It is easy to get carried away with the planning phase of your home addition. You want a sunroom, a larger kitchen and a master bathroom addition. You’re also contemplating adding a family room with a fireplace and a built-in bar. While these are all great home additions, planning them all might leave you in the planning stage for decades.
Determine the Most Beneficial Addition
If you have multiple additions and ideas for those additions, determine which one would be most beneficial for you and your family. You can do this by developing a list of pros and cons for each addition. For some, the results might indicate that they would best benefit from bumping out the master bedroom to build private bathroom. For others, it might mean adding 200 square feet to the kitchen.
Once you determine which addition would best benefit your family, gather ideas by looking through home design catalogs and online. Home improvement stores often have magazines and color samples that can help you choose the perfect color scheme for your addition. Many also offer samples of various types of flooring. As you gather images and swatches keep them in a scrap book. If you find yourself getting lost in your ideas or confused, stop looking for new ideas and work with what you’ve previously gathered.
Decide on the Luxuries
To keep costs in line with your budget, determine which luxuries are on your must have list. If you are planning a kitchen expansion and upgrade, your luxury might be to install all new gourmet appliances or a built-in breakfast nook. If you plan to build a family room, a custom entertainment center might be worth the splurge.
Hire an Architect
Once you have a good idea of what you want for your home addition, it’s time to hire an architect. An architect can save you both time and money by taking your ideas and turning them into feasible plans. The architect can also help clarify questions you may have in order to keep the process moving.
An architect can make several preliminary drawings that take into consideration your needs, desires and budget. As you view the plans, you will easily be able to make changes. Architects are also familiar with building codes and will be able to provide you with a set of drawings that are compliant with your city’s building codes.
Hire a Home Remodeling Contractor
Once you have your plans, you can take them to a building contractor to have those plans turned into your dream home addition. A contractor will be able to give you a solid estimate on the cost of building your home addition and a time-frame for completing the project.
To make sure you are getting the best work for the best price, you should talk to at least three remodeling contractors. If you are having trouble finding a contractor or do not know where to begin, your architect may be able to recommend a contractor.
Finalize Your Plans
Once you have your contractor, finalize your home remodeling plans to ensure they are exactly what you want. Trying to change things during the construction process is time-consuming and could push your home remodel outside your budget.
Build Your Addition
Get a start date from the contractor and plan for the building of the addition. Some homeowners opt to live in the home while the addition is being built. Others opt to take a vacation or stay in a hotel while the bulk of the work is completed. If you’re worried about project oversight, sometimes the architect can also act as a project manager to ensure you get exactly what you want.