If you’re thinking about adding onto your home, you’ve more than likely already spent a lot of time in front of your computer or smartphone doing research. After all, you want the new addition to be perfect, and there’s no better place to find tips and information than your trusty friend Google.
If this sounds like you, then you need to be well aware that no matter how much research you’ve conducted, there are three extremely important questions you need to ask yourself before you put on that addition.
Have you looked into the zoning restrictions that affect your addition?
Any professional architect will tell you that the first thing you need to consider are zoning restrictions. You don’t want to plan out an addition and buy the materials only to find out you can’t even build it. These restrictions will vary widely by geography. In some locations, you might be good to go with any type of home addition and have less restrictions. Still, you can run into additional issues if you live close to wetlands and other types of restricted terrain. In residential areas, there can be many things you have to look out for. For instance, you more than likely can’t put on an addition that extends to within a set number of feet from your neighbor’s yard.
Also, keep in mind that your town could have restrictions that limit the size of an addition before you have to get a variance from the town.
Does your desired addition add value to your home?
Many homeowners fall victim to the belief that if they don’t intend to sell their home, then it doesn’t matter whether the addition adds value. Truth is though, adding value to your home is important for many reasons other than wanting to sell it at a higher dollar amount. You never know what life will throw your way, and you very well may find yourself in a situation in which you need to take out a loan using a home equity line of credit. In this type of situation, you’ll want your home to appraise for as much as possible.
There are many types of home additions that add value. You can’t go wrong with adding on a bathroom. Ideally, for each bedroom in the home, you’ll want at least one half-bath. So if you have four bedrooms, you’ll want at least two whole baths, or in the least, one whole bath and three half-baths. HGTV states that you can usually recoup anywhere from 80 to 130 percent of the money you invest in a new bath addition, and even better is the fact that everyone in the household will have access to a bathroom when they need one.
Have you hired a professional architect?
If you’ve yet to hire a professional architect to design your home addition, you need to do so ASAP. Even the best of construction workers can’t make a home addition look right unless a detailed blueprint is developed. A professional architect can pinpoint construction issues before they pop up, followed by providing solutions, which lowers the overall cost of the project and ensures it can be completed by the project deadline. And while you may know the exact way that you want your home addition to look, a professional architect can provide you with valuable pieces of advice that can have the addition project go better than you ever imagined.