3 secrets of successful home additionsSuccessful home additions are quite possible when everything is properly planned in advance. Unfortunately, those without the proper experience often miss a few key things that can turn what seems like a good plan into a disaster.

Here are three of the most important aspects that you and your architect or designer will need to keep in mind in order to ensure that the end result is as good as you originally envision:

1) Pay attention to the basic structural elements. This is obvious to a true architect because an architect is trained to look at things like what’s behind the walls and what’s holding the structure up. Someone who is more used to paying attention to outside appearances, on the other hand, is likely to miss this crucial aspect of building an addition. Such oversights lead to failed foundations and walls that can fail.

The reason foundations and walls fail is because they were made to handle the house as it was before the addition. Building outwards puts strain on the part of the foundation closest to the addition, while building upwards strains the walls as well as the foundation. The key to avoiding these problems is simple: The supporting elements must be improved in an architecturally-sound way before the addition goes on. That way, they’ll be able to support the new weight.

2) Hire a qualified contractor. Not everyone who advertises a willingness to build additions is qualified to do so, as the problems mentioned in point #1 attest. Look for one who works with a qualified architect so that you can be sure that they’ll be going by well-thought plans. Also, be sure to hire one that has experience building full additions rather than just walls, roofs, and floors.

While it may seem like an addition is just a collection of basic elements, it’s actually very complex. Building the whole thing is not just a matter of doing all of the different elements in a row, but also requires the ability to make them work together from scratch. It’s far more like building a mini-house and then meshing it in with the existing one.

3) Remember that an addition won’t solve all problems. Some people consider getting an addition because they’re running out of room in their current house. The results of this sort of motivation depend on the reason for the original tight squeeze.

Good reasons for expanding the house include children who have grown too big for their original tiny bedrooms, the addition of more kids, or the need for one or more rooms with specific functions.

Making room for more things, on the other hand, is a bad reason to get an addition. There are many reasons that it’s bad to put on an addition for things. First, you’ll almost surely just keep collecting even more things after the addition is up and then run out of space again. The second is that things don’t need to be comfortable. They’ll be just as well-off in a storage unit and the storage unit rental will be cheaper than the payments on a construction project.

That said, additions can be wonderful when you need room for specific items that you actually use. Getting your gym equipment out of the front room or moving your sewing supplies to a dedicated sewing room will allow you to use the associated equipment without interruptions or complaints about it being in the way.

With these things in mind, you’ll have a much higher chance of enjoying your new home addition without any negative after-effects. Contact us today to learn what it’ll take to build one with a sound structural aspect as well as a beautiful outward appearance. 

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