May 26

7 Factors to Consider Before Building a Room Addition

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7 Factors to Consider Before Building a Room Addition

If things are feeling crowded at home, your growing kids can no longer comfortably share a bedroom, or you need a dedicated home office, it might be time to consider a home addition. Room additions can be challenging to plan if you’re unsure where to start. There are several important factors for homeowners to consider when determining the size and scope of any remodeling project.

1. Return on Investment

An addition can be a great way to get the space and functionality you need without moving, but it may not automatically add value to your home when it’s time to sell. The return on investment (ROI) will depend on several factors, including how well the addition matches the rest of the home, the quality of the work, and other homes in your neighborhood. Real estate professionals advise against significant remodeling projects if you plan to move soon. If you need more usable square footage and plan to stay in your current home for several years, an addition may make sense for your family.

2. Set a Realistic Budget

Building a room addition requires a significant financial investment. When designing an addition, it’s crucial to think about what you need and can afford. A bedroom addition is usually the least expensive option. Adding a bathroom or moving the location of your kitchen will require expensive plumbing costs and specialized materials. Budget overruns are a common occurrence with large construction projects. The first question you’ll receive from contractors is how much money you’re working with because your budget determines whether your dreams for a new addition are feasible or need to be adjusted.

3. Hidden Costs

Even after establishing a realistic budget, ensure you set aside money for extra costs. There’s no way to know whether contractors will run into hidden electrical problems, plumbing concerns, or other problems once construction begins. Permits and rising prices for building materials should be included in the budget estimate. Also, consider the peripheral costs of a room addition, such as maintenance costs, increased property taxes, and higher heating and cooling bills.

4. Understand Permits and Restrictions

Building a room addition requires permits and inspections to verify that the work was done correctly. Failure to familiarize yourself with the required permits could compromise your home’s safety. Visit your local planning department to ensure your plans meet city or county zoning requirements. Your homeowners’ association may also need to approve changes to your home. 

5. Get Professional Design Assistance

Room additions should tie into the existing home, both structurally and aesthetically. Professional contractors will provide you with design services, but you can also hire your own designers and architects to create architectural plans to submit to city inspectors. Architects and experienced home builders will ensure that details such as wiring, outlet placement, plumbing, ventilation, and structural issues that affect the form or function of the new space are addressed. An interior designer can help you choose materials and finishes to fit your vision for the new space. 

6. Consider Going Green

When you’re remodeling or adding a new addition to your home, look for greener building materials. There is a significant effort on the part of many home builders to use healthier and more environmentally friendly materials. This includes using low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) paints, which emit almost no toxic fumes. Spray foam insulation is safer than traditional asbestos products and provides a tighter seal.

7. Explore Other Options to Gain Space

Building a new addition isn’t the only way to gain usable square footage. A bump-out can provide additional space at a fraction of the cost of a whole room addition. A bump-out can be an ideal option for adding a walk-in closet, installing a larger tub or shower in a tiny bathroom, or gaining more usable space in a cramped kitchen. 

There are often restrictions on construction near property lines, streams, driveways, and other hardscaping. Another way to add usable space is to finish an existing basement or attic. Sometimes this is a better option than taking up limited outdoor space with a whole room addition. 

Choose the Right Contractor

It’s important to work with an experienced local contractor. Talk to neighbors and friends about any reliable construction companies they may have used in the past. Check online referral sites like HomeAdvisor, Angi, and Houzz. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, contact them directly for written quotes and verify that they are licensed and insured. A professional building company will be happy to offer references you can call, and you should be able to view some of their completed projects. Hiring an honest and professional contractor will ensure your project is completed on time and within budget.

Why Choose RT Construction?

RT Construction has completed residential and commercial projects in Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas, all with precision and quality. We take pride in our work with over 25 years of experience, and your satisfaction is guaranteed. The RT Construction Process ensures that our residential and commercial clients receive the best value and excellent customer service. We are licensed, insured, and bonded for your protection. Contact us online or call 636-317-5636 to schedule an inspection and free estimate.

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