With the warm February temperatures we are having, many people are getting outside and working around the yard. That time outside gave many people a chance to think about Spring and Summer projects. If one of those projects includes an addition to your home, you’ll want to start talking to your contractor now.
There is a lot of planning that goes into renovations and additions to your home. Most projects will require architectural drawings that can take time to be prepared and approved by your local codes office. It’s important to give enough time for preliminary items to get completed so projects can be started and/or completed on your timeline.
It’s important to remember also that contractor’s schedule starts getting busier when warmer weather hits. Most contractors complete work in the order the contracts are signed. So, getting your project planning started early, gives you a better chance of getting your work completed sooner than those who didn’t.
If you’re unsure what items will be required for your renovation project, contact your contractor. They will guide you through the entire process and make sure you’re happy your renovation or addition.
What You Should Know Before Construction Starts
Love your house but wishing you had more room? Wishing you had a place for a home office, larger family room, or master bedroom? An addition could be a great idea.
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.