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Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:59 a.m. CDT

Need more living space in your cherished home? Don’t feel cramped any longer.  If you love your home and your neighborhood, but your home is too small for your growing family, a room addition may be the answer.  An addition can give your home much needed space, comfort and style. 

One of the most fun parts of putting an addition on your home is the stage in which you plan and dream. Figure out the purpose of your addition: Are your bedrooms too small?  Do you need more family entertaining space?  Perhaps you are considering an in-law apartment.  Determine you needs.  Make a list of features you may want in your addition such as a fireplace, walk in closets or perhaps that beautiful open staircase.

Depending on factors such as lot size and usage of additional space, it may be advantageous and cost-effective to add a second story to your existing home.  A second story also can improve the curb appeal and the architectural style of your home.  With a second story addition, you have the opportunity to use space on the first floor to expand your kitchen, your bathrooms or turn existing space into a beautiful and usable great room.

Whatever you choose, be sure to hire a qualified contractor with experience in building room additions.  Qualified contractors will be familiar with all the steps involved in the building process, including recommending a good architect to draw up plans for your project.  Reputable contractors and architects are familiar with the steps taken to work with the zoning departments of your town.  You also may have to contact your Homeowners Association if certain restrictions need to be met.

Be aware, a room addition is a multi-phase process, and will cause some disruption in your home, including contractors in and out, dust, perhaps landscape rearrangement, weather delays and other things cumbersome.  Again, choose the right contractor for your project.  You must feel comfortable and have a good relationship with the contractor you choose.  This will help the process go more smoothly.  Whether your plans including building up or building out, the right construction company can help guide you from the planning stage through the execution and completion of your room addition. The end results will be the answer to your dreams and a functional and beautiful investment in the home that you love and share cherished family memories. 

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