Home Addition and Accessory Dwelling Unit Construction
Besides providing a home with more living space, home additions can be a great investment. However, before embarking on building a home addittion, or other large home remodeling projects, there are a number of important items that should be considered first.
These items include: neighboring home market values, cost, architectural plans, financing, timetables for completion and your personal disruption threshold and commitment level.
Building an addition is a great way to add square footage and enhance the structural integrity of your home.
Most American families are choosing to improve their existing homes rather than move because you can customize your home to meet your families needs without leaving a familiar neighborhood or school district.
It is also more cost-effective because selling your home and moving typically costs about 8-10% of the value of your current home and much of this goes into moving expenses, closing costs and broker commissions.
Once you have decided to add to your home, carefully consider the addition size and the kind of rooms you are adding. Is it a new bedroom? Or a home fitness center? Is it a new kitchen? Deciding how the addition integrates with the rest of your home is the first decision of your project.
If you plan on replacing windows and doors and upgrade the insulation in other areas of your home, it’s energy efficiency could increase and you may be able to heat and cool the whole house with only minor changes to your existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. While the initial cost is expensive, it will be partially offset by not having to increase the size of your HVAC system.
In most cases, it’s better not to add a separate furnace, air conditioner or heat pump to handle your addition. It may seem easier, but you could be doubling the potential maintenance problems with two separate systems. Also the area where the addition joins the rest of the house might be drafty and uncomfortable because it is covered by two separate systems.
Lavitech can build additions in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Room additions can be plain and simple or exceptionally extravagant. We can help make sure that there are no unexpected surprises along the way.
Do you want the roof line, overhang, gutter board, soffits etc. to match perfectly on the outside? For these elements to match, you need to take apart the exterior upper wall treatments to see where the actual finished wall ends and the bottom of the rafters begin. Lavitech can complete the construction of an overhang with precise craftsmanship.
Accessory Dwelling Units – ADU
An Accessory Dwelling Unit, also known as a ‘Mother In Law Apartment’, is a living space on a property that is separate from the main living space.
An ADU will have its own kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and entrance. It may be above the garage, attached to the house, or a separate structure, like a guest house.
ADUs are becoming popular as a way to increase space and income as rental units. They add to population density without contributing to urban sprawl – and Accessory Dwelling Unit is built on an existing residential property.
Many city governments, like Santa Cruz, are offering incentives like design aides and loans to homeowners who wish to add an ADU to their property. For more information on the Santa Cruz ADU Program, visit their site here.
Architectural Considerations when Building a Home Addition
Once the finances have been addressed it is time to focus on the size and scale of your project, as well as the architectural and aesthetic aspects of the new addition. The home addition should meld seamlessly into the 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 about the outside appearance.
Your Lavitech project manager will ensure that your home addition meets your needs and your budget. Call Lavitech for a Free In Home Estimate today!