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Front Page - Friday, December 6, 2019

Plan for a hassle-free home addition

One of the benefits of homeownership is the ability to customize and improve your living space to fit your needs. If your family is growing or if you need extra space, you might be thinking about a home addition. Most home additions are bedrooms, bathrooms or added space to existing rooms.

The key to a successful home addition is careful planning before the first day of demo. The following steps should be considered when renovating your home.

Learn your building options

Every community is subject to zoning laws. How much or where you can add space to your home depends on zoning. You might be constrained by height restrictions, property lines, historic-district preservation ordinances or other limitations. Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga can provide you with more information on how zoning impacts your home.

Examine the location

Will the addition require you to uproot trees or reposition your home garden? What about sunlight? Carefully consider where your home addition will be located. Other items such as septic tanks, power lines or utility poles might need to be moved or modified.

Hire a professional contractor

The most important step is making sure you hire a remodeling professional to avoid contractor fraud. Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga can provide you with a list of area remodelers. Professional remodelers will be able to provide professional references and examples of completed work or work in progress. If you secure a bid for a project significantly lower than others, remember that less expensive does not necessarily mean better!

Complement your current floor plan

Take time to visualize the space and think about the flow of the room. The new area should complement, not compete, with your existing home structure. Attractive home additions seamlessly connect to your home and look like one single dwelling both inside and out.

Plan your living arrangements during construction

Home construction can be disruptive or unsafe. Tell your contractor upfront if you plan on living in your home while it’s under construction. A professional contractor will provide guidance on how to minimize significant disruptions relating to plumbing or electrical work. If you have small children, most professionals will be willing to remove their tools at the end of each workday or place them out of reach. A contractor can also erect temporary walls to minimize dust in your primary living areas.

The most important thing to remember if you’re considering a home addition is to keep an open line of communication with your contractor and be flexible. Bad weather or unexpected delays can happen.

To find professionals that can help you research and execute your next home addition, visit the online directory of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at www.HBAGC.net.