Having an addition put onto your home is exciting, but some say that it is fraught with hassles. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be a hassle. Making sure that a few things are in order before going ahead will ensure that the process is smooth, the end result is what you’re looking for, and that there are no problems after the addition is complete. Here are three things you can do to ensure that everything goes as planned:
- Have a survey drawing on hand. Homeowners typically get one of these when they buy the house, but not everyone has it handy when it’s finally needed. If the house is several years old, the drawings may have been lost at some point. Also, there are cases in which the original drawings were never handed over. When the drawings were lost or never owned in the first place, the homeowner should have a new survey done to replace them.Even if the original survey drawings are still present, a new survey should be done if the land has substantially changed. Changes that make this worthwhile include other additions that have been done, new outbuildings, new pools, and other such improvements.The reason it’s so important for us to have survey drawings is that they allow architects and builders to see exactly where the current structures are and exactly where the lot lines are. This ensures that your latest addition won’t interfere with what’s already on your land and that they won’t trespass over the lot lines.
- Know what to expect. Construction work is typically loud and dusty, starts extremely early in the day, and involves plenty of crew members. Many people find that it’s a good idea to go to a hotel during large projects like the construction of an addition. If you’re likely to be made anxious by the noise, it’s a good idea to go to a hotel while the construction takes place and then come back when it’s time to see the wonder of your completed improvement.
- Start with an architectural firm. While construction companies offer design and build services, an independent architect can ensure that you get multiple points of view and that can lead to a much better finished project.Architects will listen when you tell them all of the things you want to be able to do in the new part of the house, how you want to access the new area, and how big you want it to be. This allows them to design an addition that will make you happy for years to come. They also pay close attention to the currently-existing parts of your home so that the addition will come out looking like it was always meant to be there. Blending the old and new is often a challenge. You won’t have to worry about that tacked-on look that can lower property values instead of enhancing them. Of course, an architect will also take care of the most basic factors of architecture, which is making sure that the design will produce an addition that give you the home of your dreams.
By preparing basic requirements beforehand, hiring a true architectural firm to do the design, and being ready for the inevitable noise and dust of new construction, you’ll do a lot to make the addition-building process go smoothly. You’ll also ensure that there won’t be any trouble down the line.
To learn more about the process of addition design or to set up an appointment to get one of our highly-detailed proposals, just contact us. We’ll be happy to come out and discuss all of your needs.