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Getting Started on Your Home Addition

Getting Started on Your Home Addition

Chances are you have come across many inspirational home design pictures, TV shows and remodeling jobs that have sparked your interest. If only your home could look like that…if only!

Well, if you have planned accordingly with your budget and inspiration in mind, that is just the beginning. Before diving into creating your dream project, there is a lot to take into consideration involving a home addition or remodeling. We’ve come up with some Tips, Tricks & Requirements for you to be well-informed in order to start.

Adding Value to Your Home:

Most of the time, home-buyers and yourself included- would love to have a renovated home. In fact, some buyers require homes be renovated when searching the market. Having an addition or remodeling a room in your house will give it new life. And should you ever plan to sell it, when getting an appraisal it will significantly increase its value. Whether you plan to move later on or not, knowing you are making a solid investment in your home is invaluable.  Below is a link for your convenience to research how much your project will cost you and how much value you could add to your home!



Zoning Restrictions:

All municipalities have limits and restrictions for what you can build and where. When it comes to an addition, you can build up or out. This is called a building code, they specify the minimum standards for constructed objects. If you are building out, there are restrictions on the distance you can go without imposing on your neighbors zones. The exact dimensions depend on your local municipality. With these in mind, you will work on your final layout with a contractor.


Getting A Permit:

Give yourself time in advance to apply and acquire your license. The process could take up to 3 weeks. Keep in mind, if you halt construction for more than 3 months, you will have to re-apply for one. There are essentially 3 things you will need to get your license.

  1. Plan
    1. Make sure you have a formal plan of the location and structure of your addition.
  2. Application
    1. Fill out your application with all necessary information.
  3. Check
    1. You will have to pay a fee for this permit, depending on the size and location of your addition.


Building Inspections:

You will need to get your project inspected at multiple times throughout the process.

  1. After excavation for footings is done, and reinforcements are in place
  2. Before you pour a concrete foundation
  3. Before you pour concrete flooring
  4. Once your “trades” are in (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, etc.)
  5. Once the house/addition is framed
  6. After the “trades” are finished
  7. When it’s all completed


Of course with your new addition comes higher property taxes, energy bills, and especially heating and cooling. So make sure you keep in mind the budget and expenses for the future.


Contact us to get started on your home addition!


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  • Sam Li
    January 31, 2019, 7:23 pm REPLY

    I appreciate what you said about keeping zoning restrictions in mind. I think that home extensions are a great way of freeing up space. If I were to get a home extension, I would make sure to contact a reliable contractor.

  • Bryson Owens
    January 23, 2020, 3:56 pm REPLY

    I really like that you talked about when you should be doing building inspections to ensure the addition is built properly. My parents have been saving up for a while now and can finally afford to build their new additions. They really want some more space to host family when they visit, and they want to add a lot of value to the house.

  • Spencer Jordan
    February 20, 2020, 3:32 pm REPLY

    It’s great to know that a lot of places have rules about what you can add to your home. My parents want some more space in their home so they are ready to add a couple of rooms onto the back of the house. I’ll let them know about your article so they can understand what this process will look like.

  • Jarom Linton
    March 17, 2020, 2:04 pm REPLY

    It’s really great to know that we need to get the right permits and applications done before we start construction. Hopefully, if we hire a good contractor we can get these processes done quickly. We want a couple of new rooms in our home this year so that we have more space for our family.

  • Rick Davis
    March 25, 2020, 1:31 pm REPLY

    I liked how you mentioned that adding a room to your house can significantly raise the value of it if you decide to sell it. My wife and I are wanting to sell our house for a profit and we were wondering how we can raise the value of our home. I’ll be sure to tell her that we should add on to the rooms in our house to get the value raised on it.


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