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If you're like most homeowners, you are constantly thinking of
ways to enhance your living space. Whether it is a remodel or that
addition you always dreamed about. Re- designing your kitchen,
bathroom or basement, building a sunroom, adding a garage addition,
and building a second level to your home are all possibilities. By
investing in a remodel or home addition, you are not only enhancing
your living space, but also adding to the resale value of your home.
It's no lie, home remodels and addition projects are expensive
investments. For this reason, it is imperative that you put careful
planning into your design so that you don't make any costly mistakes
or get ripped off by a contractor. It is important to visualize your
remodel or addition on paper first and then find out how much your
project will cost before you get a full set of construction
If you are considering a home addition, be prepared to invest a
great deal of time into careful budgeting, planning, and design.
Several aspects need to be taken into consideration before you start
knocking down walls. First of all, you need to decide if your
addition with be extended outwards, or upwards. Building up is a
wonderful way to keep your footprints in tact, while offering
benefits such as reduced heating and cooling and new roofing.
Another aspect to consider involves whether or not you should take
this opportunity to upgrade your electrical and heating and cooling.
In fact, with certain additions, you will have to upgrade these
services in order to accommodate to the extra footage. In addition,
second story levels often require extra structural support for walls
and foundation. Make sure to carefully include these major elements
into your design.
Aside from second story additions, you also have the option of
adding an extra bathroom, family room, sunroom, or garage addition.
Adding an extra bathroom is a wonderful way to enhance your
lifestyle. Consider a master suite or even a guest bathroom. Family
rooms and sunrooms offer additional living space and allow you to be
as creative as you want with its functionality. Think of a place to
put a cozy fireplace, a soothing hot tub, or even a room enhanced
with skylights offering natural sunlight into your home.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to reinventing your home
with a remodel or addition. Not only will you be enhancing the
living space within, but you will also be complimenting the exterior
of your home. Keep in mind, however, that with any type of remodel
or addition you will need to make sure your designs meet the local
zoning codes. This is a crucial step and failure to do so could lead
to unnecessary fines and even a possible shut down.