You and your family have simply outgrown your current space. Moving is out of the question, but you also can't bear to keep living in a cramped space. Why not add on? Adding on to your existing home gives you all the perks of a new space without the stress of moving. If you're considering an addition to your home, here are some tips to help you get the most out of this project.
Be Prepared For Exterior Upgrades
Make sure you understand that a new addition is going to change the outward appearance of your home-- there is no way around it. When you begin a project with this understanding, you can better plan for any necessary upgrades you will need to make to the exterior of your home beforehand. Take a house with four bright red shutter-lined windows, for example. The home addition will double the number of red shutter-lined windows to 8.
Depending on the other decor selections you have around the exterior of your home, 8 bright red shutter-lined windows might not look too appealing. Going to a more neutral color like black, or simply removing the shutters, might be a better fit. If you understand that you will likely need to make some changes to other areas of your home, you won't be shocked or disappointed.
Think Outside The Box
If you're looking to add on, you likely have a clear idea what you want. Just don't be closed to alternatives. Take a three-bedroom home, for instance. The owner has two children sharing a bedroom in order to reserve one of the rooms as a home office, so they're looking to add on a bedroom and bathroom to give each child their own space. Seems simple enough, right? The answer is no.
An alternative would be to convert the existing office space into a bedroom and reserve the add on for a new home office. This type of out-of-the-box thinking could allow the homeowner to eliminate the need to add an additional bathroom, which can save both time and money spent on the project. When speaking with the contractor, be willing to think outside the box, as it might save you in the end.
A home addition is a large project that requires proper planning. Make sure you are relying on the expertise of your contractor like one from D4 Construction to not only give you the home of your dreams, but also help you select the most efficient design.
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