Considerations When Building a Home Addition

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Considerations When Building a Home Addition

Building a new home addition is an exciting and significant endeavor. Whether you’re considering a new kitchen addition, a new family room addition, or a new home office, home additions are something many homeowners, and homebuyers have on their wish list. There are several factors to consider before undergoing your project. Here are five points to mull over as you consider the job ahead.

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What Are The Legal Considerations?
First and foremost, will the law allow you to build your home addition? Zoning laws can vary widely depending on your intended use and the municipality; the laws in Westport will be different from the laws in Greenwich, for example. In many cases the process can be easier than some of the worst-case scenarios that you may have heard, but it pays to do your homework before you make any plans.

How Much Room Is Available for Your Addition?
One common point of confusion for many homeowners is assuming that the available land is buildable. This is not always the case. For example, you may not be able to build if there are critical home systems underneath your intended space. Power cables, sewer, drainage, the grade of the land, and a host of other factors may hinder your ability to build on certain portions of the property. Floor Area Ratio (FAR) will also dictate how much square footage is allowed on your property. In some cases, however, these obstacles can be overcome with the right engineering.

What Will The Space Be Used For?
Evaluate your needs and considering how a home addition can fulfill them. Do you need more space to work from home? Are you building a new addition to accommodate a growing family? Or do you simply want to add more square footage for entertaining friends and family? The use of the space will often dictate the design and construction methods.

Consider Material
Depending on the age of your home, creating a seamless exterior match may be difficult to achieve. For interior spaces consider the building style of your home when adding new finishes. For example if your home is a Victorian style, a contemporary addition may create an aesthetic conflict. Do some research as to which styles and time period details work well together. An architect will be able to help you with these design issues.

How Will It Affect Your Property’s Overall Value?
It’s assumed that the more space you have in your home, the more it’s worth. This isn’t always the case, especially with custom spaces built for a specific purpose. Keep this in mind when looking at an addition; weigh the value of the space as it applies to your needs and wants – versus the long-term broad resale appeal and overall financial value.

No matter what, it’s always worth considering a home addition. Making your space more comfortable can help make a house a home.