Planning for Home Additions in Four Easy Steps

Exterior Renovations

Adding on a master bedroom, bathroom addition, or family room can be a great way to stay in your home for many years to come. Imagine if you and your spouse didn’t have to use the bathroom in shifts, if the kids each had their own space for crafts, if you had a guest bathroom, or even a mudroom to help make family and friends feel more welcome. Home additions and their designs are limited only by your imagination, and of course your budget. But let’s not get bogged down with the legalities and discuss some of the first steps homeowners in Westfield, New Jersey and surrounding communities can take to add living space to their home:

First, Draw Boundaries – With Your Property Lines That Is

Locate your property lines and develop a plot plan which would include your home, landscaping and the location of the utilities. This is important information because local codes have restrictions with regard to how close you can build to your neighbor. For information on this for home additions in Westfield, New Jersey and surrounding communities, click here.

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Second, Develop a Design that Complements Your Current Floor Plan

Look at the structure and the floor plan of your home. With the help of a Contractor, develop a plan to provide the most attractive, useful and blended addition to your home. Don’t just think about how you will live in your home addition, also consider how it architecturally effects the look of your home from the outside.

 

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Third, Design Your Home Addition to Your Hearts Content

The last step before work begins is to make final selections on the materials to be used. Your Contractor will use this to pull the scope of work and home addition design together. You’ll then be presented with the cost of your home addition project. At this time, you may find that your selections might need to be scaled to better align with your budget. We cover more on this in the next section.

Home Additions – What They Cost

Homeowners always want to know what home additions cost and how to reduce the final price tag without sacrificing the selections they’ve fallen in love with. The truth of the matter is that unless money’s no object, you will likely end up making some cuts to get what you want, so enter this process with that in mind.

According to Hanley Wood’s 2017 Cost vs. Value report, the average cost for a home addition in Westfield, New Jersey and surrounding communities runs $50,065 to $136,621. The high end of this range would be a master bedroom addition.The low end would be a bathroom addition. It might not apply to your particular project, for more information on home addition costs for projects in Westfield, New Jersey and surrounding communities, click here.

 

Additional Thoughts on Planning Your Home Addition

It’s easy to get so caught up in the planning process and go overboard with the design. During the research part of your home addition project (step number three above), you may find yourself saving pins on how to deck it out with great flooring, furniture, electrical advantages, and new paint because you have the budget. The problem with entering your home addition project with this “fantasy project mindset” is that you may be concepting a home addition that doesn’t fit with the rest of the home. Rather than an extension of your home, it’ll look and feel like you are walking out of one home into another.

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Before : Home in Westfield, New Jersey needing multiple updates to satisfy the homeowners wants and needs.

 

home additions in Westfield, NJ

After: Completely redesigned home in Westfield, New Jersey.

This is pretty common, but it leaves room for a much bigger discussion – maybe you are looking for a complete redesign of your home, and the addition is a bonus on top of that? If so, great! Talk to your Contractor and share what you’re wanting and needing out of your home. They’ll be able to provide insight on ROI best practices for Westfield, New Jersey and surrounding community projects and guide you in the direction that’s best for your needs and budget.

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