Home Additions Guidelines

The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Additions

Here are a few do’s and don’ts to follow when you are looking to increase the space with home additions, and, add value to your house:


  • Begin with a design. In order to hire a reputable contractor or even obtain the necessary permits for your addition, you need a solid design and a detailed set of plans. Whether it is a designer, architect, or contractor, hiring someone to design your addition can accomplish several things. A well-thought-out design gives you the opportunity to explore all options, create a clear scope of work, and prevent potentially costly mistakes.
  • Increasing the size of your kitchen. Almost every kitchen improvement adds value to your home. When considering an addition to your kitchen, make sure what you add is functional and will suit your current needs. It is important that you keep a space both functional and neutral.
  • Add additional bathrooms. Just like the kitchen project, adding additional bathrooms also adds value to your home. When adding additional bathrooms, you almost can’t go wrong. Just speak to a professional remodeler to make sure the location and functionality make sense with your home’s layout.


  • Forget about possible problems. It is possible that your home addition will not go according to plan, as there are too many variables. That is why it is important to plan for any delays and unanticipated costs. It is also recommended to allow for a 10-15% contingency fund and a flexible deadline should anything unforeseen add to the cost and timeline of your project.
  • Overbuild for the size of the lot. Adding to your home will almost always pay off unless of course, it is at the expense of your lot size. Adding to your kitchen will increase the value of your home. But, you need to also consider that if you build right to the edge of the property line, you reduce the chances of landscaping and installing a patio space.

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss home additions, please contact Vasa Construction LLC at (206) 201-0325 now, if you live in the Seattle, WA region.