You love your home, but find it too small? The solution seems so simple! But before making the big leap to an extension, be aware that there are some things to consider to make sure you make the right decision.
Have you considered using the space already available, for example, by arranging the attic (the attic) or the basement?
When considering an expansion, whether it is by adding a floor to your home, an extension to the back or side, or even a 4-season solarium, you must be aware that there are many steps to take before reaching the ultimate result and that it can be easy to get lost and not do the right things, especially if you are not well supervised.
In order to help you better plan this house renovation, which is similar to a new construction, we have prepared a list of 5 mistakes to avoid:
- Underestimate the costs of its expansion
A house extension is a major project for which it is necessary to take the time to budget all the elements. To properly plan your expansion, the services of an architect or technologist to design the plans will be required.
This is an aspect that must be taken into account when planning the budget. The cost of designing plans for a home extension can vary from $1,500 to over $10,000 depending on the size of the project and the type of professional chosen.
Most often, our clients will get off for about $2,000 with a professional expansion technologist.
To give you a small idea of the costs of a turnkey project, a beautiful veranda of about 225 square feet, designed by an architect, can easily reach $40,000.
And this amount can inflate further depending on the materials used. If you want to expand your home by adding new rooms or an additional floor, the price can exceed $100,000 or even $200,000. It is therefore essential to budget all this well by surrounding yourself with trusted professionals to avoid unpleasant surprises!
- Not taking the time to visualize your project
An expansion project is often a dream, but care must be taken to choose the type of expansion that corresponds to the purpose you want to achieve.
Indeed, if you live in a floodplain, a basement can be a very bad idea.
Also, if you want to build a mezzanine to house an office, you need to think about the height of your current ceiling, which should be at least 16 feet and think that you may not have the peace and quiet you need to work on it.
- Disregarding regulations
Each municipality has its own regulations regarding building or extension permits and costs are often different.
The City of Montreal, for example, charges file review fees based on the size of the project. An amount of $265 is required for a floor area of less than 10 m² and $3,150 for a floor area of 2,500 m² or more.
To this amount is added the cost of the expansion permit, which corresponds to $8.90 per $1,000 of renovation. The minimum amount is $130 for a residential building.
- Not being bold in your expansion project
An expansion project will change the general appearance of your home and can even completely transform it.
You can of course choose to match your extension to the current look of your home, but some will take the opportunity to completely change its appearance to give it a much more contemporary look.
Feel free to talk to your technologist or architect or even consult a professional outdoor designer to keep up with the latest trends.
Your expansion is a great opportunity to dare new materials or new shapes.
By getting involved and communicating your expectations well, you may feel like you are living in a brand new home!
- Trying to challenge this project alone
Many people choose to expand their homes rather than move. We do it because we see advantages, because we love our home, not necessarily because it is a simpler solution.
An expansion project should be treated like the construction of a new house. As this is a major renovation, it is better to deal with it with the help of professionals.
It is possible that an expansion may require major modifications, such as relocating the entrance or redistributing certain parts.
The expertise of a technologist or architect is therefore essential to organize the balance and coherence between your old and new home. A consultant specialized in home enlargement can also assist you to facilitate all the steps, at no cost or obligation to you.
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