If you've been dreaming of building a room addition, here's how to get the ball rolling. Planning is the key element, as it helps make the design and construction go smoothly.
The first step is to narrow down your room addition plans. Decide how you'll use the space and talk with remodeling contractors about the pros and cons of various uses. If you want to expand your kitchen, for example, you'll gain tons of valuable space to use every day. The trade off is that the project may take several months to complete.
After you've decided whether to add a sunroom or expand your kitchen or master bedroom, you'll want to zero in on the contractor. Look for a remodeling contractor who specializes in room additions, as he or she is likely to know how to draw detailed plans, work through the building permit stage, and manage all the subcontractors.
Your room addition plans should fit your lifestyle and budget, so spend some time upfront discussing these issues with the contractor. Do you want a large kitchen island, a fireplace, or room for a home theater in your room addition? Each choice you make changes how the remodeling contractor approaches the project.
When you design a room addition, take into account how the rest of your house will flow. Are you changing the main traffic flow through the house? Will you gain better access to the outdoors? Will you have to buy new furniture to fit the space? It helps to know all the nuances before you start.
Another important consideration is when to start a project. If your room addition plans call for redoing the kitchen, try to start it during warm weather. This allows you to grill outdoors and reduce some of the inconvenience.
If you're simply adding on a room that can be closed off during the construction, the time of year is not as important. Just make sure to allow plenty of time for the construction before scheduling your holiday party in the new room.
Building a room addition is an exciting project that can dramatically change how your house feels and functions. Take the time now to plan it out and discuss all the details with the remodeling contractor.