There are primarily two types of room additions possible. One is a vertical addition while the other is a horizontal addition. The latter is primarily done when seeking to increase comfort. New footings and foundations may have to be put in or the roof raised or extended to make the required space. If you have room in the backyard to extend the house back, which is normally the case, then so be it.
Perhaps the home needs to grow and in some cases, the backyard has plenty of room or perhaps you do not use the backyard that much and incorporate all that size into your lifestyle (a business office is more important to you than a swimming pool, for instance).
Before starting work on the room additions, it is essential to chalk out the requirements and dimensions of the space to be added. This has to be followed by the budget available for the project. Converting an existing space may be a cost-effective measure. For instance, a spare garage can be changed into an additional room with a few changes here and there. Since features like the door and flooring will exist, the cost on these will be non-existent.
Though some people choose to do room additions on their own, it is better to hire professionals to do this. This will ensure that the work is done correctly, efficiently, and quickly. And in today’s slow economic times, contractors are working for cheap now. This is the time to engage a project such as this now.
Even if the new room is not a big one, a feeling of sufficient space can be created with some great interior decoration ideas. The right use of colors on the walls, as well as lighting that is appropriately chosen can play a significant role in opening up a space. Making optimal use of the space available and creating attention-grabbing niches can help distract someone from the actual size of the room.
It is estimated that room additions can cost about $50,000 and up for a job well done. Most contractors charge per square foot. The person doing the work will need to carry out some checks while the owner must obtain and complete the necessary permits before work can begin. Environmental laws, safety codes, and any other legal aspects must first be looked into as also the wiring and cabling details. These will depend on the type of modifications being planned.