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!
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.
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.
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!