Growing your family and don’t have enough space for everyone? If you have enough space for additional home construction, you should definitely consider an addition to your home… especially if you love your neighborhood and the area. The typical home addition construction project consists of adding new bedrooms, living room, or an additional bathroom. Adding these types of rooms to the home will surely add value, but it will also make the homestead more livable for your entire family.
Obviously this type of project will require a great deal of work, including permits, an expert architect, contractor, electrician and/or a plumber depending on what additional space you’ll require for your project. Consider your skills if you’re wanting to try a DIY, including how large and complicated the project may be. If the project is more involved, then it’s advisable to hire the pros. Also consider if doing this project will be worth it. Will the cost add to the resell value and return on investment?
Before you begin your next project, consider the following steps to save yourself some headaches.
How much will your project cost? Remember the larger the project, the more costly it will be as there will be a wider range of expenses. Hiring a contractor, if you’re not skilled in construction project management, will help you with estimates and overall cost. The budget can be set to your tastes. If you’re like most homeowners, you’ll need to secure funding through a home equity loan, second mortgage, or a line of credit.
Depending on if you’re wanting; a simple, additional room or a full, new kitchen will determine the costs as well as the scope of the new build. A kitchen will certainly cost more than a bedroom, even just updating a kitchen, because of the many variables involved, will obviously cost more. This is all fairly straightforward and logical. It’s important to plan your work and then work your plan.
You can either hire a general contractor to manage your build, which can include hiring and managing sub-contractors for certain parts, or every step of the project… or you can manage the entire project yourself. Also, you need plans for the new addition… so you might require the services of an architect as well. Floor plans and overall plans will be needed for the permit applications as well as to figure the costs and management of the project.
If you are hiring a contractor, they’ll take care of getting the permits and the scheduling of inspections, etc., for entire construction project. if not, you’ll have to take care of this piece yourself and coordinate with the county or city hall to get your permits and inspections coordinated..
Your project may require a full-scale foundation like those in a new house so you’ll need to prepare the jobsite, which will probably include heavy equipment and attendant operators, for demolition and digging footings, etc..
Work typically begins with framing the structure as soon as the foundation is set and cured. After the framing is complete, next steps will be adding sheathing and roofing for weatherproof. Installation of windows and doors is next. Once this step is complete you can begin with electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. After roughing in the electrical devices and plumbing, ductwork, and everything in between, means you are ready to add insulation and drywall. Once completed it’s time to finish the interiors with flooring, cabinetry, and painting the walls.
Lastly, the addition of fixtures. Adding the fixtures, connections like outlets, wall switches, adding HVAC equipment, installing and final hookups for plumbing can be done simultaneously, when finishing the interiors. Some minor tweaks here and there, and you are done.
Other builds may include landscaping the property and working on the exterior of the home.
It’s imperative that you work from a to-do list after the main work is complete, to ensure the entire project is done to your liking before letting go of your contractor… some finishing touches may be needed.
Once you’re satisfied with the overall work, you’ll typically have a final walkthrough of the project , along with the inspection company, to check that everything was done to spec and up to code.
At completion your builder will submit the final invoice, depending on your executed contract.