Did you ever draw houses as a kid? In an instant, you could add on a new room for your personal bowling alley or your indoor pool. Or have you ever played The Sims? With the control of a mouse, as you listened to the game’s jazzy music, you could easily add on to your virtual home (and renovate it as often as you liked). Unfortunately, home additions in the real world aren’t quite so simple or stress-free. You have to consider the home’s structure, plumbing, electricity, HVAC system, and building codes, amongst other factors. So before you start construction, be sure to check out and avoid the common home addition problems listed below.
Common Home Addition Problems
Most issues that arise during the construction of home additions are due to homeowners, architects, and contractors neglecting certain aspects of a home’s structure. So as you’re building your new home addition, keep in mind the following factors:
If you’re adding a new kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room (or any other space that will include plumbing features), you will need to research the appliances you’re adding and investigate your current plumbing system to be sure they’re compatible. Moving current plumbing fixtures shouldn’t be a huge problem, but if you’re adding new appliances, the entire system could be impacted and it may require an upgrade.
Heating and Cooling
What is the climate like where you live? What is the condition of your HVAC system? How large will the home addition be and what shape will it take? These details can affect how easy (or difficult) it is to heat and cool your new home addition, and they need to be carefully considered before construction begins. Talk to your contractor about ventilation, heating, and cooling so that you don’t end up with a room that’s chilly in the winter and stuffy throughout the summer.
Foundation and Structure
If you’re creating a ground-floor addition, you may put stress on the home’s foundation. If you’re creating an upper-floor addition, you may put stress on the home’s structure (support beams, ceilings, etc). Your contractor will need to inspect your pre-addition home to decide if it can handle that stress. In some cases, additional support is necessary (and will add to the total cost).
Building Codes and Permits
Different building codes and permits will come into play depending on where you live and the exact nature of your home addition. Thoroughly research these beforehand or you could run into some problems now (in the form of a fine) or later (when you try to sell your house).
Before you start this process, realize that most home additions come with unexpected costs. You may need extra materials, require extra labor, or run into problems with expensive solutions. Thoroughly research your expected budget and work hard to stick to that budget, but be prepared to pay a little extra if something goes wrong.
With a little patience, care, and attention to detail, you can avoid these common home addition problems and create a beautiful new room—a room so seamless, your guests won’t even know that it wasn’t a part of the original home!
If you’re planning a home addition, a remodeling project, or the construction of a brand new house (and you live in southwest Missouri), give the Bailey Company a call. We’re a premium construction company based in Springfield, Missouri, and we’d be happy to tackle any home project you throw at us. You can reach us at 417-887-6177 or click here to request a free quote.
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