Steps To Take If You Are Considering Putting An Addition On Your Home

Posted on: 2 March 2017

As a homeowner, you likely love many of the various aspects and elements of your home. However, there may be some areas that you would like to change or expand in your home as well. Because of that, you might be thinking about putting an addition on your home. If you have never performed a major construction project on a home before, it is important that you get to know some of the most important steps that you need to take when you are putting in an addition. That way, you can be sure that you are making the right choices for yourself and your home.

Determine Where You Can Put In An Addition

Your city and state has zoning laws and regulations that determine where on your property you are able to legally add onto your home. As such, the first step that you will want to take in the process is to contact your local building authority.

The local business authority is the government agency that keeps track of the zoning regulations for the residential, commercial, and other types of properties in your city. This means that they will be able to tell you where you are able to put in an addition on your home, how high you can build, and other factors that will influence whether you proceed with your addition and how you design it. 

Find An Architect To Help You Draft Your Plans

Once you know where you can add onto your home, the next step is to come up with a design. Find an architect or an architectural firm to help you develop workable plans that meet your needs and wishes in adding onto your home.

When you are working with an architect on designs and plans, do not be afraid to speak up if you do not agree with some of their choices or ideas. They are the experts, but this is your home and you will have to live with the addition you are planning for many years to come. Your opinions and wishes are important and the architect is working for you. So, be sure the design process is a collaboration.

Have Construction Surveys Done Before You Start Building

Finally, before you get a contractor in to start your project, you want your architect and/or construction contractor to come out to your property and do a construction survey.  Construction surveys are essentially a way of mapping out what the construction project will look like.

This can include marking borders, as in where the walls of your new addition will be located. Sometimes, an architect will also work with you to map out exactly where new appliances will be located and other major fixtures will be. The survey process will give you an idea of the scope and the layout of your addition and how it will impact your overall home design. The construction survey will allow you to finalize plans and make any necessary adjustments before you break ground on your addition.

These steps will help you better understand the planning process of adding onto your home and help you to make the right decision for your needs.