Home additions are considered either a build-up, or build-out, based on which side of your house you add on to. A build-out will increase the footprint of your home on the main floor. If you’re interested in creating a larger kitchen, adding a family room, or creating a handicapped accessible bedroom suite, you’re probably looking at a build-out. Building up means you’ll add living space on top of your existing house footprint. Some homeowners choose to install dormers to create a more livable space from an attic. Others add a floor above a garage or porch to create more area.
A home addition is a more complex project than simply remodeling a room. You’re building a completely new area, which means thought should be put into traffic patterns, natural light sources, existing walls and plumbing, etc. It’s important to work with an experienced architect to ensure the integrity of the project, and to make sure that the new space fits aesthetically with your existing house. We’d be happy to refer you to one of our trusted partners for this step in the renovation process.
Another consideration with this type of project is homeowner’s insurance. Your rate will probably go up, and you’ll want to discuss this with your insurance agent prior to construction, so that you have insurance in place during the process. You will definitely want to work with a General Contractor (GC) on a home addition. From day one, you’ll appreciate having one point of contact to pull all of the other players together, including your architect, subcontractors, and inspectors. It’s also nice to have someone helping to choose finishes, order materials, pull permits, and keep the whole project on time and under budget. We pride ourselves on our high level of communication throughout the renovation process. One of our top priorities is to build a trusting relationship with our customers.
After the first year, we’ll come back at no charge to you to see how you’ve been using your space, and make recommendations for maintenance to help you keep the renovation looking and feeling new longer. (Complete terms of warranty will be reviewed with you prior to contracting).
If you’re considering a build-up or build-out in Milwaukee or around southeastern Wisconsin, fill out our Request a Quote Form to tell us more about your dream addition. We’ll give you a call within one business day to discuss the details and see if we might be a good fit for your project.
Interested in an Addition?
- An addition is an investment in your house’s value. Many homeowners approach this by refinancing their home or exploring a home equity loan.
- COR Improvements also offers a 2-year warranty (the State of Wisconsin only requires a 1-year guarantee).