The 3 Cardinal Rules of Successful Home Additions

Whether it is a new addition to the family, a new lifestyle need or simply the desire to spruce up the old homestead, home additions can make the difference between increasing the functionality of your property and looking for a realtor to undertake the costly process of selling your home and buying another one.

But there are some rules to the process. If you want to maximize your return on investment and also enhance the overall look and feel of your home, three cardinal rules set you up for success.

  1. Go for size. When you are considering an addition to your home, This Old House experts urge consumers to add functional rooms such as master suites or family rooms. Noting that “bigger homes command higher prices,” going for an adequate square footage is a must. While it is tempting to add just a small sun room, remember that these additions do not generally fare all that well when you put the house on the market at some point in the future.
  2. Maintain the design. It would be foolhardy to live in a Cape Cod style home and consider an addition that has a completely different design style. Instead, the new construction must enhance the look and curb appeal of your home – not detract from it. As well, look around the neighborhood. If most folks went with backyard additions, it can be risky to be the one homeowner who builds up. If the completed home no longer really fits with the overall look and feel of the neighborhood, you may have a difficult time reselling the property later on.

Please contact us for your next home additions project.