Expecting a New Baby? Here’s What to Consider Before Adding on to Your House
There’s so much to think about when you learn that you’re expecting a new member of the family.
You have to think of how you’re going to tell the rest of your family the exciting news. And there are always questions about maternity and paternity leave to answer.
When you’re busy planning an exciting arrival, it can be easy to overlook an important factor: space.
Adding on to your house may seem like the most logical solution for preparing for a new baby, but home additions are rarely simple projects.
Are you not sure if a new addition is the right move to make for you and the new baby? If you’re on the fence, take some time to think about these things before you make your decision.
Think About the Best Solution
We’re clear fans of expansions and new construction projects, but sometimes it’s better to work with what you have.
You may find that converting an existing room or adding a wall to a large room could have the desired effect you want. Sometimes a simple remodeling project can give you the space you need.
Do you plan on having multiple children? Unless you own several acres of land, you can’t keep adding rooms to your house each time you have a baby. In that case, buying a bigger home would be a better solution.
Consider Your Current Layout and Space
If you add a new room to the house, think about how it’ll impact the current layout and flow of your home.
Adding a new room to the back of the house gives your more living space, but it’ll cut down on backyard space. The new room may mean that you won’t be able to have your dream swimming pool or basketball court.
Think about how people will be able to reach other areas of the house when they’re in the room. Will it be close to a bathroom or other bedrooms, or is the room a little isolated in comparison to the rest of the house?
Be Realistic About Your Time and Money
You may be working with an affordable construction company, but building an entirely new room for your house can get costly. Spending several thousand dollars when you’re preparing for a baby may not be ideal.
There’s also the time factor. Depending on the baby’s due date, your new addition may not be ready by the time they arrive.
Be honest with yourself about the amount of time and money you have to put into the project. See what you have to work with, then start planning from there.
Go Beyond Adding on to Your House
Adding on to your house can be what you need to get your home ready for the latest addition to your family. If you have any questions or want to know how to get started, contact us today so we can help.
Now that we’ve covered adding on a spare bedroom, let’s think about other ways you can improve your home for your growing family.
Side-by-side sinks or a bigger tub could make your home more comfortable for everyone in your family.
Do you feel like you can’t afford to remodel your bathroom when you’re planning for your new baby? Once you read our post on how a bathroom remodeling project adds value to your home, you’ll wonder why you haven’t remodeled it sooner.