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.© irina_katunina / Dollar Photo Club
If you don’t have the ability to move or spend money on a new, larger home, a room addition project may be the best option for you. A room addition can help your home cater to your lifestyle by providing extra space for activities and pleasures.
Here are some ideas on ways you could use an extra room.
Free Home Improvement Permits
The City of Mission Viejo created a program called “Improve Don’t Move” giving homeowners incentive to remodel their homes. Effective through July 4, 2012, the program allows for home improvement permits to be issued FREE of charge until funding limits are reached. Now is the time to add a room addition, spruce up the kitchen or design a custom bathroom instead of moving. Although some homeowners and contractors skip the permitting process, permits offer valuable protections and peace of mind for any remodeling project.
Don’t Cut Corners
Each city is different, but if you’re caught by the city without a permit for your Orange County home addition or remodel you could be charged up to 10 times what the original permit fee would have been. In addition, the city could force you to remove and re-do any work that is not in compliance with the appropriate codes. For example, if the original permit would have cost you $500, the city’s fine could easily rack up to $5,000 in addition to hundreds or thousands of dollars in replacement and repair costs. You should also be aware that any work done without a permit will need to be disclosed when selling your home which can, and will, significantly decrease its value. Have your contractor or a design + build firm, such as Sea Pointe Construction handle the permitting process for you.Having relationships with the building departments in cities throughout Orange County is also an added bonus which makes the permitting process painless with little inconvenience for the homeowner.