Where Do I Start with a Home Addition?

You’re running out of space in your home, and you have been considering an addition. Yet, just the thought of getting started can be overwhelming. We get it. The best approach is to break the process down into a few key steps to get things moving.

Step 1 – create a wish list.

If you’re considering a home addition, take the time to think about everything that’s prompting you to take this on. Write down what’s currently not working for you in your home, then create a pie-in-the-sky wish list that this addition would achieve for you. From there, pare that list back into your absolute must-haves, so you know what your line in the sand will be to help you make a final decision.

Step 2 – obtain a realistic estimate.

With a full understanding of your wants and needs, the next step would be to put those to paper. Have measurements done of your space, then request multiple space planning options that meet your must-have needs.  From there, you can get a solid sense of the full scope and costs of the project.

Step 3 – assemble a team.

Will you need an architect? A structural engineer? A designer? Who can help you assemble the right team of professionals? It’s important to let those with the proper skills and expertise work through things like building permits, inspections, and structural capabilities to make sure everything is done safely and properly. Not all designers and architects are the same or take on projects of this scale. The key is to find the right fit for you.

Step 4 – select an “Addition Advocate.”

If thinking about a home renovation truly does feel overwhelming to you, then hire a professional to help you through the process from start to finish. Share the list you created with them, and make sure they understand not just what you want from this addition, but what you need from it functionally. They can lead the efforts – from obtaining an estimate, to assembling a team, to managing the entire process through to completion.

When it comes to home additions, You-Neek Designs is experienced in being an “Addition Advocate” for our clients. We bring value and peace of mind by managing all aspects of the project and keeping you up-to-date on progress and budgets. If you are ready to get the construction ball rolling, let’s talk!