What You Should Know Before Construction Starts
If you love your home and want to live there long term, an addition could be a great way to create more room and give you the additional space you need. Before you make final plans, it’s important to know what may be involved in the construction. Here are a few considerations:
- Building Codes – You have a good idea what you want and maybe even know where you want the addition, but you first need to consider any building codes for the area where you live. Every municipality has their own set of regulations for building. This would include required setbacks from your property line, electrical codes, underground utilities just to name a few.
- Design – Once you know the building codes you need to follow, you need to made decisions on the design of your addition and the specific location you want it built. You want to ensure it’s in a location that is convenient to access from the other living space of your home, especially if you are adding two or more stories.
- Impact – Will the location of your addition encroach on any utility access or affect any future zoning and planning requirements.
- Other Considerations – does your current home have the mechanical, plumbing and electrical capacity to handle the addition you want?
It is best to talk to a contractor as you make these decisions. They can help answer a lot of questions before you begin and help you design an addition that will not only look good on your property but fit the design of other homes in your neighborhood. He can also contact your municipality for information on codes and zoning.
Your contractor should also have access to an architect or engineer that can help ensure the addition is built correctly and consider any and all safety factors.
Choosing the right contractor will make the construction run smoothly and help you make the best decisions for your home and family. This will ensure you get the best possible addition that you will enjoy for many years to come.