Expanding Your Home, What You Need to Know

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You have decided to expand your home, how exciting! This project will allow you to put your creativity. Once completed, you will enjoy your home even more than you already do. Whether you have been living in your house for years or you have just bought it and want to maximize its features, you need to know that expanding requires planning. Here are four important points you need to know before starting the process.

1. The Purpose

First, you need to know the reason why you want to expand your home.What is the purpose? The expansion needs to be useful and advantageous for you and/or your family. You might be expecting your first child, starting your business at home, having people moving in with you, or simply want to make a new relaxing and enjoyable space. Define the purpose, and stick to it. For example, if you think the inside of your house does not get enough sunlight, you might want to build a veranda or a sunroom. If you cook a lot and like having guests over, a kitchen expansion could be ideal. Overall, adding on to your domicile must provide benefits. The last thing you want is making a new space in your house that you will not end up using.

2. The Cost

Depending on the type of expansion, the costs can vary widely. When you are planning your budget, keep a few things in mind. First, the bigger expansion, the bigger cost. Second, the cost varies according to the type of expansion. If you are building out an additional room on the ground level, you will need to pay for new foundations. If you are building up a new floor, you might need to buy a new staircase. Overall, in Canada, average costs of expansion inside your home run between $100 to $350 per square foot depending on the services required.
Then there is the sunroom, which is a budget-friendly expansion choice. You can choose to build a three-season veranda so you don’t have to pay for both the heating installation or use. Average costs run anywhere from $16,315 for an average sunroom, and for a bigger or more extensive sunroom, up to $70,000.

In any case, don’t forget the service fees. Depending on your plan and needs, you might require an electrician (50–100$/hour), a carpenter (around $70/hour) and/or a painter (20–35$/hour).

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  3. The Value

Consider the added value of your house before expanding, even if you are not planning on selling it soon. If you want to turn a profit on your home expansion, added bathrooms and bedrooms are gratifying options. Moreover, increasing the square footage of your house, such as expanding the ground floor, is a trustable payback.

4. Tips

In addition, some details worth taking a closer look at before you jump into the renovations. First, planning is crucial. Whether you have developed a plan on your own or with the help of professionals, consult with an architect to make sure that the design looks cohesive with the rest of your house and land. And, for safety reasons, hire a structural engineer to validate the plan. You might also want to hire a general contractor if you don’t want to be in charge of the management by yourself. Here is a useful list of renovation professionals.

Secondly, carefully choose the materials and the look of your house expansion. If you are adding a sunroom, make sure the colours and style of the doors and windows match with the rest of your hom.

Finally, expanding your house is not a task to take lightly. A mission this important requires a purpose, a budget and a plan. You are probably asking yourself, where do I start? Begin with a plan of your own, and then research about the council codes and laws of building construction. A major project of this type often requires permits. Then, hire the right experts and get started!

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