My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
If you find the perfect home lot for your dream house, the current home should not be a deterrent. Sometimes the perfect lot has an imperfect home, but this is an issue that can be dealt with. If the current home does not work for your needs or is not your style, knocking it down and removing the structure allows you to start over again. Though you may not want the home, you should keep the foundation of the current house, for several reasons.
The foundation process is done
Before a home can be built or before a modular home can be placed on the lot, you will need to have the foundation set up. Setting up a foundation is easier said than done, as pins must be placed in the foundation to hold up the structure, and the foundation will need to be the proper size for the house. Allowing the foundation to set is also a process that must take place before any further building is permitted. If you utilize the foundation that is already in place, you have cut the process time for building your home down significantly.
Foundation repair is easier
Rather than building a new foundation, you can reinforce the old structure. Have a foundation expert from a company like RCW Construction look at the structure once you have knocked down the old home. If there are cracks or issues, the foundation repair expert will be able to fill these in to make sure that the structure will hold up. Having the foundation repaired may also give you a further warranty on the new work, which works best for those who plan on building a brand-new home with full warranties.
Plans can be made with the existing structure
If you are building a home or if you plan to have your home built in a factory, you may be amazed at the amount of choices that you have to make. Dealing with a current foundation means that you know the exact amount that you can use as square footage for the bottom floor of the home. Basing your architecture on this fact can make it easier to decide where to place rooms and how much to have on the ground floor versus the top floors. If you are selecting a modular home from a catalogue, you will be able to narrow down your options to the homes that meet the standard for the current foundation that is in place.