Q&A: What to Know Before Remodeling
Lot restrictions? Seamless design? Overbuilding? Permits, permits, permits!
“What to Know Before Adding Onto Your Home” – Q&A with Remodeling Specialist, Troy Young.
Questions abound when you’re considering adding onto your home, but with the help of a qualified design-build remodeler you can ease into your project without becoming overwhelmed by the initial details. Troy Young wants to help clear the air of doubt by answering homeowners’ biggest remodeling questions.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW WHEN ADDING ON ANOTHER FLOOR TO MY CURRENT STRUCTURE?
Troy: Of course, every building has its own restrictions, but there are a few key factors that can affect the remodeling process at every step.
- Mechanical features need to be seamless between the original structure and the addition.
- Weight requirements for the foundation and wall framing need to be up to code, so it’s best to have a professional visit the property to perform the needed calculations.
- In the Mid-Willamette Valley you’ll also need to assess the seismic risk of older homes and the additional weight of snow loads on the roof.
WHAT PERMITS DO I NEED TO GET?
Troy: Every remodeling job requires permits from either your city or county.
- Structural permits measure your building for tax purposes, occupancy limits and required structural features, like specifically sized windows for egress.
- Mechanical permits are required to install electric, plumbing, gas, and HVAC equipment.
As part of our design-build service, Dale’s Remodeling will make sure all those permits have been acquired before starting your project.
HOW FAR OUT CAN I BUILD WHEN ADDING ONTO MY HOUSE?
Troy: Every property boundary has a setback that defines the lot and allows for space between houses for public utilities to run their lines and set their meters. A standard setback is five-feet, although they do vary, and you should check your property map to find your lot’s setbacks.
CAN THE ADDITION BE DESIGNED TO BLEND WITH MY CURRENT HOME’S STRUCTURE?
Troy: A successful addition is one made to look like it’s not an addition at all, but an integral part of the existing home. Our designers will work with you to assess your home’s traffic flow and the placement of staircases and doors. Also, upgrading your electrical and HVAC systems to accommodate the additional square footage may be required. These types of projects offer great opportunities to add energy saving features, like solar panels.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO BUILD WITHIN THE SAME SQUARE FOOTAGE OF MY CURRENT FLOOR PLAN?
Troy: Most floor plans are more flexible than they appear, and Dale’s team meets with our clients early on to find out more about your lifestyle and go over what is or isn’t working with the current structure. We also discuss what changes you may be expecting in the coming years to make sure your remodel will serve your short term and long term needs, even within your home’s original square footage.
IS THERE A CHANCE THAT I COULD OVERBUILD FOR MY NEIGHBORHOOD?
Troy: Overbuilding is always a possibility. It’s important to pay attention to your budget as you execute the planning and the construction phases of your project to stay in alignment with the real estate values of your neighborhood. However, for some homeowners this isn’t a consideration, which leaves their design options wide open. Windows, doors, trim, and siding are defining elements of your home’s curb appeal, and choosing the right features during the design process will help prevent delays as construction gets underway.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR HOMEOWNERS LOOKING TO REMODEL?
Troy: The best advice I can give is to work with a professional contractor. As professionals, it’s our job to have the detailed knowledge of what needs to be done from start to finish in every remodel, to create an addition that will not only function well, but also enhance the look of your home. It’s the best way to reduce your stress and ensure there are no loose ends to slow the process down during construction. With Dale’s team of creative designers and contractors, you’ll feel confident throughout each stage of the remodeling process.
Leave your remodel worries behind! Dale’s Remodeling’s “Seven Step” process ensures that every question is answered and no step is overlooked. Contact Dale’s Remodeling today to discuss the many ways we can help you achieve the home of your dreams.