Carpentry Home Addition Tips

by Randolf Scott
(California West Side!)

Carpentry Home Addition; Adding on to your home can improve the rooms you already have or create entirely new accommodation. A new kitchen or bathroom will not only provide extra facilities but may relieve congested space in the rest of your home; an addition can give the room for anything from a studio to self-contained living quarters for grandparents or grown-up children. And this type of alteration is one of the best ways of adding value to your home — if it is well carried out. The essential prerequisite is sufficient ground area. But however much land you have, you will have to balance the loss of outside area with the gain in living space. If your garden is precious, consider a roof extension instead. Another option would be to convert an adjoining garage or build an extra storey on it. Since additions demand careful siting, planning and design, it is always a good idea to consult an architect. More Carpentry Home Addition Tips

Practical implications Alterations to external walls are likely to form a major part of the work. In some cases, new loading may be put on to walls, especially if the addition is more than one storey high. When building on top of an existing structure, you can avoid having to strengthen the foundations by using a light timber or metal framework. New drainage and services or alterations to existing arrangements may also be required. You must check whether there are any legal restrictions about what you can build.

Local legislation may affect not only the style and type of addition but also its location, size, the materials of which it can be constructed and its relation to other buildings.

Building on The options for building directly on to your home range from extending an existing room with a custom-built addition in materials chosen to match the original building to putting up a prefabricated off-the-shelf unit. No matter how the work is carried out the new area will require drainage, heating and electricity. Careful planning is essential to minimize disruption to existing drainage and rainwater pipes and to avoid blocking out light from other rooms in the borne. If some loss is unavoidable, introducing roof lights or high-level windows is a good way of bringing light back into the center of the building. MoreCarpentry Home Addition Tips

Linking up — The way of ensuring that light is not blocked off is to plan the extension around a court-yard, with openings into both the new building and the old. Alternatively, an outbuilding or garage could be converted and linked to the main house, with the space between turned into a courtyard — and perhaps even glazed over. Since this type of alteration will have little or no effect on the structure of your home, a greater freedom in the treatment of both the outbuilding and the link between the two is possible, together with the opportunity to create interesting indoor/outdoor spaces, contrasts of style and materials.

The type of addition What type of addition is appropriate will depend on the size, style, location and immediate surroundings of your house; as well, it will depend on what local planning legislation will allow.

Take as much care inside the building over the continuity of old and new. If, for example, the new addition is to share access and circulation with the main house, it will have to be planned to make use of present access points and stairs and to make the best use of space and resources.

As far as the style of the addition is concerned, the two extremes of treatments might be expressed as follows: on the one hand, a new wing for a period house, which so exactly matches it in every detail that it appears to have always been there; on the other, an aluminium and glass addition so skilfully and sympathetically designed that it perfectly complements a building quite different in character. Thanks for reading this page on Carpentry Home Addition

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