Building a Home Additon

Written by Mark J. Donovan

Besides providing your home with more living space, a home addition can be a terrific investment. However, before embarking on such a projectrepparttar homeowner should first consider several important items. These items include: home market values inrepparttar 100448 neighborhood, financing, size and scale of project, architecture, timetable for completion, personal disruption/inconvenience threshold andrepparttar 100449 sweat equity commitment level. Size of Addition and Market Value

Prior to actually breaking ground on a home addition, it is best to first determine what you are looking for in terms of additional living space. For example: How many square feet? What types of rooms? Once this is understood, it is then important to find outrepparttar 100450 market value of homes inrepparttar 100451 local area with similar size and features torepparttar 100452 new and improved home. With this informationrepparttar 100453 homeowner can then calculaterepparttar 100454 difference between their current home market value andrepparttar 100455 new and improved home market value. This difference should representrepparttar 100456 maximum budget forrepparttar 100457 new addition if a positive investment is desired. For example, a homeowner would not want to spend $50,000 on a new home addition that provides only $25,000 in increased market value torepparttar 100458 improved home.


The next important question involves how to fundrepparttar 100459 home addition. Unlessrepparttar 100460 project is being funded via cash/savings then financing will be required. If current mortgage rates are higher thanrepparttar 100461 existing mortgage, then a home equity loan will probably makerepparttar 100462 most sense. If current mortgage rates are lower thanrepparttar 100463 existing mortgage, then refinancingrepparttar 100464 entire home, includingrepparttar 100465 cost ofrepparttar 100466 home addition project, may makerepparttar 100467 most sense.

Architectural Considerations

Oncerepparttar 100468 financial items have been addressed it is then time to focus onrepparttar 100469 size and scale ofrepparttar 100470 project, as well asrepparttar 100471 architectural and aesthetics ofrepparttar 100472 new addition. The addition should be of size and scale such that it aesthetically melds intorepparttar 100473 original house. It should not be too small or too big. Frequently, homeowners get carried away and add large amounts of new living space without sufficient thought onrepparttar 100474 outside appearance. From a market value, there is more to a home than just pure living space. A home needs to maintain its exterior aesthetics as well. It is important to consider such items as siding, doors, windows, rooflines, and elevations. All should meld intorepparttar 100475 existing home exterior seamlessly and aesthetically.

Smart Home Networking

Written by Leviton Integrated Networks

Leviton Integrated Networks takesrepparttar concept of structured cabling, as practiced in demanding commercial applications, and combines it with multimedia. This blending accommodatesrepparttar 100447 convergence of telephone communications, computer and Internet services, audio/video, and much more. An innovative series of modules and media centers – set up as either pre-configured essential platforms or more customized enhanced platforms – manage and distribute voice, data, audio and video in flexible configurations and typical packages that best suit each homeowner’s individual requirements These requirements can range from something as simple as cable TV and telephone in several rooms, to a local area network (LAN) for a small office or home-based business, to a sophisticated home theater entertainment center.

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