Adding an addition to your home is a major project, but such a rewarding one. It’s an opportunity to make your home just the way you want it. You can add livable space without undergoing the hassle of the move. In other words, change your house and not your neighbourhood. And whether you need a bigger kitchen, extra bedroom, or a larger bathroom, there’s a home addition renovation project that is right for each family’s individual needs. In this article, the experts at ODIMA will run through the most popular types of home addition ideas and how they can help you get the space you want.
Converting Attic or Basement
In this situation, you’re technically not adding any square footage, however, you are expanding the amount of livable space in your home. Whereas before your basement or attic might have been a cold, dark, and unwelcoming storage area for boxes collecting dust, adding some drywall, lighting, insulation, and flooring can instantly give you another room, or multiple other rooms, to do whatever you want with.
Whether it’s an extra bedroom, a rec room, a home theatre, or a craft room — it’s completely up to you.
Conventional Home Addition
In the most traditional type of home addition plans, you can build an entirely new structure either on top of or beside your existing home. When it’s completed by professionals, it will blend right in and nobody will realize that you added an entirely new floor or multiple rooms onto your house.
It’s always advisable to enlist the help of a professional contractor like the ones at ODIMA because an addition requires many building permits, blueprints, HVAC work, electrical, plumbing, and so many other considerations. Make sure you’re doing it right the first time. This is often the most expensive type of home addition because it’s the most work and most complicated to pull off.
Bump Out or Room Addition
Maybe you have a little one on the way or you’ve always wanted your own craft room, but there was just never enough space. Now you can have that with a bump out or single room addition.
This is certainly the less expensive route in the realm of home additions, but it’s still subject to local building codes and regulations — something the expert home addition contractors at ODIMA specialize in every day.
If you’re looking for some more recreational space in your home then you should seriously consider adding a sunroom. It’s typically an extra living area to help you enjoy the outdoors, with many windows and protective screens so you enjoy nature, while still enjoying the heating and air conditioning. Because they typically aren’t as energy-efficient as other parts of the home with all the windows, sunrooms are typically closed off from the rest of the house with doors.
Although you can add heating and air conditioning, sunrooms are not required by code to provide such amenities. Talk with your ODIMA contractor about the difference between a sunroom and a single-room addition, and they can help you decide what’s the perfect choice for you.
If you want to add a lot more livable space for an in-law suite or an income property, then you might want to convert the garage. Replace the door with a wall, and add flooring, insulation, HVAC systems, and plumbing to instantly create another unit in your home. There are even grants available from the federal and provincial governments to help you offset the costs of such a project.
Many homeowners love the idea of converting a garage into a more livable space because the garage already has so many elements of a finished structure such as a concrete subfloor and foundation, studs to attach drywall, as well as electrical wiring. The costs of a garage conversion vary wildly depending on how fancy you want to get with the renovation. A simple bedroom or family room won’t be a big deal, but if you want to add HVAC, a kitchen, and a bathroom, you’re looking at a much higher budget and possibly more approvals for building codes and permits.
How to Find the Right Contractor
When searching for a contractor, it is highly recommended to obtain multiple estimates and ask plenty of questions before making a final decision. This will help to ensure that the contractor you choose is not only reliable but also has your best interests in mind.
Indicators of a contractor who may not offer quality services include not providing a contract, submitting an estimate late, or refusing to answer questions about warranties or guarantees. Taking the time to research contractor options and familiarizing yourself with warning signs are key elements when looking for the best contractor available.
At ODIMA, we always promise to deliver premium service when it comes to the building of luxury custom homes and contracting in Toronto across the Greater Toronto Area. We understand that homeowners want a stress-free renovation process and that’s why we are committed to collaborating with all of our clients on every step of the design and construction process. We can work with any timeline and budget to make your dreams come true. We work with the region’s finest suppliers of quality materials and we only employ skilled craftspeople who are passionate about their work and attention to detail.
Contact ODIMA today to get started and book your free consultation.