For those homeowners who might be considering an addition, patience and planning will ensure that your project has a good outcome. Here are six things to keep in mind when thinking about pursing your dream addition.
1. The Permit Process
Permitting is a critical part any addition project, and failure to obtain the appropriate permits will result in substantial fines. For those additions not built to code, upgrades or demolition may be required.
When builders commit to securing permits, it’s up to the homeowner to make certain those permits have been filed. While unscrupulous contractors will be dealt with severely, homeowners who are victims will still be held accountable.
2. Professional Design
It’s important for homeowners to consider a professional architect when planning an addition. Although some contractors will have design experience, others may sell themselves as designers in order to secure the job.
Additions that are built using substandard construction methods may not pass the inspection process. For an addition that is safe and up to code, professional blueprints are an absolute must.
3. Subsequent Renovations and Upgrades
Homeowners need to understand the impact their addition will have on the existing living space. While an addition will cost “x” amount of dollars, upgrades to the exiting home may add “x” to that amount.
Examples of possible upgrades are electrical service, HVAC systems, and plumbing. While upgrades may be minimal for many projects, homeowners need to consider the additional expense.
4. Overall Impact
Homeowners rarely visualize an addition in three dimensions. It’s surprising how many people don’t stop to consider how a multi-story structure will impact their views from other areas in the home, the way their outdoor spaces are shaded, and the level at which an addition will consume the footprint of a front or backyard.
It’s important for homeowners to physically map out their addition and give careful consideration to its overall impact.
5. Septic Design Issues
For homeowners who have private septic systems, most municipalities will require that the system be redesigned and upgraded. This requirement may even be enforced when no additional bathrooms are being added to the home.
Homeowners should research this issue on a local level. Redesign and septic system upgrades will amount to a considerable amount of money when they are required.
6. Be Your Neighbors Best Friend
Code issues and regulations aside, neighbors can be your best supporter or they can sink your addition plans. If there is any question that your addition will impact a neighbor, do your best to set them at ease.
Building an addition is a wonderful way to add space to your floor plan and add value to your home. Doing your homework will help to avoid problematic issues that could have a significant impact on your plans and your budget.
Information credited to Rusco Industries, Airdrie, AB renovations.