Home Additions – How to Add Value & Space to Your Home

Financial Advisors Peterborough

To remodel a home is easier said than done. But if done well, there won’t be a better asset as it will pay time and time again. And this is one place where you can flaunt out your creativity by adding an addition the way you want. However it is always recommended to consult a home addition contractor because there are several aspects of design and construction that are taken best care of only by the experts. If you’re looking for someone local, you may want to check out the Peterborough home addition specialists.

There are a lot of questions you might find yourself bounded among while adding to your home. Is my home’s existing structure steady and strong enough to withstand any more additions? Another question that would stand bold would be regarding the cost of trying to flaunt your creativity i.e. how are you going to finance your creativity?

Below are a few tips that may help:

  • Always consider hiring a professional expert because by the end of the day they know things better.
  • Identify any structural deficiencies before you start. Consult with a structural engineer or architect. Repair and renovate any deficiency so that they are adequate enough to carry new loads.
  • If you have made the mindset of implementing your own expertise rather than opting for an expert, plan thoroughly so that at the end of the day the design and styling meets your current and future needs.
  •  Have complete drawings made to determine how the new addition will be connected to existing house. The drawings would help to project the addition better. Working drawings are important for maximizing the space and minimizing problems. Insufficient planning can lead to poor results and costly mistakes. If you don’t solve the problems during the planning stage, it may force you into crisis problem solving as the project progresses.
  • Plan for good drainage and use accepted foundation construction practices, suitable for local soil and water conditions to ensure a well insulated, dry foundation that will carry the loads placed on it by the new structure.
  • In case of moisture, determine and then eliminate the source of the moisture that is causing the problems. It may be from rain, plumbing leaks or condensation of vapour on cold surfaces. Unresolved water damage problems will continue and lead to further deterioration of the building or newly renovated areas.
  • Upgrade and repair electrical service and wiring as required. Equip outlets near sinks with ground fault circuit interrupters to prevent danger from shock. Consult with a professional to determine that plumbing and electrical code requirements are addressed in your plans.
  • Upgrade or replace equipment as required to ensure adequate heating, cooling and ventilation for the existing and new areas. Consider installing a whole-house ventilation system. An undersized or poorly installed heating system will make the addition difficult to heat in cold and windy weather conditions.

Once done and as you move closer to the checkered flag, research and select finishes that complement the rest of the house. Check for permits and allowances and other applicable bylaws. Check with your insurance agent and ensure that you have adequate coverage during and after the renovation.

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