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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.


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