When planning a home addition project, there are a lot of things that you need to take into consideration. After all, a home addition isn’t just a simple renovation—it’s a major investment that could change both the overall value and aesthetic of your home.
Everything from the design down to the builder you’ll be hiring needs to be planned carefully to ensure that your new home addition is a success that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. Consider this your guide to getting started with the planning of your future home addition.
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One of the most important things to keep in mind when planning out your home addition project is that you must be realistic and stay flexible.
Starting out, people tend to have a very specific vision in mind for these types of projects. However, there are many structural factors that can directly impact your vision. Each home addition project will have its own set of unique obstacles. By following our home addition checklist you’ll be able to minimize or at least be aware of some of those obstacles.
Create a Game Plan
Be ready to meet with a professional designer and builder— you don’t want to come to that meeting empty-handed.
To prepare for that meeting here’s what you’ll need to prioritize:
The purpose and objectives of your home addition project. What’s your main reason for wanting to build this addition? Will it be an extra bedroom, an office, a playroom, etc.? Will it be on the first or second story of your home? What type of amenities do you plan to add? Essentially, you want to define what this addition will be once completed.
What items you’ll be adding to the room. Make a list of the most important items you want to include in the new addition. This list should include the types of surfaces, fixtures, flooring, appliances, and items such as fireplaces, showers or bathtubs, islands, etc. Be sure to make a note of the must-haves, nice to haves, and things if there’s budget left for.
Determine your timeline. Home addition projects take time. Before you meet with any builders s, it’s not a bad idea to start thinking through t how you can make appropriate living arrangements for you and your family for the duration of the project.
Having your priorities and goals clearly established will make plans much easier for you and the builders you’ll be consulting with. It’s also a good idea to take this time to write down any questions you may have for them in regards to the type of addition you’re trying to build.
Set Up Your Budget Accordingly
Setting up a project budget is one of the most crucial parts of planning. You really need to do your due diligence because there are several variables that come into play that define the financial scope of a home addition project.
This is also where you must be the most realistic because how much your home addition project will cost and how much you want to spend can be two different things.
The average BrightLeaf new home addition generally starts around $400,000.
The total cost will mostly depend on the following:
The size of the space you’re adding
Whether it’s on the first story or second story
The complexity of the space, structurally speaking
The materials used
The level of finishes (appliances, fixtures, flooring, windows, etc.)
When you’re mapping out your home addition budget it’s important to be realistic about how much of an addition you can actually afford.
Hire the Right People
It goes without saying that you probably won’t be building the home addition yourself. Building a new addition will require the skills of several professionals from start to finish. A successful addition project must be handled by much more expertise than a small contractor in a pickup truck. For a home addition project done right, you will want to not only work with a professional architect but also with a professional builder that has much more experience than simply remodeling kitchens and basements.
You can also consider hiring a design-build firm to take care of everything from the project design to the construction to streamline the process. Be sure to do your homework on any builders you are considering such as asking for references and visiting projects of theirs. . The last thing you want is to fire someone who can’t design and build your project to a high standard.
Work on the Design
Once you hire an architect or design-build firm, you’ll be working closely with them on designing your new space. This is the time to tune in to what they say, ask a lot of questions, and share your list of objectives, style, and needs.
Keep in mind that this space is being built to meet your specific needs, so it should be designed accordingly, and everyone from your architect to your interior designer should be on the same page.
Most architects and design-build firms will be able to secure any necessary permits for you, but be sure to understand whose responsibility it is before signing any contracts.
Once the permit is approved, the construction can begin.
Prepare a Temporary Living Arrangement
The scope of the home addition you’re building will ultimately determine how long you’ll need to make temporary living arrangements. It is strongly recommended that you do not live in your home during the construction of a home addition. Although it is possible to do so, it will not be a pleasant experience.
The first thing you’ll want to do before moving out is getting the space ready. Start by moving anything that would be in the way to another room where it’ll be safe and secure. Your belongings will most likely have to be stored in your garage and or storage facility. Companies also offer on-site storage containers that will generally work as a good solution as well.
To determine how long you’ll need to be out of the house, you’ll need to go over the timeline with your builder. They should be able to give you at least an estimated deadline for when the home addition will be completed.
Let the Construction Begin
Once the construction finally begins, you’ll need to have consistent check-ins with your builder. Make sure they set aside time to meet with you on-site to keep you posted on progress at least every few weeks
By checking in, you can ensure that everything is going according to plan and that your build is running smoothly. Any changes or deviations from the plan should be brought to your attention so a solution and a new deadline can be determined.
Once the job is done, your builder should take you through a walk-through of the new space and discuss all the details with you to ensure that everything is up to snuff.
Start Your Home Addition with BrightLeaf Homes Today
If you want your home addition project to be a success, you need to put the time and effort into planning it—and hiring the right builder for the job.
At BrightLeaf Homes, we take home additions seriously because we understand the potential value they can add to your home. That’s why we’re always working hard to improve on our construction methods as well as source premium materials to give you the home that you and your family deserve.
That’s why we offer a design-build set up to help you navigate each step of the home addition process and ensure you we can get you into your new home smoothly.
Schedule a call with us today so we can start building your dream home addition!
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