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6 Home Addition Projects To Increase Square Footage

May 24, 2022

Are you looking to increase your house’s square footage but aren’t sure about the right home addition projects to go with? Here are some of the best ones as given by home addition companies: Bump out the kitchen Bumping out your kitchen entails pushing out the kitchen by a few feet, usually a maximum of 2 feet. To do this, you will need to remove a section of the existing exterior wall and add more or longer flooring. You should then build a new wall along the expanded floor’s perimeter, then cover the expansion with roofing. When you bump out the kitchen, you have additional space and significantly increase your home value, as kitchen remodels have been shown to increase the value of a house significantly. Bumping out your kitchen is also less costly, and you don’t need to worry about installing a new foundation. You also don’t need to install additional heating or cooling. To get the most from the project, properly paint the walls. Also, ensure that you match the new floor with the already existing floor to have a uniform kitchen. Finish your basement If you are like other homeowners, your basement is unfinished, and all you need to do to add more square footage to your home is finish it. By so doing, you have extra living space. You can also use the extra space as a home theater or entertainment room. When working on your basement, ensure that you factor in the zoning restrictions in your area so that you don’t run into any problems. Try a modular addition. If you want to expand your house upwards, you can always go for a pre-fabricated room instead of constructing a new one. This way, you save 20-30% of the cost and put up the modular house at any part of your compound. Expand the bathroom Like the kitchen, bathroom addition or expansion is an excellent project that increases the usable space and significantly increases the house value. If adding the bathroom for your use and you have the budget for it, there is no harm in splurging on high-end materials and features such as a walk-in closet, but if you are undertaking the addition to sell the house, be on the lookout and avoid high-end materials as you might fail to get your money back. For example, avoid marble or granite for your countertops, as you won’t recoup your money. Instead, opt for moderately priced materials that will look good, increase the value of your house and save you money. Enclose the front porch Are you at home most of the time, or spend a lot of time on the front porch? You can enclose it and turn it into a plausible room. Before you install the enclosure, note that you will need to install heating and cooling systems. You will also need direct access to the extension cable. While at it, check with an architect and engineer and confirm that your house will hold effectively after the installation. Turn your attic into usable space. Like the basement, many people rarely use their attic or use […]

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Home addition dos and don’ts

April 27, 2022

Is your family expanding, and the house is starting to feel cramped? You need additional space. When you add the right space, you increase the living space and increase your home value. If this is the first home addition project you are handling, here are a few dos and don’ts that you should observe as given by home addition companies: Do add additional bathrooms Bathrooms often give the best return on investment, so you will never go wrong with them. And the beauty is that you can add any bathroom and increase the house’s value. Whether it’s a master bathroom, guest bathroom, or even an additional bathroom for your bedrooms, you can add it. While bathrooms are great, you should be cautious of the materials you use as you might fail to recoup your investment when selling time comes. Avoid installing costly materials such as granite or marble countertops to be on the safe side. If planning to sell the house later down the line, stick with traditional materials. You only need to ensure they are correctly installed. Do Increase the size of your kitchen. The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house, so when your family is ballooning, this will be the first room to shrink. You can increase the size of your kitchen from the interior by knocking down a wall or do so from the exterior by building an additional wall. Regardless of how you go about it, ensure that you create a functional space that increases the functionality of your kitchen. When adding a bathroom, don’t use premium materials, especially when planning to sell the house, as chances are high you won’t get your money back. Do have a plan The worst mistake you can make is to start your project without a plan. Before you begin building, have a clear idea of how you want your addition to look once complete. This calls for you to consult an architect, designer, or other professional to help design the project. By doing this, you not only have a clear idea about the results of your project but also help you understand other options available, establish a clear plan on how you will achieve it, and even account for some of the issues that might arise during the execution and how you will avoid them. Don’t overbuild it As much as additional space will increase the value of your home, you should avoid building a big addition where you don’t have outdoor space. You need to balance things out to have enough room for your activities and a large enough outdoor space to relax and entertain. Don’t over-customize the addition. We all have different tastes, and we want to design our houses in a way that pleases our ideals. Some argue that they customize their houses as they aren’t planning to sell them later, but things constantly change. Regardless of whether you are planning to sell your house or not, you should avoid going overboard with customizations. Remember that it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. This calls for you to avoid […]

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6 Tips For Building An Addition To Your Home

