Room Additions Palm Harbor

Are you thinking about constructing a room addition onto your home?  Room additions are an affordable way to greatly increase space in your home.  Daly Remodeling has performed many Palm Harbor room additions over the years as and in our neighboring towns and cities as well.  At Daly we have affordable room addition ideas for all budgets. We would love to help you with your room addition and can offer free advice and they design estimate at no cost to you!  You can save yourself the money, time and effort if you read the following guidelines for building room additions.  Below is some good practical room addition advice are starting out.

Get A Good, Licensed, Bonded And Insured Contractor.

A room addition is one of those things you want to get right the first time. You could hire your neighborhood handyman for a paint job. A poor paint job is not totally detrimental to your home and its value. However, room additions are less forgiving and there is not much room for error. There are some ways in which you can ensure you have a good contractor.  Make sure they are licensed, bonded and insured.  Check their reviews online.  Check out their complaints with local organizations like the BBB.

Get More Than Just One Estimate.

When you are remodeling your home it is advised that you get at least three quotes from three different contractors.  This is a general rule of thumb, you should feel very comfortable with the contractor you are using for your room additions. Make your decision not only based on price your overall comfort level with them performing the job.

Speak To An Appraiser Or Real Estate Consultant

This could be helpful if you want to know how much value a room addition will add to your home on the resale market. Your reasons for getting a room addition might not be purely financial. However it is good to know if it will affect the value of your home should you want to sell it at some point. One important thing to consider when you want to add a room to your home is whether you will get your investment back when you decide to sell the home. Getting a room addition most cases makes a home easier sell because of the extra space.

Room Additions Are Almost Like Building a Small Home

Room additions involve a lot of similar things that come with building a home from scratch. These include the foundation, frames, footers, permits, zoning, flooring, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, windows, doors, and others. Even if your plan is to construct an outstanding new room such as a lounge that does not need plumbing, etc. there are always things that cannot be avoided such as electrical.

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Consider the Cost per Square Footage

Constructing room additions is determined in large part based on square footage. The best way to be sure that you are fairly comparing the different quotes that you receive from contractors is to compare them on the basis of dollar-per-square foot. You have to make sure that every contractor bids on the same work the same otherwise your comparisons based on the square footage will be incorrect. To accomplish this request your quotes are provided in an itemized fashion.

The Value of Sunrooms As Room Additions

Sunrooms look amazing and are perfect for Florida. They are also cheaper to install than the complete room additions. They will give you an equal amount of square footage. However, sun rooms are only that. They do not include any showers, toilets, bathtubs, plumbing and other things. Actually, a lot of sunrooms do not even have any heating or windows that are double-glazed. Instead of adding an extra room from scratch you may want to consider just converting your garage into an extra room. However, before you do this you should look at other homes that have done this and see how it looks. Keep in mind you will not have a garage anymore this  could also influence the future resale ability for your home.

  • Other concerns that could arise might include having to move the water heater, washer, dryer out of the garage and placing it somewhere else. Some people decide to build walls round these but you will still need to be able to get to them. On top of this you will have to decide on a heating and cooling system for the new room.
  • You might also need to get a permit to do this. This will depend on the city code requirements. You would have to have specific sized windows and special footings which just makes the process more expensive and complicated.
  • If you plan to add a bathroom you will then have to place plumbing and a drainage system.

Another option available to you is to convert your patio into a room addition.

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Room Addition Contractors Palm Harbor

  1. Your first step is to hire a general contractor.
  2. The next step is to have the contractor secure a city permit for you. If you fail to do so it could happen that the work is not done according to the code which will greatly affect you in future when you want to sell because the added square footage will not count when the home is being appraised.
  3. It is also important to make sure that the floor is at the same level as the floors in the rest of the home. So if the home has a raised foundation so too must the room addition have one.
  4. You will have to extend the roof. You could think about lowering or raising the roof to make it look better.
  5. The new room should have the necessary utilities.
  6. You will have to use sill plates, top plates and studs to frame the space.
  7. You will also have to include insulation.
  8. Lastly you will add the drywall and complete the entire room.