With 59% of homes in the United States built before 1980 and 92% built before 2000, it is no surprise that many homeowners are modernizing and expanding their abodes with custom home additions instead of searching for a larger house. For residents of Nashville and surrounding areas like Brentwood, investing in a home addition is the preferred choice over wading into the competitive housing market.
Aside from the practicality of gaining more square footage and the features families have always wanted, home extensions also add value to the home. For those planning to sell their home down the road, the up-front costs pay-it-forward. In fact, a typical remodeling project will increase a home’s value by 56%, on average.
That’s why more than half of homeowners are choosing to hire a residential contractor to tackle their home additions rather than doing the work themselves. Why pay the money, spend the time, or face disappointment if the finished job doesn’t meet expectations or add value?
If you are considering a room addition for your home, you will want to choose a contractor who:
- Understands Your Vision from the Start
- Has A Portfolio of Custom Additions
- Sticks to A Process
- Executes Your Build With Skill
Understands Your Vision from the Start
Every client and every home addition is different, and the right contractor will approach the project as such. They will be willing to listen to your vision, answer your questions, and create a unique plan tailored specifically to your needs.
On a practical level, one sign you are working with the right contractor is if they are respectful of what your vision will cost you, and they communicate the estimated costs up-front. Plus, if they are well-established, they will be aware of material and labor costs and will have quality subcontractors who can not only execute your project’s vision but can also do so in a cost-efficient manner.
Has A Portfolio of Custom Additions
Home addition projects are different from brand new construction; an existing structure simply must be managed differently. Because of this, one of the first things to research when looking for a contractor to build your home addition is their portfolio.
As you browse, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do they have considerable past experience with custom additions?
- What is your first impression of their work? Does it impress you?
- Does the contractor’s expertise shine regardless of the project type or style?
If the answer to these three questions is “yes,” hire them!
Sticks to A Process
From securing permits and ordering materials to lining up subcontractors and installing finishes, your residential contractor should have a process – and stick to it. They should also provide you with a clear roadmap for your project so you stay in the loop with what is happening and when.
What’s more, a quality contractor will communicate with you regularly by setting expectations, sending updates, and responding to your inquiries about progress. Their most important job apart from building your project? To keep you at ease!
Executes Your Build with Skill
Finally, the entire reason you want a home addition is to add a beautiful space! In 2021, homeowners spent an average of $10,341 on improvements, up 25% from 2020. Why spend $10,000 (or more) on anything that isn’t spectacular? A residential contractor should execute your build with skill.
Custom home additions are something Donnelly Timmons & Associates excels at! Our custom construction projects showcase our unique and beautiful craftsmanship. And, we love saving you money.
Contact us! We would love to hear about the dreams you have for your home.