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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 Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

May 16, 2022

As much as remodeling a house improves its functionality and space, many homeowners have been making plenty of costly home renovation mistakes. Which are these mistakes? Here they are as given by home remodeling architects: Setting unrealistic budgets We are sure that you have come across an unfinished remodel. Often this happens when the homeowners are under budget for the project, resulting in the project stalling once the money is exhausted. To avoid this, you should work with an experienced professional to help you come up with a more accurate budget. Regardless of how experienced the professional is, remember that it’s common for the cost of materials to go up. There is also the risk of the project not getting finished on time. To ensure that your project never stalls, set aside an extra 20% of your budget for any surprises that might come up later down the line. Sacrificing function for form As much as you want a beautiful remodel, you shouldn’t sacrifice function for form. This means that the new remodel should be functional, then beautiful to look at. To ensure this is the case, work with an experienced contractor to help you come up with the perfect design for your house. Being too trendy There is no one that doesn’t want a modern house, and there is nothing wrong with this. Some homeowners make a major mistake of significantly updating their new remodels that they look out of place. For example, they will install all the latest and trending materials. While the house will look trendy and new, you should note that trends are often short-lived, and it’s a matter of time before the house begins looking out of place. To be on the safe side, balance the look of the house design. The house should have a properly thought out design that looks good and has the potential to last for a long time. To have an easy time coming up with the right design, work with an experienced designer. Saving on materials As much as you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on your remodel, it doesn’t mean you should buy cheap, low-quality materials that you will need to replace after a couple of years. The best way to go about it is to buy high-quality building materials that will last for years. While they might be expensive, you won’t have to replace them soon. Some good quality materials even last for decades. If you don’t have money for top-quality materials, it’s wise that you postpone your project and only start it when you have enough funds for quality materials. Having unrealistic expectations When many people think about remodeling their houses, they imagine that they will look perfect and flawless. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case as remodeling is often messy, noisy, and inconvenient as you may have to change your living conditions. To avoid surprises, do some research and know what to expect. You can also check with your builder and understand the process involved and what will be expected from your end. Working with any contractor Unless you have a simple […]

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4 Tips for Building an Addition to Your Home

May 10, 2022

Are you thinking about building an addition to your home? Here are tips you should consider as given by home addition companies: Do you need the addition? This is the first question to ask yourself. Some people think that they need to enlarge their houses often because they deem them too small or have some disposable income. In most cases, they don’t need the extra space. Before you begin your project, you should take your time and find out whether you genuinely need the home addition. If you are adding the addition because you have some money you have no use for, you don’t need the addition. On the other hand, if your family is growing and there is no extra space, it’s time to get a new addition. Have a budget If you have determined that you genuinely need an addition, the next thing to do is determine the amount of money you need to complete your project. The last thing you want is stalling your project midway. Thankfully, plenty of professionals can help you come up with a more accurate budget. As you are coming up with the budget, be honest with yourself. Can you afford the said addition? Unless you are remodeling the house for sale, the addition isn’t an investment, so it’s senseless to get a loan for it. The logical thing is to add the additions from your savings. From the money that you make, be honest and determine whether you can afford the addition from your savings. If you can’t, you are better off building a smaller house. Determine the type of addition you need What type of addition do you need? It’s vital you determine this as it affects the contractor you hire and the amount of money you set aside for the project. If your family is getting large and you need more space for them, you should add an additional bedroom or sitting area. If you are looking to sell the house later down the block, add a bathroom or kitchen. Remember, that the materials you use in your remodeling shouldn’t be too expensive that you fail to recoup your investment. For example, don’t use high-end countertop materials such as marble and granite. While they might be attractive to a potential buyer, you won’t get your money back. Find out who will do the project. It’s vital that you know who will handle the project. Of course, this depends on the nature of the project. If you are looking to add a kitchen, you will need to hire a kitchen professional. You can do some remodeling work by yourself, especially if they are minor projects such as replacing a door or window. Unless you have the skills, avoid doing the large projects by yourself. Instead, let a professional help you out. When it comes to hiring a professional, you can find one in plenty of places. A great place is to ask your friends and relatives. Is there a relative that recently hired a contractor? Ask them to refer you to them, especially if you like their work. You can also […]

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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 Ways To Add Additional Space in Your House