March 15, 2022

Are you having a home addition project? Here are tips to consider: Work with an expert A home addition project is an expensive endeavor and the last thing you want is to hire someone that botches up the project. To ensure this doesn’t happen, work with an experienced home addition builder. Before you begin working with the contractor, have everything in writing—this is solely to make the contract binding and have evidence should the contractor fail to deliver their end. The contract should clearly spell out what is included in the price so that you don’t keep being asked to pay random fees that can easily pile up and bury you. Although it’s good to have the contract in writing, you should note that this can’t account for unexpected problems that might arise later on. So, despite having everything in writing, it’s wise to prepare for surprises. Don’t go overboard When you want to impress and give your home the best look possible, it’s easy to go overboard. For example, it’s easy to go all the way out and build an extremely large addition. It’s also possible to be carried away and use the highest quality materials possible. To be on the safe side, construct a house of the right size. When it comes to materials, go for quality materials that will stand the test of time and withstand the usual wear and tear. Be decisive If you ask any home addition contractor, they will tell you of a horror story of when the homeowner changed their mind severally regarding the kitchen cabinets, paint or flooring while the project was underway. You should avoid this as it often causes plenty of confusion. It also increases the costs of labor and materials throwing your budget out of place. If you aren’t sure about how you want the cabinets, kitchen or any other part of the house to look, don’t begin the project. Wait until you are sure then find a contractor. If you aren’t sure about the look you want, get the input of a professional. Be flexible As much as you should to be decisive about what you want, you should be flexible in making important decisions. For example, if you had planned to install a magogany door but it’s not available, you should be flexible enough and install a fiberglass or steel door instead. This way you prevent the project from stalling because you can’t find the exact item you planned for. The only caveat to this is that your decisions shouldn’t affect your budget too much. Buy the materials in bulk To save money and get exciting discounts, you should buy the materials you need for your project in bulk. To attract even larger discounts, buy the materials from one company. If you live in a small town, it’s wise to do your shopping in a larger city as there are plenty of options there to choose from. Don’t shy away from negotiating with the contractor When the home addition companies DC give you their quotes, try to negotiate with them so that you can bring down the […]

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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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Tips To A Smooth And Seamless Home Addition

December 10, 2021

As much as a home addition adds more room and functionality to a house, sometimes it looks out of place, and you regret hiring the home addition builder. You need to ensure that the addition you put in place looks smooth and seamless for the perfect outcome. How do you achieve this? Here are tips to a Smooth and Seamless home addition: Hire the right contractors Everything begins here. In the same way, you can’t expect a well-cooked meal from a novice chef, there is no way you will have a smooth and seamless house if working with the wrong company. Many people hire the wrong contractors when they hurry to complete a task. Don’t do this. To hire the right contractor, take your time to dig deeper into the contractor. Go through reviews of the past clients, scroll through their portfolios to make sure they know their work, and even interview them one on one to determine they are the right fit. As you are talking with the contractors, listen to your instincts. If it doesn’t feel correct working with them, walk away and find someone else. For that smooth, seamless look, work with professionals that have handled similar projects before. The contractors should also be experienced and have been in the industry for a long time. Before you even begin the project, ask the contractor to give you digital tabulations of how the house will look once complete. This way, you have a better understanding of the home’s final look before you even begin. Match the exterior finishes Your home addition should match every detail of the original home from the siding, doors, trim, windows, and paint colors. If some parts are no longer in production, ensure that the home addition design complements the original house aspects. To ensure a smooth and seamless look, here are ideas you can go with: The roof: The roof of your addition should closely match the roofline of your existing house. This calls for you to ensure that the pitch, style, overhang, rafter size, spacing, and eave depth match. You may also have to install an entirely new roof especially if the shingles on the existing house are faded, and you can’t find those that match. Siding and other exterior finishes: Keep a close eye on the siding colors. If your existing siding has faded, it won’t match the new siding on the home addition. Having the same color and style of the trim will go a long way towards tying the structured together. Windows and doors: If your house is old, it’s almost impossible to find the exact doors and windows. To bring about some uniformity, go for windows and doors whose designs are in harmony with the existing style. You can even replace the older products with newer replacements that will come in handy at maintaining a consistent design. Use similar materials The materials you use go a long way towards designing a visually seamless house addition. Try as much as possible to use similar materials as the original house. If you can’t find the materials, work with an experienced […]

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Can You Build An Addition On A Mobile Home?

