Have you been thinking about building an addition onto your Fond Du Lac home or property? Home additions are the only way to add more liveable space to your property. If you aren’t fortunate to have a large unfinished basement you can remodel for the extra space then building an addition on your property is going to be your only option.
There are several different types of additions that can be added onto a Fond Du Lac home. Your addition could be as simple as creating a little more space on a single room, a bedroom for example. Or it could be as complex as building out an additional 1300 sq ft or more of new space. It’s even possible to add another story to your home if you don’t have the room to build “out”.
Home additions are generally one of the more expensive home improvement projects because of all the work involved but they do offer a great return in the increased property value and the additional space and use you’ll get out of your home.
In the case of a rental addition or sutie, it’s possible for the addition to pay for itself in a few short years if you can find a steady tennant. Many homeowners are going this route with a “mortgage helper” suite.
No matter which option you decide to go with for your home addition there is going to be the entire collection of trades working on your home. Framing, electrical, plumbing and HVAC, roofing and siding are all services you’re going to require at some point during the project. This is where many homeowners would agree that working with a local professional contractor who specializes in home additions is their best option.
Building Home Additions in Fond Du Lac, WI
Room “Bump Out” Addition
This is just a very small addition to a single room in your home. Maybe you’d like to have a small eating area off your kitchen, or a little more space in a bedroom, maybe you want a bigger bathroom?. This is where a bump out room addition could be an option for you. Adding anywhere from 50 – 100 additional square feet to a section of your home. If you only need a tiny bit of extra space, then a bump out is a good option.
Single Room Addition or Expansion
Not quite as small as a bump out, not quite as big as a full blown home addition, a room addition will simply add-a-room or expand the space in an existing one. Often the addition will be for a living room, kitchen or an additional bedroom or even a home office. Plumbing may or may not be required, electrical work most certainly will, as well as all your exterior trades such as roofing and siding.
If you have the available property then a room addition might be a good option for you. This is not always possible with a smaller city lot though so you’ll have to consult with a local builder to get the specifics on your project.
Whole Home Addition
Whole home additions are much larger in scale than your room addition. An entire home addition is essentially that, building a “mini home” onto your existing one. Often whole home additions will include a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and are often designed as a separate living space. These projects are much larger in scope and scale and will require the services of a competent building contractor who can manage and organize all of the sub-trades through to completion. Your whole home addition might require foundation work to be done, will require plumbing, electrical, drywall, painting, HVAC, roofing and siding. If you have the need for more space adding an additional 1000+ sq ft to your home is a possibility.
Adding A 2nd Story To Your Home
Often the only option for homeowners with a cramped city lot is to “build up”. And with the services of a competent building contractor it’s definitely a possibility. Your local bylaws and building codes will ultimately determine the feasibility of this project. But don’t get discouraged; contractors work through the red-tape all the time and can help you make sense of the situation.
Adding a level to your home requires major structural changes to your home and must be signed off by an engineer. This type of addition can literally double your living space if you want it to, or you could just have a single upstairs room added… It’s up to you.
Adding a 2nd story to your home is not a project for the faint of heart. You want to choose a contractor with a rock solid reputation and who is capable of such projects because some contractors won’t even attempt it.
Converting Your Garage Into Living Space
If you have a garage you’re not really using (it’s just full of junk) then you also have the possibility of converting this into new living space. Often wiring is already in place and plumbing not that far off. There is already a roof and at least 3 walls so for addition potential, the garage has a lot going for it.
There are downsides however… Where you will park your car? or any toys you might have like a boat or a motorcycle? If you have an alternate safe storage facility then it’s not a problem. Another point to keep in mind is that converted garages are usually not the most popular option for home buyers (they usually want the garage), so if you plan to sell you might want to avoid this.
What Will It Cost To Build an Addition On My Fond Du Lac Home?
This is probably the most important question any homeowner has about their upcoming home addition. “What’s it going to cost!”. That’s a really hard figure to give out over the Internet. To give you a very rough idea on construction costs you could expect to pay anywhere from $100-$200 per square foot of “finished” space.
That’s a big spread on price but it’s going to depend on what you’re actually doing and what materials you’re using and other complications or special circumstances your project may require. It’s best to ask a professional building contractor to provide you with a formal written estimate after thorough inspection of your project.
For examples sake, let’s say you’d like a larger master bedroom and you want to add 100 square feet of new space. If we assume you’re choosing mid-range priced materials we can safely say a rough cost of approximately $150 per square foot finished. So 100 x $150.00 is $15,000. You’re new 100 square feet of new space could cost $15,000 to add onto your home. This is just a rough ballpark to prepare you for the actual cost of a home addition. Your situation will likely be different.
Who Builds Beautiful Home Additions In Fond Du Lac, WI?
Brad’s Construction is a full service home construction and remodeling contractor serving the Fond Du Lac, Mayville, Waupun and Beaver Dam areas of Wisconsin.
We specialize in home additions of all sizes from simple room bump outs to more complex whole home additions or even adding another level to your home.
When you hire Brad’s Construction to work on your Fond Du Lac home addition project you’re partnering with a professional contractor who can help you realize your building goals. We understand the building codes inside and out and maintain the highest level of quality with every project we complete. We can build you a beautiful addition for your home.
If you’d like to have Brad’s Construction provide you with an estimate on your home addition project, please give us a call or fill out one of our contact forms and we’ll be in touch shortly.