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Considerations for Remodeling or Expanding Your Home    

If the needs of your family have changed or you bought a house constructed upon the requirements of the first owner, you can think about remodeling or expanding your home. If after looking at the pros and cons of changing your home you decide change is not cost-effective, consider the alternative of buying a different home more suited to your needs. Here is a brief discussion of planning how to improve your home beginning with a needs assessment.

New Double Extension

New Double Extension

In “Planning Your Addition,” Tony Gilligan recommends: “The first step in planning your addition is a family conference to catalog everybody’s thoughts about your home.” In your family conference, there will be a lot of suggestions. You can capture all ideas in one list. Then the family will work together to narrow down the list into the top priorities.

 

 

 

Modern Kitchen

Modern Kitchen

 
 
Tied in with this debate is how remodeling one of your existing rooms in the house could meet one or more of the new family needs and then how part of the new addition could replace the purpose of that old room.   

 

 

A builder or an architect can help you with estimating the costs of remodeling or expanding your home. The way your house sits on the property, the current building codes, and your budget are major factors that will impact what you can do to improve your property. Once your family has finalized a list of priorities, the builder can match options with your ideas and your budget. Tony raises the point of reconciling the family’s current wish list of priorities with how the family needs will change again. For example, if you have two teenagers that now want a recreation room added, consider if it will make sense to add a room that will only be used for a few years.   Another consideration is how one multi-functional space can accommodate different needs of your family. For example, perhaps a large room added on to the back of the house can serve as a library, a home office, a space for entertaining, and a guest bedroom (perhaps with a Murphy bed concealed in the wall). Designing multiple purposes for the addition will help you to maximize the square footage of the addition.
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