Adding a room onto your house is a big decision.  After all, they may completely change the way your house looks when you pull up to it!  However, if your home is bursting at the seams, the change is well worth it.


Room Additions

Room Additions – What Do You Need to Remember?

No matter what kind of room additions you’re considering, there are 5 things you need to remember:

1.  They can make your home stand out

If you live in a place where the homes are a little older (like in St. Petersburg, for example), the average home isn’t very big.  So, if you add a room onto your home, you’ll instantly make it stand out.

And, since most Florida homes don’t have a second story, if you were to add an entire second floor’s worth of rooms, you could instantly add a whole lot of value!


2.  The “meshing” is very important

The last thing you want is room additions that look like they were added onto your home.  Instead, you need a builder that can successfully “mesh” everything together, so that your house looks like it was built that way – instead of looking like it was built in sections.


3.  They've got to make the most out of every inch

Room additions are much easier to tackle when you've got acres and acres of space to play with.  However, the Tampa Bay area doesn't work that way.  In fact, in our area, space is one of the most sought-after commodities, so you've got to make the most out of what you've got!

Whether you want to add a family room, another bedroom, or a bigger garage, you need to make sure that your builder has a design plan that perfectly takes advantage of your space.  Otherwise, the project isn't worth your time and money.


4.  The budget is a little trickier than you think

When it comes to room additions, your budget isn't a one-step process.  It’s more of an evolution.  Sure, you’ll pay your builder a fixed amount.  However, the costs don’t end there.  Remember, you’ll also have to pay extra money to keep your new space cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  

So, before you opt for that giant new room, make sure you can really afford it!  You might discover that an addition that’s half the size is much better budget-wise.


5.  They can come with all sorts of questions

If you've got a bunch of questions about the room addition process, that’s OK.  A good builder will be happy to answer them for you.  In fact, your builder is your partner in this whole process!  

Remember, your building team is supposed to be experts on room additions.  If they can’t – or won’t – answer your questions in a way that you’re satisfied with, they’re not the right team for you!

What to look for in a Building Contractor

Take care to verify that your contractor is licensed, bonded and insured.

Here’s what that means:

  • Licensed - In most states, including Florida, one must have a license to legally do construction for others. You can make sure a company is licensed by checking here; www.myfloridalicense.com
  • Bonded - Bonded refers to a company having a “surety bond”. This guarantees the contractor will complete a project as specified in the contract documents. If the contractor fails to complete the project, the bond company pays another contractor to finish it. Anyone can SAY they have such a bond. To be safe, you need to ask the contractor what the name and number is for their bond company, then call them to verify it.
  • Insured - A contractor should have both “Worker’s Compensation” insurance and “Liability Insurance”. The minimum amounts required for general liability insurance are:
    • $300,000 bodily injury
    • $50,000 property damage

Contractors are required to show you a certificate of their insurance. You may also want to check with the insurance company to verify the policy is active.

Stalba Construction is the contractor you can trust for your next project.

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