Given how stressful and complex moving home can be, if you’re in need of new space, adding to your existing building is far preferable. You can obtain the extra living area you require, avoid the hassle of a move, and add to your current home’s value – so it’s easy to see why additions are such a common choice for many homeowners.
However, while home additions are undoubtedly a sound choice, they are not without their potential downsides. To ensure you’re able to avoid the disadvantages of a home addition, below, we’ve put together a simple, straightforward guide to everything you need to know about the process.
Ensure you know exactly what you want
When contemplating an addition to your property, it’s important to define precisely what you require. Do you need space for a specific purpose (such as an additional bedroom, or an ensuite), or just “more space” in general? How much space exactly do you need? It’s helpful to have an idea of measurements before you begin planning, as most quotes you receive will be based on the size of the intended addition.
Take your time setting your budget
It’s all too easy for costs to get out of control with a home addition, so set a reasonable budget – including a contingency fund just in case something goes awry – and endeavour to stick to it. It’s important to set your budget before you begin exploring your home addition options, in order to restrict the chances of seeing an option you like and trying to bend your budget to it. Bending your budget can lead to serious overspends.
If you’re wondering what constitutes a “reasonable budget” then, as a general guide, you can usually expect to pay between $100 to $200 per square foot of additional space you are adding. However, every project is unique and depends heavily on elements such as choice of materials, so you’ll need to research to ensure you create a budget that is applicable to your chosen project.
Explore all the available solutions
There are numerous additions you may want to consider, including:
- Bump-out additions, which make a single room on the first floor larger.
- First floor additions, which add an entirely new room to the first floor of your home.
- Dormer additions, which are suitable for steep roofs and add extra headspace to an attic or top floor bedroom.
- Second storey additions, which add a second storey to single-storey buildings such as bungalows.
- Garage additions, where the space above the garage is converted into living space.
Be cautious when selecting your chosen addition; all of these options are costly both in terms of the time and budget required to complete them. As a result, you need to be sure your chosen addition is genuinely suitable for your home.
You’ll need to speak to your local authority
The vast majority of additions will require a permit so, before building work begins, contact your local authority for advice on what will be required. You are also likely to need to obtain professional blueprints to support your application, so this is a task you’ll need to complete as quickly as possible to ensure the process runs smoothly.
If you carefully plan and manage each of the above areas, you should find that your home addition can proceed smoothly and simply – and you’ll soon be able to enjoy your new, improved living space as a result.