Home Addition Tips and Guidelines

Category: Home Additions



home-additions-needhamWhen most homeowners get ready to undertake a Needham home addition project, they generally already have an idea of what type of room they want to build. Whether it’s a guest bedroom, an upgrade to their basement, a garage or any other type of room, there’s usually a specific purpose for adding square footage tot he home. As you’ve probably guessed an room addition also adds tremendous value to your home, so it’s important to create a new room that compliments your home, matches the current design, as well as a room that makes practical sense. With that in mind, are some guidelines and tips to help you along the way.

Consider The Costs

Whether you’re building up or building out, adding a room or floor to your house will enhance you’r property’s value and help you gain additional usable space. But before you launch your project and hire a construction company make sure you do the math and consider how much your room addition will cost you. There are several key factors which will ultimately determine your total investment. This includes city codes, your home’s’ current construction, and how much materials and labor it will take in order for you to complete the project. Make sure you have a line by line inventory before you begin construction.

Your Neighborhood’s Market Value

Even if you’re not thinking about selling your home, it’s still a good idea to get a report of the current market of the neighborhood in which you live. Although having the nicest home on the block may bring some sense of satisfaction, if you’re house is worth thousands more than the nearest competitor it can be seen as overpriced no matter how much you’ve invested. This make things difficult when it comes to time to sell your home and you have to settle for less than you put into it. Hire a Realtor or tax assessor in order to find out how much you can expect to sell your home for. This may determine if and how much you’re willing to put into that new Needham home addition.

City and State Codes

Nothing will bring your Needham room addition¬†project to a screeching halt faster than finding out that you’re breaking a city code. It’s important to understand that codes are put in place in order to insure that your home is securely built and that your family and neighborhood are safe. It’s a good idea to call your city officials, let them know what you’re doing, and have them brief you on the codes. Any reputable construction company will also know the codes and be licensed and certified in order to build any room according to city and state regulations. Certian types of codes to be aware of may include plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, framing, windows and doors.

Have A Good Plan in Mind

Hiring an experience, seasoned architect and construction company is almost half the battle. A good designer can help you map out your floor plan and show you exactly what the new room will look like before construction ever begins. You need to have a good idea of how your room is going to affect your overall interior and living space. So get a good plan and know exactly where you’re going and how to get there. Proper preparation will insure that the end result is exactly what you were looking for and will also keep you from making mistakes that could cost you time and money.

If you are looking for Home Addition services in Needham, give us a call today at 508-574-7474 or fill out our online request form.


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