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If an architect is not planned for project, then homeowner should at least make some sketches of home exterior with new addition. The building inspector will probably require them anyways during permit process. Also, there are many Home Design software packages on market today that can help create such drawings.
Schedule and Sweat Equity Commitment
The next two items that should be considered include timetable for completing project and homeowner sweaty equity commitment level. Many homeowners assume they can do a lot more than they are either skilled to do or have time to do. From personal experience, I would suggest contracting out site/ground work, rough framing, roofing, siding, heating/cooling, and drywall. All of these tasks require skill, time and brawn. If local laws permit, electric and plumbing may be tackled by homeowner. However, both require skill and can be life threatening if not performed properly. Other tasks that a homeowner could tackle include installing interior doors, finish trim, painting, cabinet installation, tiling and hardwood flooring. Prior to a homeowner signing up to any specific task however, they should first honestly assess their skill and available time, and compare them to their project schedule. If they don’t match, hire contractor. Threshold of Inconvenience and Disruption
Finally, a homeowner should consider their threshold for inconvenience and disruption. A home addition, particularly if it involves kitchen, is very disruptive to today’s busy lifestyles. It is also a dusty, dirty and noisy endeavor. In addition, dealing with subcontractors can be challenging at times. For a typical addition anticipate several months of effort and inconvenience.
If after assessing all these issues you are still willing to move forward with project, contact your subcontractors, pull your permits and get ready for an exciting time. For most homeowners tackling a home addition is a positive experience that provides both new living space and a great investment.
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Over the past 20+ years Mr. Donovan has been involved with building homes and additions to homes. Mr. Donovan's formal education and profession have been as an Electrical Engineer and Marketing Manager.