October 13, 2021

If you have a mobile home, you might have the impression that you are out of luck, and unlike your neighbors with traditional houses, there is no way you can increase or add value to your home. Fortunately, this isn’t the case. Can you build an addition on a mobile home? Yes, you can definitely do it, but before we proceed, we need to make one thing clear—there is a difference between modern and older mobile homes. Current mobile homes aren’t strict, but rather manufactured and modular homes built in the factory and transported to your preferred site. Manufactured houses are almost similar to a traditional house so if you feel that you need to make an addition to them, go ahead and find an experienced home addition builder and put up your desired structure. What additions can you make to your mobile home? Well, there are plenty of additions you can make to your home. The common ones being: Deck or porch If your mobile home doesn’t have an outdoor living area, you should go ahead and add a porch or deck to it as a way to improve the look and value of the house. You aren’t limited on the size of deck you can construct. It can be a small one to cover a small area, or it can wrap around the house, creating a large area for outdoor relaxing, entertaining, and barbequing. If you love being outdoors, but prefer sitting under a shade, consider constructing a sunroom. Add an extra bathroom. Most modular houses come with a single bathroom that can create logistical issues, especially if you have a growing family and you frequently have houseguests over. If your house is becoming smaller, consider getting an extra bathroom. Like the deck, you have plenty of options you can go with. You can add an adjoining bathroom to the master bedroom or add a powder room or half-bath to accommodate the mushrooming number of guests and visitors. There is no right or wrong way to go about it—it’s up to you to go with your preferences. Add a car parking area. If you don’t have a covered parking area outside your house, you are forced to carry your groceries and large packages long distances, which are inconvenient. Sometimes you are forced to regularly scrape snow and frost off your vehicle, especially if you live in cold climates. To solve this, you should consider building a paved driveway to the exterior of your mobile house. If you want to protect your car from the weather elements, build an enclosed garage. Build an entertainment room If you love your entertainment, nothing is preventing you from adding an entertainment room to your house. An ideal entertainment room features a large screen TV to watch movies, shows, and play video games and a comfortable seating area. As you can tell, this addition will cost you much more or even require more work than when adding a small bedroom or bathroom. Increase the amount of light getting into the house Sometimes you might not need additional rooms or extra space, but you […]

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Is It Safe To Live In A House During Renovation?

September 27, 2021

Is it safe to live in a house during renovation? If you ask this question, you must have a renovation project, but you don’t want to leave the house. Well, it isn’t safe to live in the house during the renovation, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t live in the house. You only need to put several tips in place. To help you out, here are tips to increase the safety aspect as given by home remodeling architects: Have a designated storage area When doing the renovation, you obviously will have renovation materials over. These materials can easily hurt you and your kids. To ensure this doesn’t happen, have a specific area where you store everything. If you are lucky to have a large house, you can have the materials in a specific room and cordon off your kids from going there. Be out of the house when the renovation work is going on Most of the risk is when the renovation work is going on. A hammer can slip and hit you, something might drop from the roof and land on you, among many other things.  To protect yourself and your loved ones, make an effort to be out of the house when the project is going on. If you work from home, ensure that you are far from where the contractors are working from. Communicate with the contractors A house can be risky even after the end of the day when no work is going on. This is because the contractors might have accidentally left a tool in a precarious position, and it falls on you. Some of the construction materials might also be in risky areas, and they hurt you. To ensure that the renovation area is safe, maintain a clear line of communication with the contractors and regularly ask them whether you can go in the room you are renovating. Set designated areas To avoid accidents, have designated areas for the various tasks. For example, if you are remodeling the kitchen, stay out of the kitchen and set up a temporary kitchen. If you have a garage or covered patio, work with your contractor and set up the temporary kitchen here. The same thing applies to the bathroom, bedroom, or any other room you are making over. Limit the visitors coming over The last thing you would want for yourself is one of your guests getting hurt in your home. Even if you love hosting, you should minimize the number of people coming to your home. Of course, you will have some of your friends who don’t understand it, but you should explain it. Instead of coming to your home, you can start having your events in the homes of other friends that aren’t renovating their homes. You can also begin having your meetups in hotels or nearby parks. Plan a vacation If you have a small project that will be over in a few days, take a vacation, so you are out of the house and safe. Do you have friends or places you have always wanted to visit but have had no time? […]

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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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How Can I Make My Home Addition Look Good?

