Adding on to your home is an exciting thing. You get extra room in your house for just about anything you want to make it. A library, an extra bedroom, an arts and crafts room, a music room, or a den are just some of the things that come to mind when you are thinking about adding on to your house. However, there are some special considerations you should take prior to beginning this project.
While you could put your new addition on just a slab foundation, you might want to put the new addition over a basement foundation. This is especially true if the rest of your house is already over a basement. The addition of the basement foundation under the new addition adds more storage space for your home, increases the resale value of your home, and helps support all of the extra weight on that side of your house that the new addition brings. If nothing else, you could use that extra basement space as a wine cellar.
One Story or Two
Will your new addition be one story or two? If you build up to the second story, you may need to alter your current roof structure or match the roof of the new addition to that of the old roof. Altering the old roof as you build up is the way to do it, if you choose that, but it will cost quite a bit extra than trying to match new addition roof with old house roof. Additionally, you should have some idea of what that extra space upstairs will look like, and just what you hope to use that space for.
If you opt to just add on to the first floor only, then you have to decide what to do with the roof for the new addition. Will it be a flat roof or a sloped roof? A flat roof will not need much support, but it will need frequent care. A sloped roof will need lots of support, which will extend into the first-floor ceiling area of your old house, but not need much care for years to come.
Most new additions to any home are at least twelve to fifteen feet out from the side of the house. Building anything smaller really does not help you unless you want to make the rooms located on this side of the house much larger than they are. Be sure to measure how much of a yard you have available and how much you want to surrender to the construction of your new addition.
To learn more, contact a company likeCWC Construction.