Whether your family is growing, your in-laws are moving in, or you just need more space, you might be considering adding onto your home. Building a home addition can be the perfect solution. Here are some benefits of building a home addition:
1. An Addition Can Turn Your House Into Your Dream Home
When evaluating whether to remodel your home or move, overall costs are important. Building a home addition is cheaper than buying a new home, especially in a competitive market. Even if your local real estate market is depressed, building an addition will cost less than buying a new home with as much space as what you have now plus the addition.
A home addition gives you the added advantage of gaining needed space and function while holding onto a house where you may have made some wonderful memories. With a home addition and some interior remodeling if needed, you can turn your current house into your dream home.
A good contractor as your partner can help turn your current home into one that suits your needs, and also allows you to work with the same awesome team for all of the projects. These are just some of the reasons to work with a whole-home improvement contractor.
2. Home Additions Add More Livable Space
Home additions are one of the classic ways to add more space to your home. With any addition, you will add functional space to your home, and depending on the type of addition, you will increase the livable square footage.
Room additions that are designed and built to be bedrooms or a home addition meant to be an in-law suite all add space to your home, increase the number of bedrooms, and increase livable space. Depending on the layout and how you want to use these areas, you could even earn some extra income by renting out this space.
Other home additions, like three or four-season sunroom additions, may not meet the requirements for a bedroom, but still add functional space, storage space, and square footage to your home. You can also modify existing spaces to add more space by enclosing a patio or deck.
3. Additions Increase the Value of Your Home
A home addition also may pay for itself if you decide to sell your house. Of course, there are a number of factors that affect the likelihood that this will happen, and the real estate market is unpredictable, but in general, home additions increase the value of your home.
However, the cost of a two-story home addition or other home addition ideas can be almost fully recovered when you eventually sell your home. Because of the increase in square footage, usable space, and potentially increased bedroom or bathroom listings, a home addition is one of the ways to add value to your home.
4. You Can Build What You Want With Home Additions
One of the biggest benefits of building a home addition is that, as long as everything works within local building codes and regulations, you can build what you want with home additions. You’ll collaborate with your contractor to design the home addition, so it’ll be your creation and there are plenty of options available and flexibility for customization.
If you want to add a bedroom, there may be special requirements for the new room to be officially listed as another bedroom. There may be other specific considerations for other types of home additions, but overall, you have the freedom to work with your contractor to build whatever you need inside and out.
Think about the space around the addition as well as the space inside. You might have to reconsider the landscaping in your yard. This is one of the things to consider when choosing home addition placement and it also presents an exciting opportunity to reimagine the space!
Get the Home Addition You Want With Zephyr Thomas
There are many benefits of building a home addition, but first, you have to figure out what you want. When dreaming up your home addition, it can get overwhelming when you start to think about planning. There is a lot to think about when it comes to how to plan for a home addition. Take the process step-by-step and it won’t seem like such a huge undertaking after all.
First, ask yourself why you want more space and what your priorities are. This can help you determine what is the best home addition for your home and ensure that you end up with what you want. Write a paragraph or two about why you want the addition.
Get your thoughts on paper if you need to and review them. In doing so, you may even spur other creative ideas. Plus, you’ll be fully prepared for a discussion with your contractor and able to describe exactly what you want and why.
With a direction in mind, get inspired! Go to Pinterest and Instagram, and maybe spend an afternoon in the bookstore checking out home improvement or interior decorating magazines. Ask your contractor for a tour of their showroom or to go through their portfolio.
Once you have a rough idea of what you want your addition to look like, talk to your contractor again. At Zephyr Thomas, we handle all the details. So, we’ll run it by the local authorities to check that the home addition you want is in the clear and take care of permits. If the design violates any ordinances, we’ll work with you and local officials to bring it into compliance and get you the home addition you want.
Call Zephyr Thomas today at 717-399-4708 or stop by our office to start planning your dream home addition!
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