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5 Tips for Remodeling or Building a Home Addition to a Split Level Home

Pexels Photo 192601A split-level home features a design where the levels are staggered, as opposed to being one story above another. Many of these structures are built on smaller or narrow lots, or in hilly areas. Since they generally have less square footage owners often make plans to expand them. Making an addition to a split-level is sometimes more difficult than it is for other types of structures. The following tips should be helpful to anyone who wants to make changes to these homes.

Determine your needs. Knowing why you want to remodel will be a big help in shaping your plan for the home. If you want to put the home on the market, you may make a few improvements you would not make if you plan to remain. Understanding your needs will also help you to come up with the right budget.

Consider an exterior addition. If expanding the home itself seems to be too challenging, and there is no urgent need for another room, consider adding a deck or a sunroom. This way you can physically increase your living space without changes to the existing structure. Make sure that the design of the deck or sunroom complements the architecture of your home.

Make use of existing space. Converting a garage or a basement is an ideal way to create an addition to your split-level home. This is a good way to save money on the remodel and you can put this towards better quality materials. Check the local building codes to see what is required. Compliance failure can lead to additional costs.

Get neighborhood inspiration. You can get ideas from other split-level homes in your area that have been renovated. Make note of the changes you like and discuss them with a designer or architect. Some changes may not be available to your depending on the type of structure you have and the state of your lot.

Choose a contractor. Since these structure offer unique challenges, it is best to talk to a contractor who has dealt with them before. This professional can help you to develop realistic expectations based on your budget, the slop of the land and the design of the structure. These contractors can also inform you about building code requirements as they relate to these projects.

During the planning phase, pay attention details such as natural light and the materials you will use. Keep in mind that simple interior changes such as extra storage and rearranging the layout can work wonders.

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