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HOME RENOVATION FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ADDING ON AN ADDITION



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Imagine increasing your home's size, enhancing its appearance, and boosting its resale value all at once.


It may sound too good to be true, but with a well-planned home addition, you can enjoy these benefits. Adding extra space to your home not only increases its value but also provides the much-needed room for your family.


However, before embarking on a major home renovation like an addition, there are a few essential factors to consider. Here's what you need to know.


Budget


A home addition is similar to constructing a new house, requiring careful budgeting and preparation for unforeseen expenses. It is crucial to establish a realistic budget for your renovation project and adhere to it to avoid exceeding your financial limits.

Can you surpass your budget? Certainly. Straying from the initial plan, lack of communication with your contractor, or additional labor and material requirements can lead to budget overruns during the project.


Space Considerations


Of course, you need to be practical and consider how much existing space you have available on your property.

You also need to understand local property zoning laws and restrictions. In Vancouver alone, the city is divided into zoning districts, with development rules different for each zone. However, outside of the city, zoning laws will be different.


Purpose


What purpose do you want your addition to serve? What are the construction requirements as a result?

Building an addition that extends an existing room could mean a back or side extension to your home. Or if a major expansion is needed, you may need to create a second story.

You may even be considering taking advantage of a new Canadian tax credit for families looking to renovate their homes for multi-generational housing.


Design


When designing a home addition, most homeowners want their new addition to complement their existing home architecture and style, creating an addition that is both functional and cohesive.

Or you may want to build an addition and renovate your existing space, mixing a modern feel with the look of a traditional post-and-beam design. It's possible to blend modern features such as skylights with traditional Cado wall shelving and fir beams.


Not sure what special features and amenities to include in your design? Check out Coastline's past projects for ideas on potential designs for your home renovation.


Contractor


Hiring a reputable and experienced professional contractor is essential. A local contractor will understand the licensing and insurance requirements needed for your addition. Overall, you want a contractor who is compatible with your timeline and budget.

They should also be able to provide references for past projects they have completed.


Choose Coastline for Your Home Renovation


There's a lot to consider when looking to do a home renovation, such as an addition: budget, available space, the purpose and design of your addition, and of course, who your contractor will be.

Fortunately, if you choose Coastline Development Group, we can help. Our experienced contractors have been renovating homes in the Greater Vancouver area for years.

Contact Coastline Development today about your home renovation project.


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