Deciding on the right remodeling project for your Houston home can be a fun exciting process, or a tedious, gut-wrenching, “am I making the right decision” process. Century Construction Services is here to make sure experience with home remodeling doesn’t turn into a nightmare.
Today we are going cover room additions and what you need to know before you get started.
When you want to add value to your home, increase the enjoyment of your living quarters, or want to expand your family without having to relocate, room additions are perfect. The idea sounds simple enough, right? It’s not like it a whole house remodel…Even room additions can be big projects, with multiple moving parts and shouldn’t be a “do it yourself” project for homeowners who don’t have a background in construction. Handling every aspect of the remodeling project can be considered a full-time job with all the of time, dedication, and labor-intensive work that is required. To make sure your room addition gets completed within budget and on time, consider hiring a general contraction, like Century Construction Services.
Things to Consider
The design and planning process
Sometimes, knowing where to begin can prevent your dream addition from becoming a reality. If you’re unsure of how and where to begin, a general contractor can provide design concepts and plans. If you have specific ideas in mind, he or she can help create a workable design. You could attempt to draw up your own design, but how does it translate off paper? Are the dimensions sound? Does the new design compromise the structural integrity of your home? Is there enough space to implement the design? Questions like these can be easily answered by an experienced professional. Not to mention that aligning your dream addition to your set budget can be a difficult process for any homeowner. General contractors have the necessary expertise to create a realistic budget that matches up with your financial abilities.
Permits and inspections
You have a workable design and plan in place and you’re ready to start tearing down walls. Before you start, do you know what kind of permits and inspections are required in your neighborhood? Are there certain regulations that need to be followed? What happens if you want to build an additional room and your house is on the corner lot of a busy street? Will that new addition obstruction the view of traffic? Any reputable contractor will be familiar with local building codes and will make sure that your plans meet any regulations. They can also navigate the daunting process of securing permits, scheduling inspections, and filling out the necessary paperwork.
Depending on the type of room you are building you will need the help of multiple subcontractors, from plumbers to roofers to electricians. General contractors are responsible for hiring any subcontractors, and most contractors that have a good reputation will have a solid network of subcontractors on their speed dial already. This will save you time and money trying to find the best of the best and you won’t have to worry about negotiating payment for supplies or labor. Expert contractors will schedule and coordinate all work so that materials arrive on time and work progresses on schedule, in the correct order.
Speaking of materials, do you know what you need to build new walls, flooring, ceilings, electrical outlets, and so on and so for? What is the best place(s) to order these materials? Do you have the right tools in order to put everything together? General contractors will have vast knowledge on a wide variety of materials, fixtures, and appliances that can or should be used to build your dream addition. Not only will they know what is best to use, they will know where to obtain these materials at a better price.