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5 Benefits of a Home Addition

With low interest rates and climbing home prices in Orange County, home additions have become popular once again. And, homeowners are more creative than ever about how they want to use the extra space. From home offices and extended gourmet kitchens to spa-like bathrooms, man caves, and home theaters, the options for additions are limitless.

A home addition is a fantastic way to add square footage, increase your home’s value, and even make it more functional. Let’s take a closer look at five valuable benefits of home additions.

5 Benefits of a Home Addition
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1. More Space

One of the most obvious reasons why homeowners choose to update their home with an addition is to simply increase their living space. Whether it’s used to expand a bathroom or kitchen or create a walk-in closet, a small addition can create a big impact and open up many new possibilities when it comes to storage, decorating, and function.

2. Room for Additional Family Members

Kids moving back after college has become the new norm. In 2014, more than 20 million young adults (ages 18 to 31) were living with their parents. As well, there is a growing trend for elders to move in with their grown children to receive at-home care. Because of this, many homeowners either have to move or reconfigure their current homes to make room for younger or older generations, or sometimes both! A bedroom is a common home addition that can be built out with or without an attached bathroom.

3. More Luxury

Have you always loved the look of his and her sinks in a master bath? Do you long for a sunny breakfast nook to enjoy those warm Orange County mornings? A home addition can help you get what is on your wish list without having to relocate. By working with a skilled remodeler, you may find that bringing some luxury into your existing home is easier than you think.

4. Home-based Businesses

Many businesses start at the kitchen table or in the garage, but soon, it can be a hassle running a growing enterprise from a less-than-ideal location in your home. With a home addition, you can create a dedicated space to enable your business to thrive that is as functional as and far more comfortable than anything you could find in an outside office. And, there are often valuable tax benefits to creating a home office, too!

5. Increased Value

In some cases, a home addition can add value to your home. This isn’t always the case, but it is worth considering. If your goal with an addition is to add value to your home, it’s a smart idea to consult with a real estate professional who can help guide you towards the most in-demand additions that homebuyers will pay a premium for.

An addition is one of many ways that can help you maximize your enjoyment and use of your home. Not only are they a great way to create a personalized space that fits your needs, they are almost always more affordable than moving. Whether you want more space for your personal belongings, a family member, or a growing home-based business, a home addition might be a very smart decision.

If you want to learn more about building an addition to your home, contact SeaPointe Construction at 949-861-3400 for a free in-home consultation.

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Adding a Second Story to a California Ranch Home

In Orange County, the ranch style home reigns supreme. Popular with families, this single story design is highly functional and versatile. One of the latest trends for homeowners with ranch homes is to create more space with a second story addition.

If you own a classic California ranch home and want more space, keep reading! The following provides some guidelines and ideas to consider.

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The Benefits of Building Upward

If space is in short supply, you have two options. You can move or you can expand your living space. Moving is not only more costly, it could mean switching schools or extending your commute to work.

An alternative is adding a second story which can provide more space, brighten interior spaces, and modernize the entire look and feel of your home.

With a new addition, you can design the space to fit your specific needs. From creating a new office to finally getting that home theater you’ve always dreamed of, the possibilities are endless. You can even modify the flow of your first story floor plan at the same time. That spiral staircase or higher kitchen ceiling can be yours at a fraction of what you’d pay if it was done as a separate project.

Obstacles to Building a Second Story

Of course, like with any home construction project, there can be challenges that need to be considered. It pays to work with an experienced remodeling services provider who can work through the specifics with you and provide the best possible options for your budget, timeline, and needs.

Some of the primary considerations include:

Local zoning ordinances and building code requirements – Every city and many homeowners’ associations in Orange County have specific rules and regulations when it comes to adding a second story. It’s well worth the effort to carefully review all requirements before starting any project.

Foundation – The additional weight of a second story can put a tremendous amount of weight on a home’s foundation. If it has damage from earthquakes or unresolved structural problems, it may not be feasible to build a second story until these problems have been corrected.

Design and Material Restrictions – Your neighborhood may have very specific guidelines on what building materials are suitable to keep a consistent look with your neighbors. While you may want a Tuscany-inspired second story addition, if you’re in an enclave of mid-century homes, your design inspiration may not be allowed.

Stairs – How and where you place the stairs to your new second floor is a very important decision. A good architect or designer can help you determine where it looks the most natural and where it will be most functional.

Permits and Inspections – There is plenty of paperwork when it comes to building an addition to any home. This isn’t something to gloss over as it will be essential if and when you ever decide to sell your home.

Water, Sewer, and Electrical – These structural necessities need to be factored in when building a second story.

Additional Costs – When calculating the cost of a second story, it’s important to carefully budget for the construction, as well as the floor coverings, furniture, and other extras necessary to make it functional.

