Making the decision to remodel or add on to your home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. But never fear, the right home addition design can happen successfully with our experience in planning an addition or remodel project.
➢ Factor Design Build, one of Denver and Boulder, Colorado’s top design build companies is here to help you every step of the way. Here are 9 tips from our experts to get you started.
Planning A Home Remodel Wants and Needs List Creation
The first step of planning a home addition remodel is to write down what challenges you want this addition to solve. Most remodels have the goal of creating more space, but what that space is used for differs from project to project. The more you have thought about your end goals, the easier it will be for you to convey that dream to your contractor.
➢ A good design-build contractor will tell you if your idea isn’t feasible or if it’s not great design-wise — and it’s important to listen to their professional opinion on a home addition and remodel whether it’s a kitchen remodel, basement renovation, complete luxury home renovation, or a bungalow second story addition.
Home Remodel Tips Include Checking The Calendar & Schedule
Make sure your remodel fits in with your schedule and doesn’t overlap with vacations or events where people will be at your house. Make sure to discuss the timeline with your contractor and team and add a few extra weeks to the end in case there are delays.
➢ This is especially true for winter home renovations and for winter home remodeling.
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Give yourself plenty of time to think about all your options and ideally what you’d like your addition to look like. You can also get inspired by watching remodel TV shows, reading magazines, and checking out our Colorado Design-Build Contractors Featured Projects.
Consider Your Addition To A Home Space Requirements
Just like people, houses come in many different shapes and sizes — and what works for one might not for another. Take a look at your home, yard, and the surrounding area and start thinking about how this new addition will change things. Many people automatically assume they have to build out. But if your yard is tight and your neighbors close, consider building up instead.
Hire A Professional to Design A Home Addition Or Home Remodeling
Who you hire for your addition or remodel is the most important decision you’ll make in this whole process. Finding someone you can trust, can have open communication with, and who has expert in-house teams (from construction professionals to interior designers) is the best way to go. At Factor Design Build that’s our M.O.
With our use of the design build methodology, we help you conceptualize, plan, and execute exactly how you want your addition to look.
Work With Factor Design Build To Acquire All Necessary Building Permits
Before you get too far down on the design path, make sure to double check the legal restrictions and building codes for your property. Often, setback restrictions govern how close a structure can be built to property lines. Other legal constraints include height restrictions, building area ratios (allowable ratio of buildings to land), design covenants, and historic-district preservation ordinances. If your project doesn’t conform in some way, you may be able to apply for a variance (special permission to disregard a particular ordinance).
Think About Your Daily Schedule, Work Routine, and Room Needs
Take note of what rooms you use most and at what times so you know which adjustments you’ll have to make during the remodel. This is also great information to share with your contractor so you can decide on a schedule of start and end times that will work for you and your family’s day-to-day life.
Plan Your Home Renovation Free Area
Living without a kitchen can really take a toll on your life. If your renovations affect this area, be sure to plan a temporary area where you can cook simple meals and store food. Include a smaller refrigerator, microwave, and maybe even a hot plate. This applies to other rooms as well, if you need access to areas of your home or storage, make sure to plan so you have a livable space while work is being completed. Factor’s architectural consulting services help you through this process.
Doing home renovations can be stressful but working with the experts at Factor Design Build helps take on some of that burden, allowing you to get excited about your project and the future of your refreshed, reimagined home.
If you’re ready to discuss a remodel, second story addition, or smart home addition contact Factor today. Deciding to make a change to your home is the biggest step, so let us handle the rest.