House additions are investments for homeowners, regardless of whether they are a minor bump-out addition during a remodel or a major addition project. A home renovation project will add value that you can benefit from for several years to come.
Before beginning a house expansion, ask yourself these questions.
What Is the Cost of a Home Addition?
The cost of an addition is determined by the type of your property and the features you want. The larger the project, the higher the expense. When choosing a contractor, you may notice a broad variety in price estimates. You may be able to complete the project on your own, but you need to be confident in your abilities and willing to put in the effort.
Homeowners must impose constraints on themselves when it comes to home additions. Although it’s simple to say that you want to quadruple your home’s square footage, can you afford it? Is it possible to add a sunroom while keeping the value of your house?
When you are completely honest with yourself about the answers to the question, “How much do we want to spend?” In addition to creating the foundation for the upcoming project, you will get a better grasp of your needs and expectations.
Is It a DIY or Will you Hire a Contractor?
Before you pick up the phone or walk to the hardware shop, ask yourself, “Who is going to do the work?”
You have two options for answering this question. You can start by taking it upon yourself. With that, you must ensure that you and anyone working with you have the necessary skills and knowledge to complete the house addition correctly. You don’t want to start a project just to discover that you’re way over your head.
Imagine spending $8,000 on stuff before realizing you overindulged. When you do it alone, you are accountable for every error you make. What’s worse is that you might not realize your errors until you turn on the light.
Before you start, be sure you understand your limitations and when you will require assistance. Why not hire a contractor if you’re good at framing and hanging drywall but shudder at the notion of wiring? Perhaps you could offer your electrically skilled friend some free pizza or get a discount in exchange for their assistance.
Save money by hiring contractors and completing a portion of the work yourself. When you hire a contracting company, they will contract out a project to you. Contractors frequently charge their chosen subcontractors a markup. You pay your contractor for their advice, but you also pay for them to stand behind the work that their subcontractor does.
It will be best to hire a general contractor in the Metro Atlanta area like Midtown Builders Group if you don’t know your way around a toolbox.
How Can You Find A Good Contractor?
It all comes down to your network. Consult with members of your family, acquaintances, and coworkers who have had similar work done if you don’t know anyone knowledgeable in the field.
They’ll be delighted to tell you all about it if they’re thrilled with the work that was done for them. But if they had a bad experience, they’ll be more than happy to share that with you as well.
You can also check online for ratings or reviews from other clients and see whether there is a consistent complaint or good point mentioned about the contractor you are considering.
Whichever route you go, be careful to speak with multiple contractors to get their suggestions and costs before any work starts. Additionally, check that they are licensed, insured, and bonded to prevent any liability, tax, or quality problems.
Ideas for a Home Addition
Do you want to increase the square footage of your house but are unsure where to begin? Or perhaps you are aware of the addition you wish to make but are unsure of what it requires.
Explore some of the most common home addition ideas below.
A home’s kitchen can make or destroy it. Many houses have kitchens that are either too tiny or poorly built. A large, well-designed kitchen is the stuff of dreams if you enjoy cooking and hosting guests.
Collect design inspiration for your envisioned kitchen expansion. You can browse online for kitchen floor plans and try to create your own. If you have the funds, you can get an architect to help you realize your vision.
If you’re thinking about adding a kitchen, decide if you want to upgrade your cabinets and appliances. Although these two expenses are necessary for your new addition, skipping them could cause your kitchen to feel disjointed or incomplete.
You should consider adding a mudroom to your house. They hold shoes, jackets, and bags effectively. Because they are easy to clean, you can bring in kids with dirty boots or pets with dirty paws.
Bench seating with storage, built-in shelves, and lockers or cubbies are useful in mudrooms. You may need a multipurpose sink to speed up cleanup based on how you plan to use the space.
Even the most basic home can benefit from a gorgeous sunroom. These rooms are filled with natural light. A sunroom adds a lot of light to the home, whether you’re considering enclosing an existing porch or expanding off your front entryway.
Adding a bathroom is a significant way to raise the value of your property. As an alternative to adding a full room, you could turn a closet or the space under the stairs into a bathroom. You should examine your pipework before starting to design your new bathroom. Are there any existing water and waste pipes close to the location of the addition?
You’ll probably have to spend more to run piping if you plan to install a bathroom in the back of the house. These expenses can add up rapidly, especially if you factor in the price of fixtures. The good news is that, while a bathroom addition is expensive, if done well, it may significantly raise the value of your property.
As more individuals work from home, the importance of a productive home office grows. A home office is necessary if you require a space with few distractions in which to work. A home office may be a less expensive option for small business owners who work from home than renting or purchasing commercial property.
The cost to add a home office will increase based on the size of the space and the price of any fixtures. If the office you construct has the potential to double as a bedroom, you may offer it as such if you decide to sell your home. This will boost the market value of your home.
The Bottom Line
Building an addition to your home can be a rewarding and exciting experience, but it’s important to consider the many factors that will affect your project. Before you start, make sure you have a plan for your new space and know what you want to accomplish. With a little planning, building an addition is an easy and rewarding project that will add value to your home for years to come.
Start your home addition by contacting Midtown Builders Group today at 770-500-9014. We are more than happy to put your vision into reality!