4 Tips To Plan A Home Addition And Ensure Your Project Stays On Budget

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When you are planning to add space to your home, there are some extra costs that you want to be aware of before you get started, such as the cost of permits, upgrades, and materials. The following tips will help you with the planning of your home addition to ensure that your project stays on budget and affordable.

1. Learning About the Regulations and Preparing to Get Permits for Your Home Addition

Before you get ready to add space to your home, you will want to find out about any local regulations. In existing neighborhoods, it is possible that there are historic regulations that require structures to follow specific guidelines, which may restrict the amount of space that can be added to your home. Furthermore, there may be regulations that govern mechanical systems that may need to be upgraded if you do major renovations or additions.

2. Deciding to Add Outward or Do a Secondary Addition for Your Home

The most common solution to add space to a home is do an addition that goes outward, such as bumping out a kitchen or bathroom, or adding a sunroom to the main living area. There are also options to add to your home by adding a second floor to provide enough space to add the features that you are looking for. You will need to decide on your project type before moving forward.

3. Making Sure That Material Costs Do Not Eat into Your Budget

There are many different choices of building materials when doing a home addition. The most expensive materials will be masonry and stone, which you may need if you want the addition to match materials in the existing structure. You will also need to consider materials like the pipes for your plumbing; alternatives like plastics and PVC can help reduce the costs of your new home addition.

4. Upgrading and Updating the Mechanical Systems in Your Home for Your Addition

It is also important to consider your house's existing mechanical systems when doing a home addition. First, you may need to upgrade the electrical meter and fuse box to meet the needs of any added wiring. For your plumbing, you may want to consider your options for upgrading the water heater or expanding a septic system if you are not connected to a sewer service.

These are some tips to help you plan your next home addition and stay on budget. If you are ready to start adding space to your home, contact a remodeling service for help you plan your addition.


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