Q: What are the first steps in adding an addition?
I am in the very first stages of looking into adding on to my house. Could a contractor or someone with experience adding an addition let me know the basic process. I'm sure it varies greatly depending on city and state; however, there must be some basics that need to be looked into everywhere. We have a 2-story, 2-bedroom house. We would love to add on a new family room and, above that, a master suite. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
You should strongly consider hiring a local firm to help you explore the feasability of adding on to your home. A design/build remodeling contractor may be your best choice as they have the knowledge to know what can and cannot be done and will be able to offer a design that blends well with your existing structure. Anyone can add on to a home, but to design an addition that looks as though it was always there is an art form. Good luck.
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A: Q: What are the first steps in adding an addition?
The most important first step in building an addition, renovating or remodeling your home, is starting with a well thought out design for your project.
Adding to your home is an investment in your most extremely personal asset. Aside from the initial purchase, deciding to renovate or expand your home may be the largest financial commitment that you will make in your lifetime.
Start the process by meeting onsite with an architect to access the scope, budget and feasibility of your project.
Before meeting with the architect you may want to consider the type of addition you believe would suite your needs. Ideally, you know where your property boundaries are and have already spoken to your local zoning official. Your township or borough has a specific set of ordinances governing building location and coverage. Any zoning issues need to be addressed before you move forward with your design.
An architect can help you with a basic understanding as to what the possibilities are for enlarging or renovating your home. You can also begin to discuss initial ideas or strategies such as Green Home Design for building your project.
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