If you’ve been thinking about making additions to your home, chances are your family is growing and you’ve decided moving isn’t something you want to do. However, before you add on, there are some things that you should think about. Today, we’re going to give you some pointers for careful planning and success.
Depending on where you live, building regulations could get in your way. It’s vital that you ask your city about the laws about adding onto a home. If you hire a builder, they might not check to be sure what they are doing is legal. Rather, they might assume that you checked. This could lead to problems down the road when you get fined and have to revert your changes.
Better to Rebuild
If you haven’t put much thought into rebuilding your home, you might want to compare the costs. Sometimes it can be cheaper to buy or build a new home. For example, bathroom and kitchen extensions are often the most expensive. Anything that moves water and sewage lines will cost more. Depending on the age of the house, it could cost more to add to than it would just to build a new home.
If you want to create the look of a well thought out home, then finding the right exterior materials will be vital. However, depending on when you build your home, finding the right exterior materials could be impossible. In these cases, you might have to replace all the exterior if you want your extension to match with the original home.
Heating and Cooling
Depending on what you are planning, you might also have to upgrade your heating and cooling. In some cases, a separate system might be required for the new addition to the house, adding to the care and cost of the project both now and in the long run. You should at least consult with a designer to ensure that you’ve thought about everything.
Living on Site
Will you be living on site while the renovation is completed? If you choose to live on site, then your home extension could take longer than you’ve planned for. This is especially true for renovations in kitchens, bathrooms, and going up.
Though you may be able to complete a home renovation by yourself, you should think about hiring a construction manager. This person will be able to devote his or her day to the project rather than time after or before work. In addition, this person will know more about renovation laws and regulations in your area.
Overall, home extensions and renovations can be the perfect way to add to a home without moving or building a completely new home. However, there is a lot to think about. A designer and a construction manager can help with this. In addition, don’t forget to think about the laws and small changes that are often avoided. If you’re looking for a home renovation, contact Wiltrack Construction.