Below, we’ve outlined the design process and the key things to consider when undertaking a home addition project.
ADDITIONS DESIGN PROCESS AND CONSIDERATIONS
Unlike most kitchen remodels and bathroom renovations, home additions are not a by-right remodeling project and are by no means guaranteed. Zoning restrictions, historic-district preservation ordinances and even neighbors can often prevent a home owner from constructing the home addition of their dreams. Zoning restrictions include by-right lot coverage, floor/area ratio and rear, side and front yard setbacks. In certain neighborhoods exterior construction can be highly regulated by various entities such as, Homeowners Associations, Historic Preservation or District Committees. Therefore, it’s important to conduct preliminary research prior to getting too involved in the design of a home addition. When the legality or logistics of a proposed home addition is in question, Ohio Property Brothers can typically perform a feasibility study as a first step. This can involve an informal meeting with relevant local committees, production and presentation of preliminary drawings for concept approval, and pre-design review meetings with zoning board members. Once we are fairly certain that the proposed home addition will be approved, Ohio Property Brothers will begin the design process proper. The majority of our remodeling projects on older homes have excellent bones or details original to when the house was built. In such instances, the challenge is to integrate modern amenities, while preserving the historical integrity of the home. We take this responsibility seriously and design with a careful eye to the relationship between the old and new structure. While such integration is generally more costly than “slapping on a box” to increase square footage, we believe that as good stewards, the extra expense is always worth it.With the feasibility study completed and considerations in mind, Ohio Property Brothers will lead you through the home addition design process. The steps involved are outlined below:
Initial Design Consultation:
Visiting with you in your home will allow us to understand your vision while talking openly about your needs and preferences. We will have high level discussions about the existing spacesaffected by the new addition and you should be ready to identify any issues with the current layout. We want to know if you prefer a chef’s kitchen or enhanced entertainment area. We will ask design related questions about double bowl or separate sinks in the master bath or creating a Jack and Jill bathroom layout. This is a great time to review inspirational images from Houzz or Pintrest!
We will begin to revise the design based on your feedback from the initial design meeting. A conceptual plan will begin to emerge and this will provide us with the information we need to start developing a design package. From here we will compile elements from previous designs options and refine until we have the final schematic layout.
Trade Partner Walkthrough:
After you have approved the schematic design of your new addition Ohio Property Brothers will coordinate walkthroughs with our trade partners. This can normally be accomplished in a couple visits to accommodate everyone’s schedule. Our trade women and men are critical to the success of the project and Ohio Property Brothers will actively engaged in communication with any engineer, plumber, electrician, site foreman and others on the construction team. We will use all of this information and feedback to develop the pricing for the project.
During this stage of the design we will have a solid view of your aesthetic vision for the addition. At this point the broad strokes of the type of materials you want will be broken down into manageable bite size decisions related to the actual products we will use in your home. We will help you prioritize the selections based on common lead times and connect you with the appropriate show rooms or vendors. Many of Ohio Property Brothers clients will utilize these referrals as we have negotiated discounts and established relationships.
After the finish selections have been finalized we communicate the necessary design and architectural elements to the construction team and finish preparing the documents for the appropriate permitting department. The planning prior to this stage will pay off exponentially as we define and detail the final plans.
ADDITION PERMITTING AND CONSTRUCTION
Following the trade walkthrough and finish selections, we have the information we need to write up the construction contract and finalize construction pricing for your home addition. In the rare occasion where finishes for the addition have not been finalized, material allowances may be used. This enables us to move into contract and begin the permitting process. There will be multiple pre-construction meetings, some with you and a number will be with our staff and the construction team. These meetings will define logistical issues such as living and parking arrangements, tool and material staging, dumpster placement, nosy neighbor protocol and much more! Some projects will be invasive enough that you will move offsite for specific portions of the project. Be assured, Ohio Property Brothers Project Managers will be in tune to your needs and will remain in consistent communication. Parts of the construction phase are exciting as we all get to view the fruits of our labor in tangible, structural progress! Before you know it, you will be snuggled in to your newly improved home!
“If you are looking for an honest, trustworthy, timely and hardworking group look no further. I think first impressions hold a lot of value and Brian Hayes met with me and took his time to understand my vision and wants for our kitchen, bathroom and mantle renovation. He knew that I was not going to be an easy customer to please and that I expected perfection and his company delivered just that. I value honestly and from day one he was transparent and I knew I was in the best of hands with OPB. He was always accessible when I needed opinions and/or had questions and brought all my visions to life. We could not be happier with our experience with OPB and would HIGHLY recommend them!!!! Thank you OPB for giving us exactly what we wanted!!!”.