Reasons for Adding Extra Rooms
Adding a room to your home is often the answer when seeking solutions to a cramped living space. As a family grows, it often feels as if it outgrows the house as well. Sometimes a home is purchased with the intent to add on extra rooms, because the property is beautiful and the home needs improvements and just more living space. A hobby, too, can cause a need for an extra room devoted completely to the hobby. And sometimes it is necessary to setup an additional room for an ailing relative.
Regardless of your reason for seeking information about residential home additions, ‘adding on’ to your current home may offer a perfect solution when seeking a larger living space. From a cost perspective, too, additions offer an advantage: the cost to add a room is low when compared to the cost you would incur if you sold your existing home to move into a larger home.
When adding a room or rooms to your current home environment, an additional benefit is customization. When you add an addition to your home, you are able to customize the addition selecting the interior design, layout, wall and floor coverings, etc. The addition will reflect you and meet or exceed your expectations in terms of amenities.
In general a homeowner goes through the same process as building a home from scratch when constructing an addition to an existing home . Building plans and permits are needed and a general contractor is necessary to handle your project.
Prepare for the Addition
One temporary but unique disadvantage of adding a room to your existing home is that the occupants of the home may experience major inconveniences as the work progresses. Sometimes it may be beneficial to relocate to temporary housing if the project involves areas that impact the critical living space such as the kitchen, bathroom, or possibly even a bedroom. Preparation often wards off a lot of the frustration that might accompany a major addition, so be prepared to plan ahead.
Another reality to prepare for with an addition is the impact on your local and county taxes. Once a permit is initiated, the tax department is notified that there will be a change in the residential living space. That improvement is generally accompanied by an increase in taxes. Knowing and realizing this up front helps to prevent surprises down the road.
First Steps – Property Boundaries
Your property’s boundaries and your town’s ordinances may or may not impact your residential addition, but it is extremely important to research, review, and assess how both will impact your plans for an addition to your home. A homeowner should pay particular attention to the following:
- Property boundaries and the amount of setback requirements required by your town.
- The location of your well, if applicable, since there are generally ordinances that specify how close a wood structure can be in relation to the well.
- The location of your septic tank and leach field – again, certain restrictions may apply.
- The utility easements, draining requirements, and the location of underground utilities.
While you can pursue the above independently, Batch Building is extremely knowledgeable in these areas and has the ability to work through these issues on your behalf.
Developing Construction Plans
One of the most difficult aspects of an addition is tying the addition into the existing home in an aesthetically attractive way without overpowering the existing home. Batch Building & Remodeling is the general contractor to call. Tuck Batch can go over your ideas and work with you to turn those ideas into your additional living space. Batch Building will assist you with the important step of planning properly so that the project will result in the successful and smooth construction of your home addition.
Contact the High Bridge, Hunterdon County, NJ general contractor, Tuck Batch at Batch Building today!