Adding on to your home is a great way to give yourself necessary space, whether it’s for a new bedroom, a home office, or a sunroom. Not only does it make your home bigger and more functional, it’s also a great way to add value to the house in the event that you ever want to sell. However, there are a few key considerations that you should keep in mind before making plans for building an addition.
- Designing as an Entire House – A good way to design your addition is to pretend like you’re designing the entire house from the ground up. How would your ideal home look if you were designing from scratch? This is a great way to see past what you think your limitations are and to get creative when planning your addition. It’s also a good way to ensure that your addition looks like it was part of the original house design and not an afterthought.
- The Resale Value – Building an addition is one of the costliest remodeling projects that you can undertake. Because of this, remember that even though it will add value to your home, you probably won’t see a profit on your investment. Only add on to your home if you truly need the extra space for your family, not if you’re simply hoping to increase your home’s value. Different types of additions will net you larger returns than others, however. A two-story addition will give you the largest return, while master-suite bedrooms, bathrooms and sunroom typically result in a return of at least half of your investment back.
- Assimilation – An addition that looks nothing like the rest of the house could actually hurt the chances of selling it later on. You’ll want some aesthetic elements that help tie the addition together with the house, such as the exterior materials or the windows. You’ll also want the interior design to tie into the rest of the house, though it doesn’t need to look exactly like the original house.
- Zoning Restrictions – Make sure your city doesn’t have any zoning restrictions that will prevent an addition from being built in the first place, and get all necessary permits.
Contact us at Renewal Design-Build for help with your renovation or addition in Atlanta.