Want to learn more about adding a second story to your home? Contact Sea Pointe Construction’s team of professionals. With more than two decades of experience, we have the expertise to create a new space that you and your family will enjoy for many years to come. Contact us today for a free in-home consultation.

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Using Custom Cabinets to Solve Kitchen Organization Problems

Arguably the heart of the home, kitchens should not only be welcoming, but also employ functionality to make the cook’s life easier. Often times, families can become overwhelmed in terms of organizing kitchen tools, appliances, and décor… especially when space is sparse. Are you almost ready to hang up the towel? Perhaps you are at the point where you are ready for a custom solution. These common kitchen problems can be fixed with customized kitchen cabinets and drawers to make your life easier and your kitchen more organized.

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Problem: You forget where you put things.
Solution: Glass doors for your cabinets.

Are things constantly being moved around in your kitchen? Maybe you are tired of opening every cabinet in the kitchen to find your favorite coffee mug. Why not give glass cabinet doors a go? This will let you find things in a flash. You can also put decorative dishes on display for decor. Glass cabinet doors also tend to give the space a more open feel, giving the room a little more depth. If you don’t trust yourself to keep your cabinets looking pristine behind the doors, go for frosted glass to hide any messes inside.

Problem: Your counter space is limited.
Solution: Install floating appliances and shelves.

Counter space is precious for any cook, experienced or not. When it is overwhelmed with a ton of small appliances, not only does it start to look cluttered, but you are also left with hardly any room to create culinary masterpieces. We suggest embedding appliances like microwaves or toaster ovens into your cabinetry so that they are up and away from countertops entirely. This can free up at least a couple feet for you to work. For other countertop items like spices or utensils, floating shelves can be installed to get them out of the way, but never far from reach.

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Problem: You need more storage space
Solution: Put in custom cabinet racks

People often think they do not have enough storage space, when in reality they are just not completely maximizing every inch they do have. Take advantage of all the air space in cabinets by designing and installing custom cabinet tiered storage racks. Not only can these keep you more organized, but you can potentially fit double the amount of stored items in one cabinet by taking its potential storage space all the way to the top. This works best with lower cabinets where you will be able to see and reach everything on the racks.

Problem: You waste a whole drawer on silverware
Solution: Install a vertical cutlery organizer

Many people waste an entire kitchen drawer by laying their silverware flat. Get more space by keeping your silverware in a deeper drawer and storing them vertically in a custom organizer. Realistically, you’ll only need about four to five slots, leaving a ton of extra drawer space for other items.

Whatever your kitchen problem, Sea Pointe Construction is here to help. We can help evaluate your space for pain points and come up with custom solutions to make your time in the kitchen easy and worry-free. Contact us for a free in-home estimate, and to talk about your own custom cabinet ideas that we can help bring to life.

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How to Get Ready for a Remodel

Now that warmer weather is gracing several parts of the country, many new remodeling projects are underway. From whole home makeovers to even the smallest closet expansion, it is always wise to prepare yourself for what is in store for the smoothest of transitions. Here are some ways to help get yourself and your family ready for your upcoming home remodeling project.

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Set Up Accommodations

In the event that you are remodeling major areas of your home, you may want to vacate altogether for the period of construction. Whether you are renting a temporary space or staying with relatives, plan on staying a week past the expected finish date of your remodeling project. This gives a buffer in case of any unexpected road bumps that may create delays. You may also need to keep in mind that your belongings will need a place to stay out of the way, as well. Look in to local storage centers if you need to empty out rooms. The time buffer can also give you time to move your belongings back in if you choose to store them.

Leave Room in the Budget

Leading up to a big remodeling project, it is always smart to leave a cushion in your budget. This will help with any extra costs that arise, or if you decide on any changes throughout the makeover. In the best case scenario, and what Sea Pointe strives for, you will be able to keep that cushion as a nice present for yourself if no further construction costs accrue, and possibly use it for decorating your new space!

Take Before Photos

What is more gratifying than seeing your finished space? Being able to compare it side by side with what once was! Take before photos not only to document any changes for personal files, but also for memories and to show off what a great difference has been made.

Cover and Protect Furniture

Depending on the size of the job, things can get messy during a remodel. Whatever furniture or belongings you decide not to keep in storage should be covered and protected with a waterproof tarp. This will help keep the debris of construction from damaging any of your possessions.

Alert the Neighbors

As a courtesy, neighbors may appreciate the heads up that you will be remodeling. Your home makeover does indeed affect them, as some projects may produce construction noise during the day. If your project involves demolition, waste containers could potentially use several spaces of street parking as well.

Sea Pointe Construction strives for not only the highest quality of remodeling work, but also the smoothest process with our clients. We will go over the work schedule so that you have a clear picture of what will be done and when. You can count on your project manager to oversee day-to-day operations to clear your own mind space for more important things. We will keep you up to date with our progress so that you are never left in the dark. Call us today for a free consultation for your remodeling ideas.

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