Adding An Addition

One of the most complex renovations you can do on your house is to add something to the existing structure. In this series of articles, we are going to take a look at some things you need to think about when it comes to putting an addition onto your home. Let's begin by taking a look at the different reasons why someone would want to make an addition.

Growing family

One of the biggest reasons to add on to your home is that you have a growing family. Often our family expands but our budgets do not and it is impossible to be able to afford an entirely new house to live in, at least in the area. Many growing families choose to add a room onto their houses for children, in-laws, sometimes even a nanny. Vancouver and other major cities are filled with homes that have been added to over time, so now they contain many different parts which have come together through the years.

Added value

It doesn't take a real estate license course to tell you that an addition to your home will increase its value. In fact, it doesn't matter what the addition is; almost any project that adds extra square footage in lumber or improves your home will result in a higher value. Of course, it will also result in higher property taxes, but we will take a look at that a bit deeper in the actual articles.

Increasing your storage or recreational space

Another big reason why people add to their houses is to expand the recreational space they have available. These additions may include putting in a pool, building a pool house or garage, or putting in a deck. All are designed to add some square footage of improvement material to a home, providing some extra room for fun and/or storage.

Whatever reason you have for putting an addition onto your house, the information in this series will be of assistance to you. Whereas an addition just over a decade ago might have included relying solely on the advice of a general contractor, today there are many of different tools that can be used in collaboration. Software, digital pictures, and advice can all help give you a good idea of what that addition will look like before you even begin; we'll tell you what works best and why.

You also need to have an idea about the money you'll be spending when it comes to putting an addition onto your home. You may be a vet or a forestry worker in British Columbia; you still have limited funds when it comes to home improvement projects. We can help you get an idea about how much your project will cost.

Finally, there is the inconvenience that sometimes comes with putting an addition on your home. While that extra work is evident when you look at properties that include additions, it can be hard leading a normal life in the middle of a construction site. We'll help you figure out ways to minimize interruptions to the daily routine of you and your family.

Look to this series for all the information you need when putting an addition onto your home. We cover all angles in order to help you make the best decisions possible. You could also consider speaking with a company like Rental Rebate about possible home renovation rebates for owners. Save yourself some money!





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Sunday, October 22, 2017