rule (note: all remodeling projects are different so no rule applies 100% of the time).
If your property doesn’t have room to add the space you want on the ground floor, of course you can go up and add an entire second story to your home. Adding a master bedroom suite with a bath is perhaps the most common second story project.
Naturally taking the roof off your home in order to build that upstairs master suite means the degree of difficulty goes up substantially and along with it the cost. Still, it may mean taking advantage of a view which will increase the value of your home.
Regardless of where you add, it’s important to make the addition look like it was part of the original structure. The design stage is critical to achieve the right look. You have probably seen additions that look like someone dropped a box on top of the garage. A bay window in the front of an addition or varied roofline is a great way to avoid that. Re-stucco, new roofing, and new windows can all help to tie the whole package together.
All the details can be discussed when the contractor comes out to meet with you. Some of these details can take people who have never shopped for an addition before by surprise, like the overall price of the job and costs of the permits and fees. I try to give my potential customers a rough idea of the cost on the first visit based on the wish list they share with me. Although it isn’t an exact budget yet, it does help homeowners decide whether the wish list is within their reach.
There are a few ways to proceed after you have interviewed the builder. A design contract can be entered into to boil down the floor plan and other details. After all changes are made, a detailed construction contract can be prepared. Some people prefer just to enter into the construction contract before plans are drawn. This speeds things up a bit and works well for many people.
The key is to feel comfortable through the process. Everyone is different and you know how things work best for you. Don’t let yourself be rushed if you don’t want to be. This is a big step you are taking. It is possible to add on to virtually any home in Bay Park, but it doesn’t make sense in all cases. Trust your instincts. If it sounds too good to be true…perhaps it is.