When it comes to the possibilities for home additions your options are only limited by your imagination and your budget. You can easily get what you want if you take the time to calculate costs and put the right amount of time into proper planning and designing. A rushed project will end up costing you more in the end and you may not end up with what you had hoped for. Below we have gone over some of the first steps to adding living space to your home:
Determine Property Lines: Locating your property lines and developing a plot plan are the first steps that need to be taken. The plot plan should include your home, landscaping and the location of your utilities. You should also become award of any local building codes at this time. Certain local codes have restrictions with regard to how close you can build to surrounding homes.
Develop a Design: It is important to develop a design that complements your current floor plan. Carefully review the structure and the floor plan of your home. You may want to hire a residential designer or architect to develop a plan for you which will provide the most eye-catching, useful and economical addition to your home. A professional has the experience and skill to develop such designs.
Detail Your Plans: It is important to be detail oriented when it comes to a home addition project. Make sure to have detailed descriptions of the materials and the scope of the work to be done. The more detailed you are, the more likely you will be to end up with what you want.
When it comes to the cost of a home addition the price will vary, even among the same floor plans. This often confuses homeowners because it is assumed that the same floor plan will cost roughly the same amount. However, the truth is that the price will vary depending on the specific details of the project. If you decide to use high-end products you should expect your project to cost more than someone who opts to have inexpensive products used. It is important to put these details in writing because it eliminates any confusion about the products to be used. Doing so allows builders to give accurate bids and buyers can then compare them easily.
You should also specify in your writing the person who will be responsible for each portion of the job. These details should include who is paying for the building permit, where the workers are allowed to use the bathroom, where the lumber will be delivered, etc. Specifically writing down all of the agreements regarding the details to your project, before the work begins, will eliminate most of the problems that result in an exasperating and stress-inducing job.
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Article Added on Wednesday, December 27, 2006
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