You’ve decided to move ahead with your home expansion. But you’re at a standstill. Who should you consult first when planning a home addition?

The kneejerk answer seems obvious: a general contractor who specializes in home remodels. There, that was easy.

But wait. Was it?

Perhaps the first person you need to consult is the person who is calling the shots and spending the big money. (That’s you, by the way. And, by extension, your family.)

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What does our home need that our family is currently doing without?

The answer may surprise you. After all, there are a number of possibilities that can enrich your family’s life from day to day: a new master bathroom suite with a large walk-in closet so you can utilize the original space of your home for your growing family; an expanded and updated kitchen and family room for the ever-growing family holidays and get-togethers; or possibly an extended space for your elderly parents to live, so they can continue to be independent while remaining close to family.

After brainstorming, it’s time to prioritize that list of needs, and cross reference with your estimated budget. Which leads us to the next critical question…

  1. What can I afford, exactly?

Planning a home addition is one thing. Paying for it is another. And, believe it or not, the average cost for a master suite addition, for example, hovers around $135K. The can give you a ballpark of what your addition could entail. This will help you to formulate a more concrete plan of action.

Once you’ve determined an agreeable price point that won’t break your budget, you need to find out if there is anything else standing in your way.

  1. Am I restricted in any way?

Even the smallest home improvement projects may require a permit.

Of course, in choosing a contractor – it’s important to do your research and review the portfolios from a handful of prospects.  When it finally comes time to solicit bids, play it cool – too many contenders will scare the talent away.

At Cossentino & Sons, every project begins with a visit to your home. This is an ideal time to discuss the hopes and dreams you have for your new addition, as well as your budget constraints.

Once our professionals determine the scope of your project, an experienced contractor will provide an accurate and honest proposal.

Our architect then begins the design process. Our team will work closely with you and your family to ensure that your unique needs are met.

To find out more about planning a home addition, visit us online or give us a call at (410) 442-0000.