Adding Vs. Changing: 3 Ways to Know if a Room Addition is Right for You

Once you’ve found the home of your dreams, you really don’t want to leave. But what if you start the hate the layout or design of your home? You may want to add an entirely new room to create a fresh look, creative cubby or a new escape.

Regrettably, building an addition onto your home is not as simple as having an idea and making it come true. There are a lot of hoops to jump through and red tape to cross.

There are other options.

To save yourself from the large burdens of financial strain and stress, it’s wise to think about a remodel before investing in an entirely separate area.

What you should consider when deciding between an addition or a remodel:

1. Could a current space be changed to suit your new needs?

The costs of adding on to your home can add up quickly. This is why it’s best to consider all other alternatives before jumping right in. Remodels are traditionally more affordable and reasonable compared to an addition, so start taking an inventory of every possession in each room to see if it could be updated to meet your standards. Finishing a basement or attic could be a great way to gain additional space in your house.

2. Are there building restrictions you should worry about?

Before you start any kind of internal or external construction, you need to do your research and find out if there are any kind of codes that you need to consider. The answer to this is almost always yes. The section of buildable land available on your property does not extend all the way to its edges. This is done in an effort to prevent house fires from spreading too quickly in the event of an emergency. There could also be a height limit that would impact your ability to add another floor. Your city or county office will have all the information you need regarding the rules in your area.

3. Will you need a contractor or an architect?

Major additions require the skills of an architect or contractor. If you’re looking to add a floor with a new set of stairs, you will definitely need to employee the skillset of a professional. Adding a new master bedroom or den also needs these same talents. Remodeling projects can often be completed by the homeowner through do it yourself methods.

But what if you really can’t solve your problems with just a remodel? You may find that you need an additional bathroom or bedroom for a guest. Although upgraded furniture is a nice touch, it does not compare to an entirely new room.

This is where we come in.

Bontrager Custom Homes takes pride in working with our clients to create a personalized vision. Whether you want an addition or a remodel, we know just how to make your house a home.

We want your newly designed space to have your personality and style in as many places as possible. Schedule a time to talk with us and learn more about what we can do for you to transform your home and make you fall in love with it again.