Ask Before You Add: 5 Questions To Consider Before Undertaking a Home Addition

Room Additions, Wichita, KS

If you love your house and neighborhood but you’ve outgrown your space, a home addition may be your answer. However, adding on is a major construction project that must be considered carefully from all angles. At Southwestern Remodeling, the choice for room additions in Wichita, Kansas, we help homeowners make the most of their space every day. Here are the five home addition questions we recommend considering as part of your decision-making process!

1. Are You Allowed To Add On?

Most municipalities have zoning laws regulating what and where you can build on a given lot. While local zoning restrictions vary, you can expect height and square footage limitations, plus setback requirements that govern how far from the property line you can build. If you’re subject to a homeowner association (HOA), it will almost certainly have rules regarding home additions. Do your due diligence before you set the wheels in motion for a home addition. Get planning permission early in the process—before you’ve spent time, money and energy on a project that can’t move forward.

2. How Will You Make the New Addition Cohesive?

One of the main challenges of an add-on is making it look…not “added on!” A talented and experienced room addition contractor can help ensure a cohesive look. However, there are decisions for you to make, too. Do you want your new room to blend with your existing home, or is it time for a bigger change?

Rather than try to make a fresh new room match older decor, consider bringing your existing spaces in line with the new. A room addition can be a prime opportunity to refresh the finishes and flooring in adjoining rooms. It’s an added expense, but combining projects may save time and money in the long run.

3. Will Your Existing Home Systems Need Upgrades?

A new room adds more than square footage—it adds a need for more electricity, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), and possibly plumbing. Your existing systems may or may not be up for the larger load. Consult with trade professionals early in the process. You may need to upgrade your electrical panel to add circuits or size up your HVAC system to handle greater capacity. These may not be the most exciting parts of your home addition project, but they are essential to the safe and comfortable functioning of your home!

4. Will You Relocate During Construction?

While there are steps your contractor can take to minimize disruptions, your existing home will still be a construction site. That means noise, dust, workers on the property, and temporary disruptions in utility services. Many people choose to move out during construction, living with family or in a short-term rental. Talk with potential contractors about the living situation before moving forward with the contract. If you will need alternate housing, that’s a budget item to consider. Your contractor can advise on the scope and timeline of construction, which will inform your decision.

5. Will the Home Addition Provide Value?

Increased square footage may add to your resale value, but the equation isn’t quite that simple. Home additions are among the most expensive home remodeling projects, which means you should consider your return on investment if you plan to sell in the foreseeable future. There are increased property taxes and utility costs to consider, too.

At Southwestern Remodeling, we encourage homeowners to consider not just the resale value but the enjoyment value. If you love your home and adding on helps you live and grow there in comfort, that’s worth a great deal. If your day-to-day life is better because your home functions better, that’s worth something, too.

Contact Southwestern Remodeling

Get started on your next room addition in Wichita! Our home remodeling experts at Southwestern Remodeling offer free in-home consultations to all new customers. We encourage you to contact us at (316) 263-1239 to schedule yours today!