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6 Valuable Tips When Having A Home Addition Project

January 10, 2022

Are you thinking about having a home remodeling project? Here are tips that will help you have a successful and easy time: Know your objectives This might sound simple, but it’s vital. You need to know the reason you are having the project in the first place. Do you need a spot for your guests? Do you need space for your teens to hang out with their friends? Once you have honed in on what you are looking to accomplish, you will have an easy time reconfiguring the space to your desired look. You will also have an easy time finding the right home addition builder, as you know what you want. While it’s important to think about the practicality of the project, it’s also important to think about the resale value of the addition. A good way to determine whether the project is worth it is to analyze other homes in your neighborhood. If most of the houses in your neighborhood have two baths and your house is the only one with a single bathroom, adding a second bathroom might be worth it. Gather the necessary legal documents You need to ensure that you are doing your project legally. The first thing to do is to have an accurate plot plan of your property showing all the property lines and their proximity to the existing and proposed buildings. This is vital as it ensures that you don’t build the new addition outside the jurisdictional setbacks defined by the local zoning laws. Besides this document, also get the relevant permits that ensure that your project is legally recognized and you are obeying all the construction rules of the land. Set a realistic budget There is no way you are going to undertake your project without money. The last thing you want is your project stalling so you need to ensure that you have enough money. When coming up with your budget, factor in the cost of materials, the cost of labor, and emergencies that might arise. To avoid stress and stretching yourself too much, stick to your budget to the tee. Even if the addition architects recommend a feature and it’s not in the plan, don’t add it. Gather inspiration Even if you know the kind of addition you want, it doesn’t hurt to look around and see what other people are doing. This calls for you to visit different homes. You can also find a lot of inspiration from buying guides, design magazines, and Pinterest. Remember that the purpose of doing this is to get some inspiration—not to change your entire project. So, get the inspiration with the aim of improving the areas you feel your project is weak on. As you are getting the inspiration, always think about your budget—the newly inspired addition should fit your budget. Know what you need Before you even draft your budget, you need to know everything you need for your project. From the timber to the nails, you should know it all and its role in the new space. Have a seating with your contractors and go over the entire project and […]

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7 Home Remodeling Tips To Increase House Value

September 15, 2021

If you want to sell your house, you definitely want to get the best deal possible, right? Most home sellers rush to install new swimming pools, gazebos, and other expensive features. While these units increase the house’s value, they are sometimes too expensive that you don’t recoup your investment. And you don’t want this, do you? One way to get your investment back and still sell the house fast is to remodel the house. By doing this, you spend less and still increase the house’s value. Don’t know how to go about it? Here are expert tips given by home remodeling architects on what to do: Get creative with the garage. If you are lucky enough to have a garage, you can get creative with it and significantly improve the house’s value. Start with getting rid of all the junk there and turn it into an additional room. If it’s built onto the house, you can turn it into an office. If tied to the house and has a connecting door, remodel it into an extra bedroom. Do you actively use the garage? Add an extra floor on top, and you immediately double your space which, as you can guess, significantly adds to the house’s value. Make the most of the basement. If you are like other homeowners, you most likely use your basement as storage. Can you imagine taking a prospective house buyer to the basement and only find dirt and worn-out electronics? It’s not a beautiful sight, is it? Luckily, you can turn this around by getting rid of all the junk and turning the room into a usable room. You can turn it into an office, extra bedroom, game room, or any other room. Transform the attic Like the basement, many homeowners use their attics as storage spaces. If you are lucky to have a large house, the attic space serves as an extra floor that you can use to your advantage. You can turn the attic into a reading room, bedroom, extra living room, or other livable room. If you still need storage space, work with your contractor and install eaves in the walls. Touch up the bathroom Most homebuyers are highly sensitive to how the bathroom looks, so touching it up will go a long way towards making the house more attractive to housebuyers. There are plenty of things you can do to your bathroom: change the bathroom color, install new appliances, add paneling around the bathtub, add more storage space, among many other things. To ensure you are making the right addition, sit with your contractor and agree on what is valuable to you. Add more space in the kitchen. In most families, the kitchen is the hub of the house. Besides having the right appliances, the other important thing you should ensure your kitchen has is enough storage spaces. Work with your contractor and come up with ways to add as many storage areas for your kitchen as possible. This can be hidden cupboards, stand-alone pantries, breakfast nooks, and any other thing. Add a laundry room If your house is old, chances are […]

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