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Adding a room or living space to an existing home is one of the most common and best return on investment home improvement projects homeowners can take on. The national average for a home addition project is approximately $41,749. Depending upon your contractor and how you may or may not sub out parts of the work the typical range will come in between $19,400 – $65,000.  Smaller addition projects of 250-350 square feet average $24799 in the U.S.

One of the many possible pitfalls homeowners face when undertaking a home addition is to be far too hasty getting started. There are many important factors that must be weighed regarding the design, material choice, and contractor selection. Then, once you do decide on the basic overview of what your project will entail, you have to be prepared to oversee the work as it’s being completed.

This guide will provide you with an excellent high-level blueprint detailing how to best manage a home addition project including the costs. You’ll learn how to set your expectations so you aren’t disappointed and also how to defend against settling for less than you deserve.

A home addition is no small investment and you deserve to get your money’s worth. The process should be joyful and exciting. Proper planning and taking certain precautions can help to prevent costly mistakes and wasted efforts.

Major home improvement project including a home addition project typically comes down to the scope of your project. Adding new space to your home which can be a major or minor remodeling project, Converting unfinished space, Adding completely new space (room(s) to your house.

Your Addition Approach: Consider Your Options

How you choose to build onto your home will make a huge difference in terms of cost, disruption to your life, and potential legal hassles you might face having to do with zoning and permits. Did you know that your municipality may only allow you to build upon a certain percentage of your entire lot?

Did you know that there are sometimes requirements as to how close you can build to the edge of your lot? These rules are especially common if you live on a suburban street where homes are situated close together. Be sure to call your local municipality and inquire about any restrictions or necessary permits before getting started.

Building Additions

Building Up or Building Out?

While it might seem obvious, some people forget that there are options in terms of which way to build — either upward or outward. Kitchens are almost always on the main floor of a dwelling and unless you’re going to expand your kitchen into another room on your first floor, you’ll need to create more space on the main floor in order to accommodate a larger kitchen.

If your home addition is an additional bedroom or a rec room is your wish, you may consider building upward rather than outward. That being said, the vast majority of home additions are done on the main floor.

Nearly all main floor addition projects will begin with an heavy-equipment excavator clearing the land where the new addition will sit. After the area is cleared, your builder will install the foundation or slab footing for the new expansion. Then, he will frame out the walls and install the roof.

After the entire frame and roof of your new addition is erected, your contractor will then open up an entry point from your original structure to your addition. This could entail a simple doorway or possibly a wider space, depending on the intended use of your addition and the design concept you’ve established.

Building outward is also usually more affordable than adding a second floor.

When adding on to your main floor, you’ll be able to make use of the original part of your home while the construction of the addition is underway. An upward addition will naturally be more disruptive, thus likely causing you to have to relocate for a period of time while the brunt of the construction work is being done.

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