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Your Go-to Home Addition Guide

Your Go-to Home Addition Guide

Adding an addition to a house is an exciting process for homeowners. You can completely transform your space to fit your everyday needs by adding extra square footage to a room, building a new room or even creating a new level to your house. 

Adding more space is an excellent option for homeowners expanding their families, creating a cozy sunroom or simply spicing up their living spaces to better fit their lifestyle. Whatever reason you have for planning a home addition, take some time to explore your options from trusted contractors who can match your design preferences. Before making any plans, follow this home addition checklist to ensure you and your home are ready for this new feature. 

Table of Contents

Set a Realistic Budget

Explore Your Options for Home Additions

Consult With an Expert and Plan Your Build

Hire the Right Contractor

Other Good Things to Know

Hometech Services’ Home Additions Can Fit Your Needs

Set a Realistic Budget

How much it costs to add an addition to a house depends on the space you want to remodel. Whether you plan to add a full addition to your bathroom, bedroom, sunroom or living room, you can expect the cost to range anywhere from $40,000-$200,000 for one project. If you think that’s out of your price range at the moment, you can always come back to the idea later. Recognizing how much you can budget for your home addition is the first step to implementing your plan. 

If you are interested in expanding the square footage of an existing room, a bump out addition is a great option. This remodeling project extends the walls of one of your rooms instead of designing a new living space, making it substantially cheaper than a full addition. 

Before getting in touch with a contractor, research the average price for the addition you want and how that compares to what you are comfortable spending on the project. 

Explore Your Options for Home Additions

Homeowners have various reasons for adding an addition to a house. Before hiring a contractor to look at your home, consider what kind of space you desire and what purpose it will serve.

Explore Your Options for Home Additions

Common reasons for wanting more space for your home include:

  • Additional office space: With the increasing popularity of remote working, employees may find that adding office space to the home is the perfect opportunity to increase productivity and limit distractions arising from working elsewhere in the house. 
  • Adding a sunroom: We know how nice it is to sit down with a good book and get lost in the comfort of a reading nook. You can add a beautiful sunroom to make these relaxing evenings more enjoyable. This addition is great for plant lovers who enjoy greenery and natural light in their homes.
  • Extra outdoor space: For those who love being outdoors but want to avoid pesky insects at all costs, screened-in porches are the perfect addition to a home. This option allows you to extend your décor by placing stylish furniture outside for your neighbors to admire. 
  • Building a second floor: Furniture and appliances can quickly occupy the space of a one-level home. Rather than expand their home outwards into the yard, most choose to add a second floor to establish more living areas. This home addition option is excellent for new parents who love their current homes but want more space for children. 

Consult With an Expert and Plan Your Build

After establishing a reasonable budget and developing a plan for your home addition, you can begin consulting with a design and construction expert. Choosing a contractor who can help you create a practical design that fits your preferences is a great step toward achieving your perfect new living space. 

Here, your contractor will use their expertise to tell you if your design vision can realistically be achieved. You’ll want to find a reliable team of home addition contractors who can meet your expectations as closely as possible and at a reasonable cost. 

As you and the team begin planning together, you will notice the contractors recording all measurements of your living spaces, drafting blueprints, and taking note of flooring and wall color options that you prefer. This professional planning step establishes a detailed design to create the perfect additional space for you and your home. 

An expert may be able to suggest cheaper alternatives to typical home addition projects. If you plan to add extra room that fits under your existing roof — like a bump out — you can save an additional 10-15% on total costs. These savings also apply to projects where your home does not require any additional concrete foundation. 

Hire the Right Contractor

Knowing how to hire a contractor with the experience and flexibility to execute your vision will help ensure it meets your expectations. You’ll want to start by finding a contracting team specializing in remodeling, painting and roofing services. These advantages mean the team can evaluate your plan for a home addition from various angles to find the best approach to the project. You can receive professional opinions about different aspects of your needs through a home consultation. 

Before contacting a team, take some time to explore their photo galleries. These pictures of previous projects serve as a portfolio so you can see what type of remodeling they have done in the past. You can also use these photos to inspire your plans for an addition to your home. 

As you meet with a contracting team, they can explain each step of how to build an addition on your house and create a detailed plan for your remodel. Based on their experience with other projects, they can also let you know how much you should budget for a home addition. 

This part of the remodeling process is where you can start to make decisions about how you wish to move forward with your plans. Discuss your budget with the team while providing them with as much detail as possible so they can understand what you want. If they can meet your financial standards and provide a reliable background in remodeling projects, you can rest assured that you and your home are in the right hands. 

 

Other Good Things to Know

During this process, it is important to consider how adding space to your home can put you closer to your property line. This small step is essential to keep in mind early in the planning process so you can avoid overstepping the boundaries.

You should also have a list of nonnegotiable elements to implement as you set your budget. These factors can include wanting the room to have a specific type of flooring, color scheme or window placement. While most contractors can make these designs a reality, some requests are more complex than others to fulfill. 

Because of their expertise in the matter, you can also provide a list of “nice-to-haves” in case you think some of your preferences may be challenging to implement. Think about what you want early in the design process and bring up these points during your home consultation. 

Hometech Services' Home Additions Can Fit Your Needs

Hometech Services' Home Additions Can Fit Your Needs

If you’re ready to add an addition to your living space, Hometech Services can provide high-quality home remodeling to fit your vision. With our team of highly skilled and knowledgeable contractors in Northern Virginia, we can offer quality services at every step of the remodeling process. We take great care to provide results that will make you, your family and your home happy. 

During your free consultation, our contractors will discuss your budget and plans for your remodel project so we can meet your expectations as closely as possible. Your satisfaction is our top priority.

Contact us today to get started on building your dream home addition.