Tips for Planning for Home Additions | Chevy Chase MD

d6562a54-ed73-49d7-e7d2-f44ce554c8b9-thumbHome additions can completely change the form and function of any home.It is a big decision to add a single room or perhaps several rooms and will require some careful planning. To help ensure you get the finished home you want, use these 4 tips.

Know What You Want

This may seem obvious, but it is important to really understand exactly what you want as a finished product. How will you use your new home once the renovation is complete? How will you be using your home in 5 years or 10 years? Thinking about how your needs will change over time will ensure you are able to enjoy your new home for longer. If you understand the big picture of what you want then your builder can help you with the details of getting there.

Find the Right Builder

Once you have made the decision to add on to your home and you have an idea of what you want it is time to find the right builder.

  • Make sure they have plenty of experience and can provide references to previous clients. Be sure to actually check those references.
  • Check with the local home builders association or other professional builders association for membership. Membership in such an organization often indicates a high level of customer service and ethics.
  • Check to see if the builder has won any awards or holds any special certifications. Again this indicates excellence.
  • Make sure you get a written contract that explains exactly what the contractor will do and what you need to do if something goes wrong.
  • Verify they are licensed and insured.

Start Picking Finishes Early

In most renovations you are responsible for picking the finishes, flooring, cabinets, lights, paint etc. It is a good idea to start much earlier than you think you need to. Often these decisions take longer than anticipated. Also there may be delays in ordering and if you have extra time built into your timeline that will help avoid delays in the construction.

Plan for Living Under Construction

If you are renovating the home in which you live it will be important to understand how that impacts your daily life. For example if you are adding onto the kitchen you will need to determine how you will eat as you may not have access to appliances. If you are adding onto a living area how will that effect your life during construction? No matter what room you are adding there will be dust and dirt. If you have allergies or difficulty living in this type of situation you may need to consider taking a vacation or finding somewhere else to live temporarily.

It is also a good idea to plan on how you will deal with the stresses of adding on to your home. There will be delays, there may be difficulties that require repair discovered behind walls and there may be additional expenses. All of these add stress and it can be very helpful to consider how to deal with them before you begin. Set aside money for unexpected expenses and ensure you have a clear communication plan with the builder so that when they find an issue they know how to tell you in a timely manner.

Planning ahead for an addition will allow the process to run more smoothly and ensure a better finished product. For more information on adding on to your home contact us.