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Planning a Home Addition? Here Are 4 Tips You Need to Know

Updated: Oct 25, 2023

Expert Tips to Make Your Home Addition Go as Smooth as Possible

Looking to add some extra space and functionality to your home? Adding a home addition can be a great way to achieve those goals. However, it can also be a daunting undertaking. With so many decisions to make and steps involved, it's important to approach the project with a clear plan in mind.

First and foremost, you'll need to assess your home's needs. What are you hoping to achieve with the addition? Will it serve as a bedroom for guests or family members? A new workspace for your growing business? A playroom or entertainment area for your kids? Understanding the purpose of the addition will help guide the rest of your decisions throughout the process.

From there, you'll need to set a realistic budget before diving into designing and construction.

To help make the planning process go as smoothly as possible, let's dive into our top 4 tips for adding an addition to your home on Vancouver Island.

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Tip #1: Assess Your Home's Needs

Before planning a home addition, you'll want to take a good look around your home and think about your family’s needs. It's important to evaluate your current living space and pinpoint the areas that are lacking. For example:

Once you know exactly what your needs are, you can start planning for an addition that will meet those needs.

After assessing your needs and evaluating your home's suitability for an addition, it's time to start planning out exactly what you want. This is where working with an experienced contractor like White Wolf Homes comes in handy - we can help guide you through every step of the process, from design to construction.

Tip #2: Set a Realistic Budget

When setting a budget for your home addition, it's crucial to be realistic and consider all potential expenses. Here are three budget tips:

  1. One of the biggest budgeting mistakes homeowners make is underestimating the cost of materials and labour. At White Wolf, we work closely with our suppliers to get our clients the best prices possible on materials without sacrificing quality.

  2. Another common mistake is not factoring in unexpected expenses. No matter how well-planned your project may be, there will always be unforeseen circumstances that arise during construction. It's important to set aside a contingency fund of at least 10-20% of your total budget to cover these unexpected costs.

  3. Don't forget about permits and fees when creating your budget. Depending on the scope of your project, you may need various permits from your local authority. These can include building permits, electrical permits, plumbing permits and more. Be sure to factor in these costs when creating your budget to avoid any surprises down the road. Or, even better, use a contractor who takes care of permitting for you and builds the costs into your quote.

By being realistic about expenses and taking these factors into account, you'll be able to create a solid budget for your home addition project.

Tip #3: Choose the Right Materials and Finishes

Selecting the right materials and finishes is essential when creating a beautiful and functional space that will stand the test of time. Here are some tips:

  • Before choosing any materials, consider their sustainability. Opt for eco-friendly options that are energy-efficient and durable.

  • When it comes to finishes, choose those that are low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) to ensure good indoor air quality. Low-VOC paints, sealers and adhesives are widely available and provide excellent performance while minimizing harmful emissions.

  • Lastly, don't forget about your budget when selecting materials and finishes. While it's important to invest in quality items that will last, there are often more affordable options available that still meet your sustainability goals. Your design team will be able to guide you on various materials and finishes before you make any final decisions on what to include in your home addition project.

Tip #4: Ensure Quality Workmanship

Achieving a high level of craftsmanship in your home addition project is essential for creating the dream space you envision. This involves:

  • Hiring experienced and skilled contractors like White Wolf Homes who have a proven track record of delivering high-quality work.

  • When selecting a contractor for your home addition project, take the time to research their previous projects and read customer reviews.

  • Ask for references from past clients and follow up with them to get an idea of the contractor's quality of work and professionalism.

  • Additionally, make sure that the contractor has insurance coverage and any necessary licenses or certifications to perform the work required – here at White Wolf, we are a fully licensed General Contractor and Developer in Victoria, BC.

  • Once construction begins on your home addition project, be sure to stay involved in the process by regularly communicating with your contractor – this can help you identify any potential issues early on.

White Wolf Homes - Your Home Addition Experts!

If you’re looking for reliable and experienced building experts, look no further than White Wolf Homes. We can help bring your renovation or construction project to life with our expertise and attention to detail.

At White Wolf Homes, we stay up-to-date on the latest building trends on Vancouver Island. We understand that every homeowner has a unique vision for their home addition, and we work closely with you to ensure that your dream becomes a reality.

One of the current building trends in Victoria is sustainable living. Homeowners are increasingly interested in incorporating eco-friendly features into their homes, such as solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems and energy-efficient appliances. Here at White Wolf Homes, we have experience integrating these features into home additions while still maintaining a high level of functionality and aesthetics.

Another popular trend is creating multi-functional spaces that maximize the versatility of a room. For example, a home office or gym can also double as a guest room when needed.

We'll work with you to create a design that meets all your needs while keeping versatility in mind. Our experts will guide you through every step of the process, from assessing your needs to designing and constructing your new addition.

So why wait? Contact us today, and let's start building!

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