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General Guidelines To Add A Room To Your Home
Many factors may encourage you to add a room to your existing home. The new room could be a man cave, a study, make for more or a larger living space, a small bedroom, a small library or just a room that you can use for more than one purpose from time to time. While you can suddenly decide that you need to invest in room addition, you cannot do so overnight and you cannot make a random investment and just add a room. There should be substantial planning in the works.
Here are some general guidelines to follow while adding a room to your home.
- Adding a room will change the size and structure of your home. Unless you are adding a room within a room, your exteriors will change. For a room within a room or large space, it will change the layout of your home. You will need to factor in the viability issue. That is why you should hire a designer who can work on the whole project.
- You will need to get the necessary permissions to adhere to the building codes. For a room within a room, you wouldn’t be violating the building codes but you do need permission for expanding a home outwards. Any external room addition or expanding an existing room outward that makes a property larger, higher or wider will require approval. Check the local zoning laws, building codes and get the permits. You would need a blueprint of the plan to get approved.
- Have a pragmatic budget. Don’t fall for what others are telling you. Do not have very low or very high budgets. Set aside the money that you can affordably spend and do what you can with it. Of course, you should factor in what you need. You may want any kind of attributes in your new room but you must first think of the needs. From insulation to electrical wiring, walling and possibly flooring, you must first account for the imperative expenses.
- DIY home improvement projects are economic but they are not ideal when it comes to adding a room. Also, hiring a designer and hiring another contractor to get the project done would be unwise. Get the same company work on the blueprint or design and construct the additional room. With such an approach, you would have the architect and the contractor in the same team so you have only one company to hold accountable.