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Planning an Addition: More than Just Adding Space

by Jon Schultz on 11/03/16

So you want to add some extra space to your home. You probably think it is as simple as just calling a contractor, telling them your idea and watching it come to fruition, but in reality, there are actually many considerations that must go into your home addition, and they are crucial to success in this major endeavor. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind.

Selecting the Right Place to Build

Have you given full considerations to how exactly you want your addition to look? Are you planning on building out by maybe adding some extra space to your kitchen or adding a new closet off the bedroom? Maybe you want to build up instead, adding a whole new floor to your home.

Whatever you’re considering, it all starts with planning. For example, you want to build out, you have to ensure that there’s enough space is available and check any local zoning laws to make sure that you are allowed to build out in the first place. Sometimes there are restrictions on construction that would place the home within a certain distance of a sidewalk or road, and you’ll want to be aware of this before you build. If you want to build up, you also need to have an inspection completed to ensure that your foundation can support the extra weight.

Don’t Forget Utilities

If you are adding a significant addition to your home, the chances are that you are going to want to have lighting, plumbing or both added to this new portion of your home. If you don’t plan out this properly in advance, you may find yourself tearing up work to add in these utilities.

But it is more than just knowing that you want HVAC utilities installed; it is making sure that these systems can be installed. Know that if you are adding a lot of additional space, that you need to ensure that your heating and cooling systems will be sufficient or that your electrical service can handle additional load. You also need to leave space in your construction plan to include duct work, pipes and electrical cabling that may be needed.

If you are serious about your construction project, then trust Schultz Architecture to get you there. Our drafting and design expertise is top notch, and we can help to turn your dream into a reality. We have worked on many residential and commercial projects throughout the Kalamazoo region, and we can do the same for your home or business. Call us at 269-615-2597 today to schedule an estimate.

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