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Home Again, Home Again: Choosing Between Building New Or Adding On

Finding the perfect home for you and your family can be a daunting task. And when you have been living in the same home for several years, your family may expand beyond what your current home can comfortably support. While many people would decide to just go out house hunting, you are left wavering back and forth between two options. Choosing between adding on to your current home and designing a custom home for your family can seem like an impossible task. However, if you keep a few factors in mind, you can more easily make the right decision for yourself and your family. 

Consider the Familiarity Factor

As an adult, you have become accustomed to change in life. However, your children have not necessarily had the life experience to get them used to major changes. 

This is an important factor to consider when trying to choose between altering your current home and designing a new home. Your house may be the only home your children have known and uprooting them, particularly if it means moving schools, neighborhoods, or even towns can put a great deal of stress on your children. Because of this, the familiarity of your current home can play a roll in your decision. 

Keep the Limitations of Your Current Home in Mind

While you may have big dreams of the ways in which you could expand your current home, you need to be sure that you are keeping the limitations of your home and property in mind. For example, if your current home is a ranch-style house, you cannot reasonably envision a multi-story home with new levels added on. 

Additionally, you may have a great idea for how to expand your bedroom but it would encroach upon your property lines too closely or even nudge into your neighbor's yard. In such cases, when your dreams for your perfect home are too different from the space of your property and existing structure of your home, designing a custom home would be the better option. 

Consider the Time the Project Will Take

Construction projects in general take a significant amount of time. While home additions can be extensive, building a custom home takes a great deal longer. 

If you are planning on building a home, you need to be prepared to wait for a year or more for your home to be complete. There are numerous details that will need to be considered, plans to be drawn up, property to be found and secured, and then construction to be finished. So, do not wait until your home situation is unbearable before you begin seriously considering a custom home.

Now that you know how to decide between adding on to your current home or building a new custom home, you can get started on your project. Whichever option you choose, you will be sure to have the ideal home for you and your family. 

To learn more, contact a company like Old School Carpentry