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These requirements ensure the proposed addition or new construction is within the required set backs and height restrictions according to city requirements. Also, check with your local building department as to the total square feet of building coverage allowable on your lot.
Design of the Addition
It is important to design an addition to coincide with the rest of the home's existing layout and decor. You will want to make rooms accessible and not out of the way. Bedrooms should be at the quieter part of the home. Today's home designs are more open and airy. Kitchens that open out into the family room give those working in the kitchen the opportunity to mingle with dinner guests, or watch over that two year old as they prepare meals. You can never have too much storage area, so add that in! If you're adding a master bedroom, make it a sanctuary with a large walk-in closet and a bathroom that's right out of a Calgon soap commercial. The bedroom should be spacious enough for a king size bed, with two options for placement. If you can, incorporate a sitting area. Next to a vacation, this part of the house should be where you can get away from it all and recharge those batteries!
Living Arrangements During Construction
You should seek the advice of the building contractor to tell you what part (if any) of the house you can use while construction is in progress, especially a second story addition over an existing part of the home. This can affect the first floor in many ways. Many homeowners will take up residence elsewhere during the majority of the work. This can add to your costs and should be factored into the initial budget. Adding on to your home can be exciting and even fun. However, we're talking about construction here and if 4-8 months of dust, noise and personal intrusions bother you, you can't put a price on anxiety or additional stress. You may find that you make better decisions about your project when you're living away from the jobsite.
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