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Adding a Kitchen or Bathroom During a Remodel
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011 9:49 AM

If you’ve decided that you’re ready to start remodeling your home your next step is deciding which rooms will give you the most money back. Adding a kitchen or a bathroom during a remodel is a great way to add value to your home and an even better way to sell it. Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes and can give you the space you are looking for. But just what exactly does adding a kitchen or bathroom entail. Let’s take a closer look.

Adding a second kitchen or another bathroom to your home can do several different things:

1. Add value by giving you another place to cook.

2. Provide convenience for live in house guests who are looking for their own or more space.

3. Allow you to rent out a portion of your home if necessary and make some money.

Adding another kitchen to your home however is going to entail much more than painting and decorating. If an extra room does not already exist then you have to think about adding onto your home which will take you into an entirely new bracket of remodeling. If you have to add square footage onto your home to add a kitchen or bathroom there are some questions you might want to ask yourself and some things to consider.

Hiring a contractor. Do you want to hire a professional licensed contractor or are you able to do the work yourself. Even if you’re handy at fixing things, hiring a professional might make the job much easier on everyone. A professional contractor can bring things to the remodel that you won’t already know.

Checking for building permits. There are several different permits you will need to look into. A professional licensed contractor will know most of them but if you’re doing the work yourself you’re going to need to check with the city to find out what permits are required to add onto to your existing home structure. Such things as plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and zoning permits will need to be researched.

Equipment. With a new remodel and add on you’re going to need special equipment to dig, lay cement, etc. If you hire a contractor they will take care of all this; if not then you will have to find out where you can rent or buy machines that you will need to do the job.

Hiring an architect. Along with hiring a contractor to do the work for you, you also have the option of finding an architect to design the kitchen space for you. If you’re not great with designing the layout of a room an architect can help you figure out how to best us the space that you have. They are however sometimes costly so be sure to check your budget first.  Some contractors are experienced enough to help you here as well.

Budget. Sometimes our dreams are bigger than our budget so it’s always a good idea to make your plans up and see how they fit with your allotted budget. More than likely you will need to make some changes here and there.

Adding a kitchen or a bathroom during a remodel takes a lot of work and planning so make sure that it’s something you really want to do because once you start there’s no turning back. Adding a kitchen and bathroom will definitely help add value to your home or give you the extra space you are looking for so it’s a great investment to make if you’ve got the time and the money to do it.

Information for this article was taken from www.home buildingremodeling.com

For all your real estate and building needs or questions, call Debbie at 830-833-4249 or 713-818-6658, or send an email to debbie@vallonereal estate.net. 

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