Beyond Looks: Top Elements to Consider When It Comes to Home Additions

The design of a home addition is more than just about aesthetics. There are plenty of considerations to make, which can make or break the dream room you’re envisioning. If you carefully map out your plans (and have it executed by professionals), you can count on a satisfactory renovation.

What are the key things you need to think of when it comes to additions? Here are a few points that you can discuss more extensively with your contractor:

Learn what type of framing your house has, as it will dictate the construction’s complexity.

The frame is your home’s skeleton, and it provides the support to the entire structure. Make sure your existing framing can handle the addition you’re planning, especially if a part of the home will be knocked down or if you’re building a second level. If your framing needs to be extended, a professional contractor will ensure that a similar sturdy wood will be used, properly laid out, and secured with the right bonding materials.

Think of the utility upgrades that your renovation and your new room will require.

The heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical systems, plumbing, and lighting—these are the most important utilities that will be involved in any addition project. Will you build a sunroom or rooftop deck that can be independent of the central heating and cooling system of your home? Will you have a new bathroom installed which will require plumbing modifications? Your contractor will give you a clear picture of these critical elements of the remodel.

Make sure the new room fits the existing home layout.

Include the home’s current layout in the planning. Consider the overall look of the home, and imagine how the addition can seamlessly be integrated. For instance, an additional living room or bedroom can be designed with windows and roofing materials similar to the rest of the house. It can also be positioned in such a way that it maximizes your view of the outdoors or natural light.

Sources:

10 Considerations for the Bedroom Addition of Your Dreams, Houzz

Important Considerations When Building A Home Addition, The House Designers

From the Ground Up: Framing, This Old House

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About valleyhomeimprv

Steve Silverman is Cape Cod native with a BA in psychology from Bates College. He moved to the Pioneer Valley in 2004 and became a VP with VHI a year later, then bought the 20 employee company in 2013. He and his wife and two teenagers have a farm in Southampton where he spends time growing food and learning new ways to live in harmony with the land.

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