February 23, 2022

Whether you have outgrown your house or you want to give your house a new look, there are plenty of ways to add more space to the house. Which are these ways? Here they are as given by home addition companies: Enclose the patio When was the last time you used your patio? If you can’t remember, it might be wise to enclose it and use it as additional space. As you are remodeling the patio, you should note that it will be a lot of work, so be ready for it. To convert the patio into a livable space, you need to put up the walls, roof, and sometimes the foundation. You can do the work if you are a qualified technician but for the best outcome, let the work be done by an experienced contractor that knows what they are doing. Finish the unfinished areas of the house Most homeowners have unfinished areas of the house, and by finishing them, you will have additional space you can use with your family. If you have a room that you don’t currently use, you can remove the junk lying there and turn it into a livable space. As much as many homeowners have garages, they rarely use them. If you are one of these homeowners that don’t use their garages, you can finish it up and add more space to your house. Remodel the attic Does your house have an attic? You can easily turn it into a livable space without breaking the bank. The beauty of the attic is that it is already a stable structure with flooring and a roof. Since it’s already on the house’s main floor, it’s easy to transfer the electrical wiring and additional utilities, making it easy to turn it into a livable space. It’s common for the attic to be too short for you to be comfortable inside. If this is the case with you and you need to extend the height, do thorough research on the roofing permits and ensure that you have all of them before you begin your project to avoid being on the wrong side of the law. Bump out your house If your house still has space for outward extensions, you can bump out the house for additional space. Again, this will be complicated, and it’s best to work with experienced professionals that will properly add to the house without messing with the house’s initial design. Add a second story If you don’t have space to bump out the house, you can always add a second story to the house. As you can tell, the project will be expensive, but you can cut the costs by building it off-site then adding it later. Before beginning this project, ensure that your foundation can handle the extra weight. Of course, this means you need to undertake a battery of tests. The extra story shouldn’t mess with the house’s original look, so work with expert technicians who know what they are doing. Add an outdoor kitchen. If you love barbequing, an outdoor kitchen is a great addition to have. To avoid […]

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4 Common Home Improvements That Do Nothing For Your Home’s Value

February 7, 2022

When looking to sell a house, most people try to renovate them to increase the house’s value as much as possible. While many renovation tricks deliver the results, home remodeling architects observe that some don’t add value. To help you out, here are home improvements that don’t add value: Extensive professional landscaping As much as a professionally done landscape will be pleasing to look at, it won’t bring back the huge bucks you are expecting. If you have to remodel your landscape, do it because you love the look, not because you are expecting to recoup your investment, as you won’t. So, don’t break your bank installing ponds, pools, or other landscaping features. Unless you love a landscaping feature, stick to the basics. Clear the debris from your yard and trim the lawn. Keep the passageways clear, then invite potential buyers in. Upgrading your appliances If your house is old, chances are the appliances are also old, and when you are looking to sell the house, it might seem logical to upgrade the appliances to make the house more appealing. While this is great, you should be cautious about how you go about it, as you might spend too much money making the upgrades such that you fail to recoup your investment. You can go ahead and replace the old, damaged, or malfunctioning appliances such as old refrigerators, but if the units are still in top working condition, there is no point in replacing them. If you have an issue with the appliances not matching your home, consider ordering new door and face panels instead of replacing the units, as this is much cheaper. Undertaking high-end bathroom remodels Bathroom remodels bring back 87-93% of the investment, so they are a wise way of adding value to your house, but you should be cautious about how you go about it. As a rule of thumb, never install high-end units such as high-end countertops or appliances as you won’t get back your money. Excellent ways to upgrade your bathroom include: adding new paint to brighten the room and re-grouting the bathtub. A new mirror and a few light fixtures will also go a long way towards improving the bathroom look. To reiterate, it’s okay to remodel your bathroom, but don’t go overboard as you won’t recoup the investment. Adding a new room It’s not a doubt that larger houses sell at higher prices than small ones. For example, a four-bedroom house will sell higher than a three-bedroom house. While this is the case, it makes sense to add another room to your home, so you sell it at a higher price, right? Wrong! While adding a new room will make your house more attractive, in most cases you spend more money in the addition than you get back. To be on the safe side, avoid adding another room, and instead, renovate what you have. For example, convert the attic or basement to a bedroom instead of putting up another bedroom. You won’t spend much on the conversion, and you will make the house more attractive to potential buyers, hence your home will […]

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What Additions Add Value To A Home?

