Ask These Questions Before Building A Home Addition

A home addition adds square footage to your home as well as architectural interest and home value. However, it’s a major commitment that can cost a significant amount of money. Chances are there is something that you want to solve with an addition. However, before you get started, you need to make sure you are making the right choice. As general contractors, Wiltrack Construction recommends asking a few questions to make sure you have everything lined up.

Will your home addition meet legal restrictions?

When you build a home, you have to make sure you follow height, historical, local, and HOA restrictions. In the same manner, building a home addition will face the same, if not more, challenges. You should always ask to make sure there are no laws that you have to follow or meet.

Is the scale of the addition fit your home?

When you built or bought your home, you thought you had enough space. Now, you need more. However, before you double the square footage in your home, make sure that the scale of the addition will match your current home. If it doesn’t, you might end up dwarfing the home. 

Can you afford the long-term costs?

Building a home addition will cost more than building it. You also have to factor in utility costs for heating and cooling the new section as well as cleaning and general maintenance costs. In addition, you should think about the added taxes you will have to pay each year.

Can you Handle the Stress?

Adding to your home is more stressful than building a home. All the construction and renovation will take place with your living, working, and eating in the space. You must be prepared for both constant noise and people in both the old and new parts of your home.

What problem are you looking to solve?

If you want to build a home addition, then chances are, you are looking to solve a problem. Knowing what that problem is will make sure that your general contractor can create the perfect solution. For example, a remodel could create a mudroom where you can store your beach stuff, while a bump-out could create the kitchen nook you need.

Do you know who can build it?

The last thing that you will need to ask yourself is who will be building the addition. If you are doing the addition yourself, you need to make sure you know how to handle the electrical, plumbing, and foundation additions. If that’s too much, then hiring a contractor that can build a great team will be vital. 

 

If you are looking to build a home addition in Florida, Wiltrack Construction can get the job done. We are a design-build team in Florida that handles remodels, additions, and custom homes from the ground up. If you need advice and don’t know where to start, our team can help you determine what you need and point you in the right direction if that need isn’t us. Contact us today to learn more and start your project.