September 9, 2021

Whether it’s a larger kitchen, an extra bedroom, or a completely new wing, homeowners add new space to their houses every day. While these home addition projects are good as they add the vital space, there is usually one big problem—in most cases, the home addition looks ugly and not part of the main building. How can I make my home addition look good? If you are asking this question, you want your new home to look and feel like an original part of the house, right? And the beauty is that it’s possible to do it. Some of the things you need to do as given by home addition companies include: Use the same building materials as the main house Many homeowners try to modernize their old houses by building an addition using modern materials. As you can guess, if the original house is old and made from old materials, building an addition using new materials makes the addition look out of place. To avoid this, build an addition using the same materials as the old house. If the original house is too old that you can’t find the same materials, consider using alternatives that will coordinate with what is already in the house. Remember that when you use different materials, you create a visually inconsistent outcome, which gives your new house an ugly look. Be cautious of the scale and proportion of the new addition If you can’t find similar materials as the original house, play around with the size of the new addition. Instead of adding one large block onto the house, build a few smaller houses of varying sizes that are less overpowering. This way, the addition will look like it has always been part of the house instead of looking like an out-of-place afterthought. Work with your contractor and find the ideal room size to add that won’t look out of place. Ensure that the architectural style of the new house is in harmony with the old house In the same way, you should strive to use the same building materials as the old house, you should strive to maintain the same architectural design as the old house. This is because using different designs will make the new house look out of place. As a homeowner, you should take your time and find an experienced contractor that understands the different architectural designs and how to pull them off professionally. Consider the house’s grade and slope. Ignoring the house’s grade and slope will give your property a visually jarring look as the addition doesn’t follow the land’s natural contours. Again, as a regular homeowner, there isn’t much you can do about this other than entrusting it to an experienced contractor. If the land slopes away from the original structure, the contractor should know that they need to step the foundation walls of the home addition down so that you don’t have an unsightly foundation wall sticking out from the ground. Work with the right contractor. The contractor you hire goes a long way towards ensuring that the new addition is as appealing as possible. The contractor […]

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How Can I Save Money Building An Addition To My House?

July 7, 2021

As much as homeowners love the extra space that building home addition brings, there is always the issue of cost as most of them don’t want to spend a fortune on it, so you will hear them asking, how can I save money building an addition to my house? Well, there are plenty of tricks you can use to your advantage. These tricks include: Do it yourself Do you have home-building skills? You shouldn’t waste money hiring a house remodeling professional. Instead, you should do the work yourself. Even when doing the building work yourself, ensure that you follow the right procedure and don’t cut corners. If you have the skills, you have the luxury of doing the work by yourself, but if you don’t the skills, you should hire a professional to build the house for you. When hiring the contractor, ensure that the contractor knows what they are doing. The last thing you want is hiring someone to botch up your work, and you have to redo it, which sees you wasting a lot of money. Although, you should be conscious of the price charged by the contractor, avoid an extremely cheap contractor, as the chances are high that they won’t do a good job. Source your own materials Did you know you can get the building materials at much lower prices on your own than through a contractor? The reason for this is that despite the contractor making money from the labor costs, they want to make a profit from the materials they supply you, so they mark up the prices. To save money, source the materials on your own. For example, if planning to have a kitchen addition, visit the home improvement stores and find cheaper countertops. If you don’t have a huge budget, find reclaimed materials for your project. Most contractors will do their budgeting while including the materials they will supply you, and if you decide that you will be sourcing the materials on your own in the middle of the project, the contractor may have to go back to the drawing board, and they might not be pleased about it. To avoid bad blood in your work, ensure that you let the contractor know beforehand that you will be sourcing the materials on your own. Shop around Whether you are looking for materials or a contractor, don’t work with the first company you come across—take your time, visit different companies, and see what they have. Many homeowners make the mistake of being in a hurry when doing their construction, so they rush to hire the first company they come across. Don’t do this as you end up spending a lot of money that you shouldn’t. The best way to go about it is to take your time and knock on several doors and see what is available. Sometimes you might not only find the company or supplies at a low cost, but also discover materials you have never heard about. Go the prefab way If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on new items, consider getting prefabricated materials. Some people […]

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