A checklist for your plans to add an addition to your house will come in handy because you get things down on paper that need to be considered well before it becomes crunch time and you realize with a sinking sense of dread that you made a mistake by not putting forth the effort to make a checklist. Here, then, are some things to keep in mind when planning your addition.
The style of your house may or may not dictate the style of the addition. If you want the addition to blend in seamlessly, style becomes a big deal. If you don’t mind adding a brick addition to a vinyl-sided home, that’s your business and no one else’s.
You want to take into consideration the size of the addition and how well it fits in with the size of the existing home. Are you going to be okay adding a huge lofty room to a cottage home equipped with small, cluttered rooms? If so, then loft away.
Will the addition to your house have the same roofing material as your house? It’s a good question to consider when you are able to go with less expensive, but equally durable roofing material on the addition. Consider the future as well. Perhaps when it’s time to redo your house’s roof, you’ll want to take on the look of the addition. Will this be feasible?
Can the Addition be Put into the Basement or Attic
The house may be too small and you just want more room, but always consider an addition into space that already exists. It typically takes less money to renovate an attic or basement than to build an all-new addition. You may be able to save money even if the house still feels too cramped upstairs or downstairs.
If anyone in the family has special needs like a wheelchair ramp, take that into consideration. That’s obvious, of course. What is less obvious is building into the addition the potential for special needs. If you plan on living in the house for the rest of your life, the addition building phase is the time to go ahead and build special needs into the design. You may never have to use them, but won’t it be nice to know they are already in place if you do?
The addition to your house is going to be your dream bathroom. Okay. Can your foundation withstand a large whirlpool tub? Do you want to install a separate shower area and if so, are you ready to build in the special needs potential in the form of a place to sit inside the shower area? Can you use the pipes that already exist or will you need to install an all-new piping system for your dream bathroom?
Okay, you are cool with your bathroom space, but want a dream kitchen. What type of cabinetry can you afford to place inside that kitchen. Can you use the existing plumbing or do you need to upgrade what you’ve already got in your not-so-dreamy kitchen? Consider how much more light a new, larger kitchen needs and consider installing a large picture window or a skylight that drains light into your new space.