House Addition - Where Do I Even Start?

suziequeApril 25, 2010

Hi - I would like to put an addition on my tiny antique house. i don't even know how to start. Do I first talk to an architect? An engineer? I certainly want someone who understands old houses and can help to make something not "stick out like a sore thumb".

But most of all, I don't even know where to start with all of this. Who do I contact first and how do I find them?

Thank you - for anything you can tell this "addition newbie".

Suzieque

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live_wire_oak

Start with a real estate agent. Ask whether or not dropping a couple of hundred thousand on your existing home would be recouped or if you're planning something "above the neighborhood" or whether or not it'd be better to sell and take those thousands and put towards a home that is larger and more suited to your lifestyle from the beginning.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2010 at 9:23PM
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suzieque

Thanks. I appreciate your response. My house is "below the neighborhood", so I'd be building "up". Now ... my house is fine. It's antique and small. Most of the others in the neighborhood are newer (1980's to 2000) and much larger. Of course, it still may be better to sell and buy, but I just wanted to make sure it's clear that most homes in the neighborhood are worth more $$ now.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2010 at 9:45PM
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HandyMac

The agent can tell you if it would be worth doing, but the codes office will tell you if it is possible and how much room(and where) there is for an addition. Property setbacks and utility/city right of ways limit expansion in many cases.

The current foundation may not be sufficient for a second story and the surrounding ground may limit the types of new foundations possible. An engineer should have that information.

And finally, an architect and their blueprints will often be necessary for the permits. Some contracting companies may have all or some of those folks.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2010 at 11:38PM
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