Adding an addition to your home is not a minor home renovation project. It should come as no surprise that there are a number of questions to ask yourself, ideas to consider, and overall level of know-how you should acquire before jumping in. Luckily, your friends at DRF Builders in Santa Rosa are here to help you review some key things to think about before embarking on a major home addition.
Consult with Your Local Home Builder or Construction Company to Explore the Possibilities
This may seem intuitive but as many begin to dream about the endless home addition possibilities, they forget to consult with reality first and foremost. You may have come to the determination that you would like to expand your home, but you need to consult with experts to understand what the true logistics and possibilities are. Will you be adding onto the back, side, or on top of the house? How will that determination work to merge with the existing framework? Working with a professional to understand your options will save you a lot of time, effort, frustration, and will allow you to map out your vision more quickly.
Take a Good Look at the Grounds
You will need to take a good hard look at the area you plan to build your addition. We can help you examine the location of trees and other buildings in the area, and how they could affect your addition. We can also help you consider things like sun exposure, shade, the view you’re trying to take advantage of, and any obstructions that might need to be considered. Most of our customers need help considering obstacles like power and fuel lines, septic tanks, and other common site issues.
Make sure to consult with your local city government or home owners association to ensure there are no unexpected restrictions or building codes that could impede your home addition project. We’re always happy to help our customers understand and conform to local ordinances.
When to Splurge and When to Save
Unless money is no obstacle, most people need to figure out how to scale their grand addition dreams into something that will fit into their budget for the project. Figure out which costly features are truly important to you (whether it be a kitchen island, grand window, or fireplace) and make the hard decision of where to save elsewhere. By always keeping your budget and numbers in check, you’ll be able to visualize your features in the early stages of the project. DRF Builders can provide expert advice on how to keep costs down and plan a project within your budget.
Plan for the Construction Itself
Depending on the scale and location of your addition, you may need to consider a contingency plan for the construction phase. Will you need to move kitchen appliances to another area as your kitchen is expanded? How will your pets respond to loud construction noise? Will you need to shuffle your living arrangement around while a certain bedroom is expanded? Careful preparation can make construction a much more pleasant experience.
DRF Builders Knows Home Additions and Can Help
DRF Builders has been helping Sonoma County residents plan and build their dream home additions since 2009. In addition to the considerations we mentioned, there are many aspects to a home addition project. Our team is dedicated to helping you every step of the way, ensuring your home addition is done right and on time. Contact us today to request a free quote and learn how we can help build your dream home.