Planning a Room Addition or Sunroom Before Calling a Contractor
There may come a time when adding a room or expanding an existing room becomes a necessity. Many contractors will assess your property and give you a free estimate. However, there is much planning and research that needs to be done before you call a contractor. Here are some things you should consider when planning for a new room or Sunroom.
Determine if a room addition or Sunroom is feasible: Before you do anything, go around your property and determine if your property has room for an addition. For example, check to see if there is enough room for an outward expansion. If you’re expanding a room on an upper floor, see if there is enough structural support available.
Check with your bank: Depending on where you live, most room expansions can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Most homeowners may be able to get a home equity loan to cover the costs. In some instances the contractor you hire may offer financing for the project.
Check your zoning laws: Most areas have laws regulating the height of buildings and amount of setback between properties. It may be possible that your town’s zoning laws may prohibit the project you’re planning.
Dealing with inconvenience: Room additions can cause a lot of inconvenience and even hardship. While work is being done, that particular room will be of limited use or unavailable. You will also have to deal with the disruption caused by people coming and going from your home to do the work. Be sure to ask your contractor how long they will be onsite start to finish. Make sure they provide a set schedule of start and end.
Consult a designer or architect: Before you get an estimate from the contractor, talk to a designer or architect to get an idea of how you want your room to be when it’s finished. Designers will help with the size and shape of the room as well as offer ideas on materials. An architect can let you know about any potential structural issues, and whether your ideas can be put into reality. Some contractors will include drawings with the project.
Getting your contractor estimate: Your final step in the process is to get a licensed contractor’s estimate. The contractor will go look at your property and your existing construction to determine the difficulty of building the room. The contractor should give you an estimate that specifically spells out all the costs, including materials and labor.
Expanding or adding room takes a lot of planning before a contractor is contacted. Doing your research and addressing potential issues makes it easier for the contractor to know what you want and give you the most accurate estimate. Be sure to do your homework on your contractor as well. DC Enclosures, Inc can provide a complete estimate and turnkey project. Call today for a Free Estimate 770-514-7019.