Remodel or addition? The best option when you need more space

If you like your home, but have found you no longer have enough living space, moving isn’t the only option. Remodeling or adding on to your current house is a great way to create additional space and add value to your property, while simultaneously giving you the room and amenities you desire.

Homeowners want more space for a number of reasons, including lifestyle changes such as an expanding family, or the desire to have high-end amenities such as a gym or spa. No matter what your reason for home expansion, one roadblock homeowners face is deciding if remodeling or an addition is the best option.

Industry experts, such as the experienced craftsmen at Lecy Bros. Home & Remodeling, can help you evaluate your options for adding space to your existing home. By looking at your current space, unused areas often can be remodeled into luxurious areas, an option that can be more cost-effective. For example, the unused space above the garage might be the perfect place for a workout room or bathroom suite. An empty side porch might be easily converted into a library or spare bedroom for guests.

If after consulting a qualified builder you find that an addition is your best bet for creating the space you desire, be sure to get a project timeline and budget proposals. While an addition is a great option for many homeowners who want a large increase in space, it can be a complex project that takes more time and is typically more costly. If homeowners don’t have the liquid assets to invest, a loan borrowed against the equity in the house is common.

Before starting on any remodeling or addition project, make sure you or the builder you hire checks with the municipality to ensure you’re adhering to local zoning and building codes. If your property is part of a homeowners association, make sure your plans are approved by any necessary committees.

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