If you are considering whether to renovate or add to your home, analyze the floor plan of your existing home. Are the current rooms a good size and do you have spaces that are not being fully utilized? Is the property located in a desirable area? Is your property zoned to allow for additions? Will an addition fit within the building setbacks, if not, is a variance a possibility?
Is there an opportunity to “open up” walls between spaces to gain a better physical and visual relationship and flow between family zones in the home?
Are the finishes and fixtures in your current home in need of maintenance, repair and or updating, in order to be energy efficient, and stay current with market trends in your neighborhood?
Consider how compatible your design will be with existing homes in the area. Your house should ultimately have a great curb appeal.
Are there other homes in the neighborhood which would be comparable in size and price to your “new”ly renovated home and its proposed additions or renovations?
How will the completed renovations and additions impact your lifestyle? Will this allow you to live in the home for a longer future time frame? And thus provide stability for yourself and your family?
Will your quality of life benefit from the renovations and additions, possibly resulting in more efficient use of space, larger spaces, more up to date finishes and fixtures, new more energy efficient systems, windows and doors?
Renovations and Additions can range from large scale gut-rehabs and two story additions to small changes like a new side entry door with a porch, or removal of a wall between a kitchen and a family room. Consider discussing your ideas with a professional architect with experience in home renovations to decide what the scope of work might be to achieve your goals. Sometimes it may not be as complicated as it first appears!!