If you are looking for more space than a bump-out can provide, a home addition could be the solution for you! One of the main factors to take into consideration when preparing for an addition is the amount of yard space needed for your planned expansion. You will also need to think about the necessary setbacks.
Any addition will need a proper foundation. Foundation options include building a slab, including a crawl space beneath your addition, or incorporating a full foundation into your existing basement. There are pros and cons to each option:
When completing an addition, you will be adding a heat source and electrical access. You may also want to consider air conditioning and you may need to include possibly plumbing, depending on how you plan to use the additional space.
Adding more space may mean adding more circuits to your electrical panel. Complete the research to determine if your existing panel has the capacity to carry the additional loads. If you need additional circuits, you have a couple of options. First, you could add a subpanel; this would give you about six additional circuits. A second alternative option would be to install a new panel and upgrade the service to provide additional amps for the panel.
Depending on the remodeling project, you may have to install and/or move some plumbing around. If you are adding a bathroom, you should consider the size of your water heater. You may need a 75 gallon, 100 gallon, or tank less water heater to provide plenty of hot water to meet the demands of your family.
The costs for the addition will vary depending on the size of the expansion, cost of finished materials, and the scope of the project.