Home expansion projects start for a wide range of reasons. Maybe your children are already share bedrooms, and you find that you have a new bundle of joy on the way. Perhaps your in-laws will soon be living with you, or maybe you are transitioning to a remote work position that will require a home office. Regardless of why you are expanding your home, it is an exciting adventure to undertake. A little bit of planning can make the stressful process of expanding and remodeling your home less difficult for you and the other people in your home.
Expect limited access to parts of your home adjoining the addition
There are many different ways you can expand your home, and each approach is uniquely suited to different needs and house styles. Regardless of the type or size of the expansion you are planning, you have to understand that new construction and remodeling will impact your use of the existing space in your home. Specifically, an expansion will impact your access to the space where the new rooms adjoin your existing house.
In some cases, this is a minor inconvenience, as the space that connects the two structures will be a living room or similar space. However, when a kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom is involved, you may need to plan more carefully. You could find yourself unable to cook for several days or weeks while construction happens or without water for some time. People may have to live in different parts of the home or even stay with friends or family for a few days.
Make sure your budget money and time for the project
Expansions take time, and they also cost money. Generally speaking, there is a direct relationship between the two which is why you need to have the funds on hand before starting your project. The faster you expect construction to occur, the more money you will have to spend. On the other hand, if you are doing the expansion slowly and performing many of the tasks yourself, you can probably keep costs substantially lower.
You will need to find the balance between these two concerns to figure out what will work best for your family. In general, you will probably end up spending between $80 and $200 per square foot. Keep in mind that delays with an expansion could mean having a section of your house unusable during the colder months, especially if construction has to stop.
That being said, with a reasonable budget for how much you want to spend and a realistic timetable, you can plan for most any situation that will arise while you expand you’re home. Planning an expansion is an exciting moment in your life. Not only will it improve the value of your home, but it will enable you to create a functional space for you and your loved ones.