26 Feb 2015
how to plan a home addition

If you love your neighbourhood but feel like space is lacking in your current home, a home addition may be the perfect solution. Here’s a step-by-step guide to planning perfect Ottawa home additions:

Step 1: Define Your Needs

It is important to define your current and future needs when planning a home addition. What are you searching for – more storage space? Entertainment space? An additional bathroom? An expanded kitchen? Depending on your needs, you might be able to reconfigure your existing space through a remodelling process. A home addition is likely the best option if you want a sunroom, garage, or your current home is too small to fit the needs of your family. Take some time to imagine your future goals and write down your expected space needs.  

Step 2: Consult a Contractor

Holland Renovations can work with you to determine your options. A contractor can inspect your home and come up with a plan to bring your dream project to fruition. Don’t be afraid to ask friends, family members, and colleagues for recommendations. When you meet with a contractor, ask to see some of their finished projects. You deserve a contractor with quality workmanship, attention to detail, and a professional demeanour. 

 Step 3: Assess Your Options

Next, you must assess the physical layout of your property to determine where the addition fits best. Is your property better suited to a side addition extending from the back of the house, or does it work best to build an additional storey? Be aware of by-laws and zoning laws, as you may be restricted regarding building height or proximity to your neighbour’s property.

Step 4: Plan the Layout

The next step for Ottawa home additions is to plan the layout. You’ll want to choose a layout that is extremely practical yet which keeps your costs for plumbing and electricity well under control. Avoid common layout mistakes that can happen when you turn a blueprint into reality. For example, if you neglect to consider the energy-efficiency of the space, you may get a shock when it comes time to pay the hydro bill.

Step 5: Choose Your Design

Next, you can choose your design and décor. It is important to find a balance between costs, aesthetics, durability, and impact on home value. Luxury finishes like heated floors and marble countertops look stunning, but may not return their value if you choose to sell the house. You should ultimately choose materials and finishes that suit your taste, but keep the impact on home value in mind.

Step 6: If You Build it…

With the plan in place and the materials selected, it’s time to build your home addition. A trusted contractor can build your home addition quickly with the utmost professionalism and diligence. In no time, your home will be transformed and you can enjoy your brand new space.

It’s that simple to plan and build Ottawa home additions. You are just six steps away from enjoying your spacious new home addition.