Most of us honestly believe we’ve found residential perfection when we buy or build our first home. But we quickly discover that as our family changes, our perfect home needs to adapt as well. It is with that in mind that we decided to make today’s blog post about things you need to consider when planning your home addition. The first thing that often comes to mind is zoning, so we’re going to skip that part and head right into how to make your new addition blend with the rest of your home.
- Blend the style and materials with your existing home. It’s sad to see that some home remodeling companies can walk away from a project that just looks unfinished or improperly finished. Any time you can look at a home and see that it has obviously been worked on, the job has not been properly finished. The addition should easily blend with or complement the rest of the home. Exact siding matches can be tricky, but they aren’t impossible. The addition should also flow from one room to the next with ease on the interior of your home.
- Double check with your homeowner’s association (HOA) before you plan to remodel. Some HOAs are very strict on the ways you can add onto your home where others are a little more lenient. You may be able to appeal your request with official planning paperwork if it is initially denied by the HOA. Remember to keep your cool and negotiate with them.
- Consider where your new roofing and flooring lines will meet the existing lines. The overall appearance of your home, both inside and out, is going to change with the new addition. Do you have a view that you love, and will it be obstructed by the new addition? Will you need to add a step up or down to access the new addition? Will it turn your home into a multi-level home? Will the new roofing be much taller than the existing roofing?
- Living in an unfinished and hectic home. Your home will feel completely unfinished and possibly even open to the elements during some part of the project. We will do everything in our power to protect your home from the elements during the duration of the project. This may mean working inside on rainy days and outside on nice days, even if our production calendar says otherwise.
- Make sure your HVAC system can handle the additional load. HVAC units, like heat pumps, are designed to heat or cool a specific range of sizes. A 3.5 ton HVAC unit, for example, is designed to effectively heat or cool a home that is between 1901 and 2200 square feet where a 5 ton unit is designed for a home that is between 2601 and 3200 square feet. Smaller units are available for smaller square footage. The heat pump may need to be replaced or you may need to consider adding a secondary small unit for the home addition.
We believe every space can be amazing at SEI Construction. We’ve helped many Westfield area homeowners remodel or add onto their homes to create the home they need from the home they have. Give us a call at 908-789-9151 if you would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation with us. We will discuss your upcoming project in detail and share our ideas with you to help you create something amazing.