Updated: Feb 5
Building an addition is an invigorating process that will add value to your home and will become more exciting when you arrive at your humble abode knowing you have created the perfect space. Before you complete those plans make sure you are taking advantage of these 5 tips to capitalize on your unique experience.
1. The Indoor Sun
First and foremost, I want you to think about your lighting. Instead of stamping a couple of high hats throughout the space or some extra outlets for lamps, let’s go a step further and have more fun. Did you consider natural lighting? You know, adding more windows or the famous roof skylight will add great character to the project. Natural lighting is beautiful as it is cost effective. Turn off the lights during the day and let the sun pour in adding warmth and glow to your addition. During the hot summers, open a couple of windows and enjoy the breeze as it cools down the space and brings in a refreshing outdoor feel inside.
2. The Perfect Set-Up
The perfect set-up. Remember, this space does not yet exist but your layout can and should already be in the making. A little tip before adding elements to your space is to consider the finished product. Doors, windows, vents, outlets are all necessary but can really be a bump in design if the layout isn’t conducive to your design ideas. There are all different types of windows that will allow the most flexibility and lighting in your design with some proper research. Remember, fitting everything together beforehand will create a custom tailored space to your liking.
3. Modern and Techy
Third, think about the technology in the room. This industry is booming with new tech and gadgets and it is best to be prepared. Will you have surround sound, cameras, projectors, or an entertainment system? Running the necessary wires and scheduling the professionals before the walls are closed in will save time, money, and hassle. Smart homes are also being implemented into homes of the elderly to maintain their independence, safety, and to keep them home where they prefer rather than a care facility.
4. The Perfect Temp
The HVAC system for your home most likely was designed to keep the current square footage at a comfortable living temperature all year round. Expanding your current unit into your new space will not always be an efficient option. It doesn't necessarily mean investing in a whole new unit which can cost thousands, but a ductless systems may be a viable option. We have installed several of these for our customers and they were always happy with the outcome. Also known as the Mini Split system, they are designed to always keep the temperature of the room to the degree it was set. They work great for single and multi zone options and are extremely energy efficient. Take for example the Mitsubishi Electric that can use as little electricity as a 40-watt light bulb with an Seer rating of 26 when The Department of Energy requires a minimum of 13 Seer. Sounds pretty good to me!
Depending on the usage of the room, the same may apply for your electrical system. Older systems can sometimes be maxed out fitting the need of your current home and may require an electrical upgrade. This can feel like a hit to the pocket when building an addition but if needed, the addition should not proceed without upgrading the electric panel. This will only save headaches in the future.
Small decisions like these put in place before the final design will give you the satisfaction the usability you have dreamed of when completing your addition. When remodeling, homeowners would sometimes have to endure a time of demolition and rebuilding to create all of the amenities in their home. Compromise will usually take place to prevent budget overspending but with an addition, this is your clean slate and a chance to get it right.