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Room Additions: A Three-Part Checklist – Part 1: Key Considerations

Room Additions: A Three-Part Checklist – Part 1: Key Considerations
Project Planning

For many families, adding on is often preferable to buying a bigger house in another location, where you have to worry about selling your home, purchasing another, schools, commuting distance, the neighborhood, and proximity to medical facilities and other conveniences.


Room additions are not only a practical solution to a growing family’s home space needs, they are also a great way to increase the overall value of a home. If you’re already sold on getting a room addition, congratulations! You’re a step closer towards enjoying one of the most fruitful investments you’ll make on your home. However, to ensure that, there are a few considerations you have to take note of. To get you started, ask yourself the following questions: 

  • What’s my budget? It is important to ask yourself this before you begin your home addition project because it establishes your financial capacity. Don’t be ashamed of being realistic. Setting limits may negate some options but there are tons of workarounds that your contractor can offer to ensure your satisfaction.
  • Am I working with the right contractor? It is imperative that you carefully choose the right home improvement professional. The skills and expertise of the contractor will determine the outcome of your home addition. Don’t forget to look for a contractor that is licensed, bonded and insured to avoid any inconveniences through the duration of the project.
  • Is there a specific design I want for the new room? To help you figure out how you want your room addition to turn out, consider the following:
Location

Decide carefully where you want to place your new room, factoring in how it will affect the rest of your home. You can talk to an architect for ideas.

Outdoor access

Do you want direct access to a patio or garden, or is privacy most important? Your room addition should address this.

Windows

Do you want to take advantage of daylighting? Your interest in harnessing natural light will aid in choosing windows for your room addition. Keep in mind too that windows will affect both the room’s indoor and outdoor appearance.

Views

If you have a stunning view outdoors, make sure you make the most of it by orienting the room to make the view a focal point.

Ceiling

A high ceiling can make a small room look bigger. You can also opt to have varying finishes in your ceiling for a more appealing space.

Lighting

The room’s function and your preferences will guide what kind of lighting fixtures you select. Don’t forget that your windows will affect lighting needs too.

Aside from being prepared, a successful room addition is about knowing what to avoid. In the next part, we’ll be talking about common mistakes homeowners make during room addition projects. 

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