Category "Home Additions"

Adding on to your Home: A Guide to Thinking Critically and Successfully

Adding on to your home can be daunting, and you may feel lots of pressure early on to build a certain way or in a certain spot. You may even feel overwhelmed or even confused about what to build and what you’re really going to use it for. This is perfectly normal – home additions aren’t cheap and it’s only natural to want to get the most from your investment. Not only that but you’ll want to consider how this addition will impact your bills, living space, and life too!

Adding on to your home requires some planning and preparation

Adding on to your home requires some planning and preparation

1. Imagine you’re starting from scratch

This is the first and most important step. If you’re going to get to the bottom of what you really want out of your addition – think clean slate! When adding on to your home it’s easy to start to automatically think of what connects where and how it will look etc. Unfortunately, falling into that mindset can prevent you from designing an efficient and beautiful space.

Thinking just about this one room and how it would be in its ideal isolated fashion can also help you later on when you do need to think about how it will join up with your house. Knowing how you want this one section to be will give you insight on what else will need to be done to make your ideas a reality.

2. What will this room be used for

Rather than thinking exactly where everything will go and what you will need to purchase – figure out the exact reason you want this room and what will go in it. It’s one thing to say you need extra space – it’s another to know why! Why do you want this room? What things won’t fit in your house? Is this a bedroom or storage space? An entertaining space or a work space?

Figure out what you will be using the space for so you can make the room more purpose built for your home. Once you have a concrete idea in mind it will be easier to know how you want the room to function and therefore be built. Think in particular about what furniture will need to fit and with what measurements, and also consider any shelving or closets that you will want to use.

Be sure you take time to think about the function of your new home addition

Be sure you take time to think about the function of your new home addition

3. How will you tie it to your house

Only after you have considered what your ideal room would look like and what it will be used for  can you consider how to tie it into the rest of your house. Adding onto your home, unlike a new construction, will inevitably require thinking about how it will attach to your house, tie in with the rest of architecture, and be accommodated for by the utilities. Your architect and contractor will be able to help you with making these decisions if you need extra ideas and or help.

You can also start to consider what color schemes and fixtures you will need to make the addition fit in with the rest of the house. Make sure that the addition flows seamlessly from room to room, and if you want to this is  a great opportunity to change wall colors or complete remodeling tasks in other areas of the house as well.

Integrity Construction Consulting can answer your questions about adding on to your home

Integrity Construction Consulting can answer your questions about adding on to your home

About Integrity Construction Consulting, Inc.

We are a local family owned and operated company that specializes in home construction, additions, and remodeling. We have been serving the Chicagoland area since 2003 and have achieved a high reputation with excellent customer reviews. We put our customers first and strive to not only meet but exceed their expectations with regards to both service and product quality. We know your home is an investment and are ready to help you take it to the next level!

If you have been considering adding on to your home or even a new home construction contact us today for a consultation and a quote!

 

 

5 Key Things You Need To Think About When Undertaking Home Additions

Home additions are exciting, upgrade your home and increase its value, and can give you and your family the space you need to be comfortable. But before you get too far ahead of yourself make sure you consider the follow 5 things to make sure your new project goes smoothly – costing you less in money, time, and stress!

Home additions can add value and space to your house

Home additions can add value and space to your house

1. Paperwork and zoning

Before you even think about breaking ground – check and double check any and all legal paperwork with your contractor. This includes zoning for where you live – which is perhaps just as important as various insurance policies you will need to look over as well. Zoning tells you what you can put on your property, how close things can be to property lines, and checking over these ordinances can keep you from being fined or even having to change the project partway though!

2. Budget

Keep track of what everything is supposed to cost  – and then add on more money in case of emergencies. While doing additions it is not unheard of for there to be issues with foundations, walls, plumbing, wiring, etc. that arise. Be prepared for extra expenses by adding extra money into your budget in the design phase to help you keep yourself on budget. Also be sure to make sure that your budget is actually feasible for you and that you can afford it. If not, ask your contractor for ideas on where to cut back.

Make sure you plan how you will use space with your home additions

Make sure you plan how you will use space with your home additions

3. Bigger space vs Efficient space

Bigger is not always better – and if your zoning keeps you from adding as much space as you like you may need to think outside the box. First, consider how you will use the new addition to your home. Think about access from hallways or other rooms, what you want to use the room for, how many people will need to fit in it, and storage areas. Consider adding levels to your home and building up instead of out if you truly need larger spaces, if not, find innovative ways to store items and use furniture pieces to give you the space you want while keeping your home efficient – remember the more house there is the more energy it will require!

4. Preparation

Home additions sure do kick up a lot of dust! Demolishing walls, installing new walls, roofing, plumbing – it can get dirty really quick! Make sure that areas near where the addition will be are clear of furniture and décor that may be damaged or destroyed during the process. If necessary put some items into storage. Make sure that barriers are put up to keep harmful dust and particulates out of the rest of your home if needed.

Prepare your home for the project by storing and covering things that may get dirty

Prepare your home for the project by storing and covering things that may get dirty

5. Patience

Haste makes waste, and this applies to home additions too. To make sure the job is done right you will need to be patient. Carefully consider and think through all floor plans before building – once ground is broken it can be almost impossible to make changes so be sure you’re completely happy first! Give yourself extra time in your schedule in the event problems occur. It’s best to take time to consider all your options as well when undertaking home additions, as there will be a variety of choices you will have to make ranging from interior design and paint to exterior surfacing. Be patient during the planning and building process if you want your home to worked on with quality and care!

Patience is key when undertaking home additions

Patience is key when undertaking home additions

About Integrity Construction Consulting, Inc.

As a local and family owned and operated company, we go to great lengths to put our customers first. We value our customers and treat them like family, providing only top quality products and excellent services. We pride ourselves in our work and get the job done right! You can trust our team of experts as they help you select everything from floor plans to paint colors and rest easy knowing that one of Chicagoland’s top construction companies is working on your home!

If you have been considering a new construction, home remodeling project, or any home additions, contact us for a consultation and a quote!

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