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Monday, August 3rd, 2015 by Sophie Haba
This article will guide you through the home addition planning process and give you answers to the multitude of questions that may be going through your mind. If you’re a Maryland homeowner, whether you are in Baltimore, Columbia, Ellicott City, Howard County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, or through Silver Spring, Bethesda, or Prince George’s County, keep reading for some valuable insider information.
Taking on the task of planning an addition can be an overwhelming experience, but well worth it in the end. Below are a few steps you can take to get the most out of your new home addition.
Get all necessary buy-ins. Make sure everyone involved agrees with what the final product should be. You don’t want to get to the end of the project and have a family member that is unhappy with the final result.
Crunch some numbers. Obviously, deciding on how to pay for the addition is a major decision. Some people take out loans, others refinance and put that money back into the house, and of course, you can pay cash if you have some saved. There are some more creative ways to finance the project as well, and you should be sure to speak with your home addition contractor and financing team about them.
Find out about building restrictions. You can do this by contacting your local building inspection and zoning authority, or hiring a company to do it your behalf. This is an important step because they will let you know of any specific boundary issues and permitting policies in effect. It’s important to do this before investing in any home addition plans; the last thing you need is to find out that your plan is not in compliance with local regulations.
Start designing it yourself. Though there are many good Design/Build companies in Maryland that can help you design the addition from scratch, it can help if you go into the meeting with some of your own ideas, giving the designers an idea for your taste and vision. You can start designing the old school way with paper and pencil, and then investigate some design software options. There’s a free one available from Google actually, called “Sketchup”.
Decide on how much “sweat equity” to use. Some homeowners with a do-it-yourself mentality feel that building their own additions will save them money. Others act as the general contractor themselves, hiring and coordinating all the resources to get the job done. This can be a cost-effective strategy IF you really know what you’re doing. But oftentimes, homeowners underestimate the time and cost involved in undertaking such a project. Also, there are a lot of potential pitfalls (and opportunities) that may not be on your radar and have a significant impact on the project.
There are a few different ways to go about finding the best company to plan and build your home addition in Maryland. You can go off a reference from a family member or friend, research on the Internet local contractors (which is what you may be doing now), or you could just randomly pick one from the Yellow Pages.
If you live near Baltimore, Maryland or areas like Columbia, Ellicott City, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Annapolis, Bowie, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Gaithersburg or Prince George’s County, the choice can be an easy one.
Starcom Design/Build, based in Columbia, is a highly-skilled, award-winning home additions company. But almost more impressive than our dazzling portfolio (view our home additions gallery here) is how much we care for our customers. We pledge to always keep your best interest at heart.
From the beginning planning stages, helping you design and plan from the ground up, all the way through completion and service, Starcom will exceed your expectations.
|“I hired Starcom to help add a beautiful entertainment room to our home. They help us with everything, from the design to the actual construction. They made the home addition as easy as possible. Thank you Starcom!”
-Sally Jensen, Columbia, Maryland
So What Are You Waiting For?
Starcom Certified Consultants are standing by to help you get started. To get answers to all your questions, contact Starcom today at 1-410-997-7700 (or just fill in the quick form on this page) to arrange your free consultation. We look forward to helping you design and build your future!