As the seasons of life change, our needs in a home change as well. The home that was once perfect may no longer suit your every need. Moving isn’t always the best option after investing time and money into a home; a home addition is often the better solution. In this article, we’ll discuss the top reasons to build a new home addition. More space is just an addition away.
Additions Are Better Than Moving
There are times when a move is unavoidable. However, if you can avoid a move, an addition is less disruptive to your life. Rather than prepare to sell your house to gain more space, simply build an addition for what you need and keep the home that’s filled with years of memories.
An addition is an opportunity to start a room from scratch and design it as you please, so it suits your style. Perhaps your current house was already built when you purchased it, and although you’ve decorated, there are areas you would have built differently. A new addition gives you the opportunity to do a room right from the beginning.
Gain More Space
One of the most obvious reasons to build a new home addition is to gain more space. Let’s look at the ways a home addition can be used:
- Home office
- Home gym
- Reading area
- Extra living space
- Kitchen expansion
- Family/rec room
- Four season room
- Additional bedroom
The possibilities are endless. Use your home addition to suit your lifestyle.
Raise the Property Value
Home additions create extra square footage, and that means increased property value. If you ever choose to sell, buyers will notice the extra space and consider how they can use it.
Save Money on Your Home Addition
Should you choose to build a home addition, we’ve got a few tips on how to save money doing it. There are three areas that make a big difference: the contractor, HVAC, and remaining flexible.
It’s best to interview several contractors before deciding who to work with. Not everyone works well together. Go with your gut and trust the contractor who has a good reputation and makes you feel comfortable. And, of course, bids matter. You want to choose one of the lowest bids, but balance that with the contractor who is a good fit for you.
HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems are a large expense. Don’t waste money running new ductwork to an addition. Instead, install a mini split ductless heating and cooling system. They offer comfort all year long and save time, money, and mess thanks to easy installation and no ductwork.
When building a new home addition, a change in plans will happen. It’s the nature of building from the ground up. Remain flexible and expect a small change in plans occasionally to eliminate frustration. In the end, you’ll have your new addition.
We hope our reasons to build a home addition are helpful as you consider how to create more space in your home. Keep the home you love and gain the space you need.