A home addition is a wonderful option if you need extra space and you don’t want to move. Whether you’re considering adding a new family room, expanding the kitchen, building more bedrooms or you need an extra bathroom, you have lots of decisions and choices to make. While your addition project is still in the planning stage, here are some important factors to consider:
Project Value and Financing
Building an addition is expensive, so it’s important to define your needs and determine whether adding more space is your best option. Also, consider if an addition will increase the value of a home in your neighborhood. If you decide to proceed, decide how to work the cost into your budget, and look into ways to finance the project.
Layout and Aesthetics
To ensure that the addition layout is workable and includes all the features you want, consult a designer or architect to develop a plan. Don’t just focus on interior details though – make sure the addition blends well with your home’s exterior too.
Get the input of an HVAC contractor about how best to heat and cool the new space. An experienced contractor can examine your home’s HVAC system and determine if the existing equipment has enough capacity or requires upgrading, if it’s possible to extend the ductwork into the addition, or whether independent ductless units are a better option.
Plumbing and Electrical
You’ll also need advice from licensed contractors about plumbing and electrical service for the addition. You need to learn if it’s possible to add more breakers to the existing electrical panel, how extending the plumbing system may affect water pressure, and if you’ll need a second water heater.
Who to Hire
Hiring contractors who are skilled, experienced and reliable can ensure a stress-free and successful project and avert problems down the road. When you’re vetting contractors, make sure they have a good local reputation, all the necessary licenses, and are fully insured.
If you’re considering building a home addition in the Calgary area and need expert HVAC and plumbing advice, contact us at Arpi’s Industries today.
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