Planning a home addition isn’t all about adding more square footage to your home; it’s about improving the functionality and flow as well. Many homeowners choose to add a master suite or additional bedrooms, extend the kitchen, or build an in-law suite onto their home. The reasons for remodeling the home and adding new rooms are as unique as each individual homeowner. There are, however, 5 factors to take into consideration regardless of what you’re building.
- Budgeting is Extremely Important: You know your budget and what you can afford throughout the remodeling process. A new kitchen would be several thousand dollars more expensive than a new master suite. Base your home addition on what you can afford at the time. We can show you where to splurge and where to save.
- Size Isn’t Everything: Adding square footage shouldn’t be the primary goal. Yes it’s nice, and it’s something to consider, but that shouldn’t be the focal point. Your focus should be on improving the functionality and flow of your home instead of simply adding more square footage. A very large great room with vaulted ceilings is pretty amazing, but what about a reading nook, a small half bath that’s tucked somewhere private, and other private and cozy areas? Bigger empty rooms don’t mean you’ve added value to your home.
- Consider ROI: You may not have plans to sell your home in the near future, but consider the return you could get on your investment in the long term. An additional bedroom or bathroom may add a few thousand dollars to the overall price of your home where a larger kitchen and separate laundry room or mud room would add more. A deck has a very high ROI, as does an attached garage.
- Plan for Energy Savings: Additional insulation, top of the line windows, and 3D shingles may seem like expenses that you would rather skip, but think about how they will save money in the long run. Lower energy bills really add up in time and those items will pay for themselves.
- Plan for Maintenance: Adding a bathroom to your home requires the addition of more plumbing. Plumbing can fail and cause problems. This is another area that will need regular maintenance. The new addition will have some type of siding, guttering, and landscaping – those will require regular maintenance. Home maintenance already takes a good deal of time, so make sure you’re ready to add more time for each new area.
Home Additions in Albuquerque
Building onto your home is a pretty exciting and hectic time. We strive to stay out of your way as much as possible because we understand that our jobsite is your home. We are homeowners as well, we understand how frustrating it can get, but we also know what an exciting transitional period it can be. Call us and we’ll schedule an appointment for a design consultation.