If your house has been feeling cramped or looking outdated, it may be time to consider a home addition. From master bedrooms to pool houses, a conservatory to a new garage, we can transform any residence with our Houston home addition services. Let Oakdale Remodeling help you create your ultimate fantasy.
What to Think About When Planning a Home Addition
Before starting a home addition project, there are several components to think about. It can be overwhelming trying to tackle everything all at once. However, thinking through some key questions with a knowledgeable expert can get the project on track.
Some questions to consider when planning a home addition include:
- The purpose of the home addition: It is important to consider the primary goals that the addition will accomplish. Will it add more space to the overall layout? Would the addition serve a specific function, such as providing a gym or garage? The type of room will greatly affect the size, space, and special features that will be added.
- The location where the addition will be placed: Depending on the property lines and the existing layout of the home, not all additions will work in the same location. The current structure of the house may dictate whether a room could be added at the front, back, or side. If there are pre-existing utilities, it would be helpful to consider whether the addition could simply be attached. This would save money from being wasted on building new plumbing or electrical lines.
- Potential zoning laws: The zoning laws for every area will greatly vary, not only from state to state but across different counties. A professional contractor can advise to ensure that any restrictions for measurements are followed.
The Financial Benefits of Investing in a Home Addition
Beginning a home addition project can be daunting because of the great expenses. There are certainly several costs to consider, from the materials for floorboards to the cost of installation and labor. There are also potentially increased property taxes and utility bills to think about, although a more functional home may be more energy efficient. However, the initial costs may be offset by the value of the addition. For example, a kitchen addition will often increase the market value of a house by at least 60-80%. Bathroom additions will often raise the market value by 50-70%.
To understand the exact value of one’s addition, it is best to speak to an experienced contractor. Anyone who is hesitating to add features like a home spa, personal office, or a mudroom might be reassured by seeing the potential returns of their investment. One of our techs at Oakdale Remodeling can discuss the profits that a home addition can bring, should you ever decide to sell your house.