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Four Things to Consider when Planning a Room Addition

elite 23 87 700 500 80Building a room addition on your own is quite a big project, and demands a certain amount of skill and knowledge. Perhaps a new family member is about to arrive, or you are finally building the master suite you’ve wanted for years, or continuing to cram your family into that tiny kitchen is not working for you anymore. When it comes to building such desired additions it is important to bring in professional subcontractors to complete the job. To be successful in a room addition project, you need to not only plan ahead, but also think through every step that must occur until the project is complete. The most important steps include: 

Identify the key objectives  

A good starting point is to come up with a wish list, or a compilation of factors that you feel are essential to the new space you are creating that will influence the shape or design. Ask yourself what problems you intend to address, or what you want the project to accomplish. A room addition obviously points to the need for more living space, but do you also need to improve home traffic-flow, increase entertaining space, or boost storage capacity?

Design your space 

It is important to invest in detailed architectural plans drawn up by a professional, because they provide a clear roadmap to guide the entire project. A good concept should blend with the existing house’s design and materials, so it does not standout in a negative way. Planning will help you identify whether you need to remove or alter a supporting wall. The size will also help to determine whether you need to excavate a foundation or simply cantilever the floor joists. 

Establish a budget  

You need to know roughly how much you want to spend on this new addition and where the money will come from, as this will influence the scope of the project. Once you have the budget, make sure that your plans reflects a use of about 80% of the total, so that you have about 20% set aside for unforeseen problems or changes. 

Permits and codes 

It is a requirement in many states that you get a permit before any construction is done, especially if it is greater than 200 sq. ft. To get a permit, you need: 

A plan, which you can get from an architect or local contractor 

To fill a residential building permit application from your municipal building department (or over the internet)

A check – you will be charged a fee depending on the cost of the construction you’re undertaking. 

You will also need to establish a time frame for your project. And if you are in the Columbus, Ohio area, then do not hesitate to contact Elite Home Remodeling, who would be happy to assist you with your room addition.


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