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Home Additions

Design-Build: Additions & Renovations

Sooner or later, many homeowners find that their home is either not big enough for their family, or their lifestyle requirements have changed so that the home no longer meets their needs. No matter what the reason, you are left with the choice between buying another home, building a custom home, or expanding the home you already own. Deciding whether to build a home addition or build a new home with more space is a complicated issue, and the answer isn’t going to be the same for everybody.

If you have been unhappy with your house for awhile, are feeling cramped and now see the need for more space, this may be your chance to start fresh and design a new custom home. On the other hand, if you are fond of your house, the neighborhood, and would like to retire there if it weren’t for the space constraints, an addition or renovation could be a way for you to stay in your home and get the space that you need.

The first step is to evaluate the feasibility of an addition project. Is your existing home and lot suitable for adding a new addition. Local building codes and restrictions need to be researched to determine such things as: setbacks, coverage area restrictions, height restrictions, possible septic expansion issues, zoning and conservation approvals, etc. Envision Homes and our engineering partners have the experience and expertise to guide you through the maze of regulations and restrictions so that you can make an informed decision.

The next and probably most important step in building an addition, renovating or remodeling your home, is to start with a well thought out professional design for your project. Envision Homes specializes in designing and building new homes and additions. Read More

A professional design will make sure the addition will not look like an addition from the inside or outside of the house.  A good addition will look as though it was there when the house was built. A bad addition will look like a blob stuck on the side of your house. Good additions need to take into account, how the new roof will tie in with the existing roof, the use materials, the overall scale and mass of the home, and the homes architectural style.

 

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Below are some considerations to take into account when evaluating your home for an addition or renovation project.

Pros

  • An addition can be a good investment, helping to increase the value of a home. Using a home equity line of credit or getting a new mortgage that includes money to pay for the addition can be a wise financial decision, especially when interest rates are low.
  • Building an addition is an ideal time to invest in energy-efficient fixtures and construction. Windows that prevent hot or cool air from escaping and low-energy-consuming appliances can minimize the cost of an addition by reducing energy bills and its environmental impact.
  • Your home may be where you raised children, or even grew up yourself, and for some moving is not an option because of the emotional attachment felt towards your home. In this instance an addition or renovation will allow you to stay within the home and neighborhood you love.
  • It is typically more affordable to add a home addition onto your home rather than purchase another home with the square footage that you require
  • Adding square footage commonly adds value to your home. In some cases you will be able to recoup part or all of the cost of home addition at the time of sale

 

Cons

  • A new home addition can be an invasive process, Be prepared to have contractors in and out of your homes for weeks at a time. Construction can be noisy and an inconvenience if you are living in the home, and larger projects may require you to temporally move out of the home which can add additional cost.
  • If the home is an older home there may be unexpected expenses that don’t initially show up such as plumbing, wiring,  mechanical problems, or inadequate existing construction that need to be repaired or replaced. These unexpected problems can add significantly to the cost of the project.
  • While an addition is likely to raise the value of a home a new assessment will probably also raise the property taxes. Prior to adding on, homeowners should estimate the value of their home with the addition and compute a new annual tax liability based on current tax rates.