3 home addition lessonsWhen it comes to home additions, there’s a lot at stake. Money, time, effort and of course, personal comfort. Home addition mistakes often happen on a big level, and the cost to repair or improve the addition can be tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. These three common home addition mistakes can devalue your property and leave you feeling dissatisfied with your renovation.

Failure to Consider the Previous Design Sensibilities

Your home is a representation of the time period when it was designed. Those people who originally designed and built your house had an artistic sensibility that was a direct result of their environment. Think of your home as like a ship in a bottle. As your home ages, one of its greatest assets and most striking features becomes its ability to contrast with contemporary architectural design.

Failing to consider the design sensibilities of the original structure, your new home addition will become a detriment to your property value. It won’t look right, it won’t feel right, and it will degrade the artistry and the talent of those who designed and built your home all those years ago.

Failure to See the Big Picture

As a homeowner, you may know only one thing about your addition: that you want extra space in your home. Maybe you’re getting that sun room you’ve always wanted, or you need space for the new baby. Whatever your goal, it’s a common problem that people seek their home addition with a kind of tunnel vision, failing to realize is that there’s a bigger picture to take into consideration.

Your home was built the way it was for a reason. Its position on your property, layout of the rooms, the size of the home: all of these factors were considered when the home was originally built. It’s easy to make a mistake that negatively impacts the aesthetic appeal of the home, the usefulness of the surrounding landscape or the internal flow of the house.

Selection of an Inferior Design

There’s a lot to be considered when designing a new room. Ergonomics, safety, beauty and more. Yet many homeowners settle for an inferior design that lacks consideration of these factors. The design they choose, either for budgetary reasons or because they don’t know any better, is often bland or impractical, and not fit for their needs.

These common home addition mistakes can be wildly costly, not to mention disappointing. How can you avoid making them? By hiring a qualified professional, of course. Architects are trained to see the bigger picture and work with the original structure of the house to make an addition that features superior design and seamless integration. In addition, architects know how to take into consideration the needs, tastes and desires of the home owner, to ensure that the resulting design does justice to the original structure and also satisfies the person commissioning the design. Working with an architect ensures quality, satisfaction and a future return on the investment.

As a homeowner, you shouldn’t have to know what home addition traps exist and how to avoid falling into them. An experienced architect will know the pitfalls of designing a home addition, and will know how to avoid making those mistakes. With a skilled and experienced professional on your side, you can have a home addition that’s worth the cost, improves your property value and does justice to your home.

Ready to get started on your home addition? If you’re in NJ, contact Prime Draft Architecture for a consultation.

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