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Where to Start When Planning a Home Addition in Ottawa

Imagine if you and your partner didn’t have to use the bathroom in shifts or have a quiet space to retreat to when things get too hectic.

Building an addition is a very exciting project, especially if you didn’t get to build your home. This is your chance to build a custom space that showcases your personality and style.

Home additions are great for those looking to add some extra space to their home, as well as add value to the property. Because additions are among the most expensive home projects it’s crucial to carefully consider and plan out every aspect of the renovation.

Remodelling your home is no small feat and while you may be excited about having more space, you must do the research to properly execute your vision.


Define the Objectivefinished home addition

Before you begin planning your remodelling project, be sure you know exactly what you’re doing and why. It can be easy to lose sight of what you need when there are endless tempting additions, such as a home theatre, you can build.

Whether you’re tired of stepping over the kid’s toys or you need a quiet space to work, defining what’s not working will help you plan the new layout.

Only once you’ve identified your goals and are confident a remodelling project is the best solution can you start looking for design inspiration.


Set a Realistic Budget

A common problem homeowners face is not being realistic about how much they’re willing to spend. Oftentimes, people get so excited about a project and begin making plans only to find out they don’t have the money to do it.

The budget will direct the design, not the other way around. In addition to the costs of the project, you must also have some financial leverage in case any surprise issues come up.

Building outwards typically involves adding a room at ground level, meaning you’ll have construction costs such as evacuation, site work, new foundations, new exterior walls, and new roofing.

On the other hand, building upwards can be considered as adding a new story to your house, in which case the cost of strengthening the foundation, adding bearing walls, and building a staircase needs to be added to the budget.

Another thing to keep in mind is the long-term costs of adding on, which include higher energy bills and property taxes.


Check Out Local Planning and Zoning Regulations

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One crucial factor to take into consideration while brainstorming your design is the amount of space available for you to work on.

Each municipality has setback requirements, height limitations, and floor area ratios that dictate how big of a home can be built on a lot. Getting permission early is vital, as you don’t want to be mid-construction and find out you’re too close to the property line.

Early planning approval saves you time, money, and a massive headache.

Transform Your Home With a New Addition

Whether your family is gaining a new member or you’ve simply outgrown your home, a new house addition could be the solution you’re looking for.

At Magnolia Construction, we take pride in providing our clients with superior customer service and top-quality finishes they’ll love. Our team of expert contractors design and build new house additions that provide families with the extra space they crave.

Get in touch with us to find out more about how we can help you build the home of your dreams.