Adding Onto Your Home? 4 Ways to Go About the Project

Adding Onto Your Home? 4 Ways to Go About the Project
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    When you're ready to expand your home, you will want to include the services of professional builders and specialists in designing or constructing the new addition.

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Here are four ways you can get the expert help needed to make your add-on features efficient and attractive.

Design the Layout

First, plan the way the new part of your home will be structured. Decide if you want to enlarge the space to one large area or divide it into several rooms. You will also need to consider whether another bathroom or half-bath will be needed.

You may want to consult an architect or someone with blueprint experience to help you prepare the style and configuration of your new space and whether it will need a separate entrance.

Windows and utility needs should also be incorporated into the plan.

This is a great way to go about starting your project. Once you have the design layed out, you can start construction as soon as you are ready. There is something to be said for planning beforehand.

Install the Foundation

Work with a licensed and insured concrete company to pour the foundation and sidewalk or driveway if warranted.

Rooms that will serve as exercise areas or family gathering places for leisure and entertainment may benefit from a concrete floor, especially if you do not plan to dig a basement or cellar under the addition.

You might want to have the concrete company update your existing concrete fixtures, such as a walkway or garage floor that is starting to disintegrate. Installing the foundation is a smart way to start the addition onto your home.

There are many ways to start, but going from the ground up is a great way to make sure the project starts off right. When installing the foundation, be sure you have competent contractors doing the work correctly.

There is always time for this sort of thing when doing this kind of project.

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Frame the Add-on Area

Following your addition plan, have the structure framed for one or several rooms. You might prefer having contractors do this part of the job to ensure the work complies with building codes in your area and to maintain the new construction’s integrity.

Extended or additional utilities like HVAC, plumbing, and electric will need to be installed as well. When the framing is complete, you will be ready to hang the drywall to finish the new space or rooms.

Then it will just be a matter of painting or papering the new living area to make it ready to use.

Finish the Roof

If you haven’t already done so, complete the roof over the new section of your home. Have it shingled to match the existing roof. Attach new gutters and downspouts to remove moisture from rain, snow, and ice on the roofing for the additional part of the home.

When installing a fireplace or wood burning stove, a chimney will be needed to vent the combustion. Finishing the new roof on your new addition is a great way to complete your home addition project.

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Be sure to have a competent contractor on your side when working on installing a new roof. That way, fewer problems will arise and more will get done. This is a great way to go about doing it.

Adding a new section to your home is similar to building a house on a smaller scale. Start with a clear design and secure building permits. Line up contractors for each part of the work. Make sure it all fits together for a smooth, effective addition. Then enjoy your new space in comfort.

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