Making the decision to remodel or add on to your home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. But never fear, Factor Design Build is here to help you every step of the way. Here are 9 tips from our experts to get you started.
Make a list of your wants and needs
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. However, keep in mind, a good 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.
Check the calendar
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.
Time to hit up Houzz! 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 the Factor Design Build website.
Consider your space
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
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 conceptuallize, plan, and execute exactly how you want your addition to look.
Get your 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 routine
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 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.
Let the excitement roll in
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 or addition, contact Factor today. Deciding to make a change to your home is the biggest step, so let us handle the rest.