December 17, 2021

Two reasons homeowners hire home addition companies to remodel their homes are adding space and increasing house value. While this is the case, did you know that not all home additions increase the house value, so you spend a fortune, yet you don’t get a return on investment? Are you wondering what additions add value to a home? Here they are: Second story A storied building is much valuable than a bungalow. If your house has a strong foundation and can take another floor, go ahead and install it. As you are installing the second floor, remember that it should tie into the original style and theme of the house. Master suite The person that will buy the house will be sleeping in the master suite, right? So it goes that when you improve the master suite, you are bound to make your house more appealing and increase its value. One of the ways to make the master suite more attractive is to increase its size. You also should consider installing a bathtub and, if possible, increase the shower space. The beauty with this is that you don’t have to go out of your way to install high-end units—simple units are enough. If you aren’t sure about the right pieces to change, get the input of an experienced professional. Kitchen Every family spends a considerable amount of time in the kitchen, and no one wants to do it in a small, beat-up space—everyone wants an area they can be proud of. This means that working on your kitchen will go a long way towards giving your house more value; hence it gets out of the market fast. One thing you should do is to increase the size of the kitchen. This might require you to knock down some walls or build a kitchen addition. You should then add more modern appliances such as new kettles, new pans, new stove and so on. Kitchen additions and renovations can get expensive to the extent you fail to recoup your investment. To be on the safe side, keep an eye on the type and quality of remodeling materials you use. As a rule of thumb, avoid golden or any other materials, as you won’t make your money back. Unless necessary, avoid making major kitchen renovations such as installing new cabinets, windows, doors, floor, or cooking space. Excellent projects you can participate in include: refinishing the cabinets, adding an island, increasing storage space, installing a new backsplash, and upgrading the faucets. Bathroom Like the kitchen, no homeowner wants a beat-up bathroom, so you can’t go wrong with a bathroom addition project. Like the kitchen, you should increase the size of your bathroom then install the necessary fixtures. After adding more space, another thing you can do to your bathroom to increase its value include: adding storage space, installing new sinks, upgrading the lighting, putting in vanity or mirror, and so on. Unused space Do you have an unused space in the house, such as the basement or attic? You can make use of it, which will increase the room space and increase the value […]

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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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How to Save Money on Bathroom Renovations

December 5, 2021

Renovating your bathroom goes a long way towards giving your home an elegant look, so you feel proud as a homeowner. At the same time, it makes your home more attractive to a potential homebuyer, so your house gets out of the market fast. While this is the case, the downside is that bathroom renovations don’t come cheap, so many homeowners stay away from them. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to renovate your bathroom on a budget. Which are these ways? Here they are as given by home addition companies: Make use of what is already in place When you are looking to save as much money as possible, you want to make use of what is already available. Some of the available materials that you can use include: Bathtubs: Instead of replacing the bathtubs, simply clean them. For even better results, professionally clean and refinish them. Shower enclosures: These give your home a high-end look, and don’t have to install new ones. If you have a tiled enclosure, you simply need to thoroughly clean the tiles and grout. In some cases, you might need to patch down some worn areas. To give the shower enclosure a fresher look, stain the white grout darker. Do you have fiberglass or acrylic shower walls? Patch the dented or cracked spots. Toilets: You can change the toilet’s look by giving it a new toilet seat and lid. To add a touch of elegance, go with a wooden toilet seal or soft close model that doesn’t slum shut. Sinks: You can dramatically change the kitchen’s look by doing simple things. For example, if the porcelain is cracked, you simply need to repair it. Make use of paint Paint is cheap, and when you creatively use it, you can significantly transform the house’s overall look. Some of the creative ways to give your house a new look include: Create textured effects: You need to use two different colors to do this. Start with giving the entire wall a base coat in one color, then use a textured tool such as rag, sponge, or comb to apply the second coat. Paint the floor: When looking to give your home a new look, you shouldn’t limit yourself to painting the walls—also pay attention to the floor. Instead of installing new tiles, simply paint the old ones. To do this, begin with thoroughly cleaning the tiles with sandpaper, then apply a water-based acrylic primer. You should then top the primer with durable latex or urethane paint, and you have elegant-looking tiles. If you want to give your floor a tile look, use paint and stencils on wood or concrete floor. To do this, use sturdy porch paint and three coats of polyurethane. Use cheaper materials It goes that you will save a lot of money when you use cheaper materials on your remodeling project. For the walls, only use tiles in the wet area and paint the rest of the drywall. When it comes to the floor, use vinyl and laminate, as they are cheaper. If you love the stone look, go for […]

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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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