Planning any renovation can be a challenge, but a new home addition is an especially big undertaking. Whether you are adding a new floor or a new room, there’s a lot to think about. Without proper planning, or just from the stress, certain mistakes can ruin a perfect reno!
Northern Craftsmen in Edmonton is a residential contractor specializing in full renovations, additions and custom builds. They share some home addition mistakes to avoid so that your renovation goes perfectly:
1. Underestimating the cost and budget
It’s likely that if you have an addition planned, you have a budget in mind as well. Even so, improper budgeting can still happen if you haven’t considered the whole project. A home addition budget should be broken down into three parts: the addition, the materials, and the hire. The cost of an addition will also vary depending on what you have planned. A new room, for example, will cost differently than planning to add a whole new floor. Material cost will also range in price, depending on what materials you use and how luxurious you want the renovation to be. Lastly, what sort of professional you hire and the extent of their team and services. Knowing exactly who you need to hire will let you make the right budget and the right renovation plans.
Also, you have to budget for the unexpected. No one likes to think about it, but surprises do happen. To avoid the possibility of going over budget or worse, not being able to complete the project, it’s important to have a contingency fund to cover any unexpected surprises along the way.
2. Doing a home renovation on your own
As tempting as it may be, home renovations are really not a DIY project to tackle alone. It may sound like an ideal idea to save expenses where you can, but extensions are major work. More than that, they will require multiple permits and inspections, which is something a professional general contractor will obtain for you. It’s work best left to the pros. Not only are you investing in the quality of work a professional will provide, but it’s also an investment for your home. When you hire a general contractor, they’ll bring all the skills, tools and right subcontractors for a safe job. For something as expensive as a home addition, you want to make sure it’s done right.
3. Not planning every detail of the renovation
Finally adding that necessary addition to your home is exciting, but don’t let your dreams clash with practical reality. If you decide to start your addition and improvise ideas and layouts as you go, it’ll invite disaster and not perfection in the end. It’s okay to change your mind throughout the process, but without a clear, well-laid plan your renovation will not run on schedule and will likely not stick to the budget either.
4. Forgetting to plan furniture into the design
It’s easy to get caught up in the construction part of additions and focus on the paints, windows, and doors. But, once your addition is complete, you’ll be adding furniture to the area. If you have a new bedroom, you’ll need space for a bed, a dresser and any other furniture. For a living room, do you want to hang pictures on the walls? If you forget to add furniture to your plans, you may find yourself without enough floor or wall space for everything. Be sure to add your furniture to those pre-construction design plans to avoid this. To help with the planning, take a look at these simple design tips for arranging furniture.
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At Northern Craftsmen, they value high-quality work just as much as they value quality customer satisfaction. As a family-owned and operated business, they pride themselves in providing valuable and long-lasting results. Northern Craftsmen offer renovations, additions or custom builds that are each tailored to your needs and wants.